- Center for Global Studies (CGS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignInternational Studies Research Lab 2022
- This program promotes the internationalization of community colleges nationwide. CGS invites applications from faculty, librarians, and administrators interested in expanding global and area studies curricula, instruction in less commonly taught languages, library collections, or international education programs at their home institutions. The Center is a National Resource Center supported by Title VI funds from the U.S. Department of Education.
This program brings together groups of students from the US, Jordan and Iraq through a five-week experience consisting of five binational calls. During the calls, students will practice cross cultural communication and learn about each other's culture as they engage in a series of conversations to practice the process of design thinking in order to discuss global issues in their community.
If you are looking for a light touch, low effort cross cultural virtual exchange experience for your students, this program is for you! The Conversations experience will be weekly during the month of March 2021 and consists of:
- Five Zoom Calls. There are only five binational calls, with minimal work required outside of the calls.
- Binational Groups. Instead of a binational team, students connect in groups from the US, Iraq and Jordan.
- Only Zoom. Zoom is the only platform needed to facilitate this experience.
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Click here for student information on the current IREX program.
The objective of the program is to contribute to the internationalization of the curricula of higher education institutions by applying SUNY’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) methodology to strengthen the academic programs in Mexican and American universities. It was designed to provide teachers from higher education institutions in Mexico and the United States with the necessary tools and knowledge to offer courses that include a COIL component.
The program includes:
List of Mexican professors searching partners for teaching COIL courses in 2022
Gazelle International's CLICK System is a series of professional development workshops (Explore--Connect--Design) that aim to train faculty in establishing virtual exchange programs in their courses. The Explore workshops are aimed towards faculty who want to explore virtual exchange options, and helps to provide more information about what virtual exchange is and how to engage in cross-cultural dialogue. The Connect workshops are designed for faculty who are ready to be matched with partner faculty abroad and gives an opportunity to meet an interact with these counterparts. The Design workshops occur after partners have been matched and partnering faculty use backwards design to develop their learning plans and rubrics. For more information about these programs, click here
Our esteemed colleague, Kathleen Reynolds, Associate Professor of ESL and Linguistics published an OER guide for faculty who are interested in developing a virtual exchange program in their courses. This guide provides an overview of virtual exchange, program options, VE activities, and considerations when designing your own virtual exchange program. You can access the guide here.
For program information, registration information, or if interested in another virtual exchange opportunity contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Working through the shared governance Curriculum Committee, the Office of International Education has aligned the student learning outcomes for the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement with its Global Learning Outcomes. There are six learning outcomes intended to promote awareness of and respect for the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind.
- Describe the interdependence and interconnectedness of world systems (e.g., financial, technological, economic, political, religious, etc) and their components (e.g., nations, ethnic groups, social classes, etc.).
- Explain basic information about other cultures (e.g. their histories, values, politics, economics, communication styles, values, beliefs, and/or practices).
- Demonstrate an understanding of one or more aspects of the social, political, cultural, economic, or historical context of at least one region of the world outside of the United States.
- Demonstrate competence in intercultural communication and/or sociolinguistic awareness (e.g., acquiring basic local language skills, articulating differences in verbal/ non-verbal communication, adjusting one's speech to accommodate individuals from other cultures).
- Analyze Western and non-Western cultural traditions in a world context or from a comparative perspective.
- Evaluate issues of social justice and sustainable development (e.g. identify ethical, political, economic, social and/or environmental global challenges and evaluate local and broader consequences of individual and collective interventions).
All faculty-led study abroad programs must include at least two of these outcomes, and most faculty professional development workshops and projects associated with the Global Region of Focus are tied to these outcomes. Since the adoption of these Global Learning Outcomes, OIE has conducted annual campus-wide assessment of transfer and study abroad programs. Although the results are inconclusive, they suggest a correlation between number of credit hours achieved at the college and competence in the areas assessed. OIE is working with the Office of Outcomes Assessment to align assessment of these outcomes with the campus-wide assessment of the Diverse Perspectives and Cultures General Education outcome.
Intercultural Ireland is offering a wide variety of online modules on a wide variety of courses including history, literature, theatre, art, social justice, global studies, environmental science, and more! Learn More.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.) has online resources for educators and exhibits that you can use in your classroom
Free registration with University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center gives you access to online modules and other resources.
The Arab Studies Institute has a "Learn & Teach: Syria" page with a lot of resources on the ongoing Syrian conflict.
TeachMideast has great resources for students and faculty, including “Week in Review” news updates, country profiles, and multimedia tools on major topics and themes.
The Asia Society’s purpose is to navigate shared futures for Asia and the world across policy, arts and culture, education, sustainability, business, and technology. They are dedicated to identifying pathways for Asia and the world which enhance peace, prosperity, freedom, equality, and sustainability. Their website has a lot of resources, including:
- Extensive information and up to date news sorted by countries and regions.
- Center for Global Information: The Center for Global Education at Asia Society has
a vision that, in an interconnected global era, all youth from all countries and cultures
will have the capacity to create, participate in, and benefit from a peaceful and
prosperous world. They are working toward this vision to accomplish this through a
variety of initiatives, professional development offerings, partnerships, and resources,
and we work with educators, school districts, parents, and communities to ensure that
they have the tools and support they need to globalize learning and better prepare
young people for our global future.
Click here to check some of their current initiatives.
The Theresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies offers several online and hybrid events that focus on Latin America.
The Einaudi Center offers several online events and seminars that delve into current international issues.
Create a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program
Leading a group of students abroad is an extremely rewarding experience!
Just a few reasons to lead a program:
- Great professional development experience
- Further your intercultural competence
- Help cultivate students' academic and intercultural development
Completing a proposal is an important step in developing a new faculty-led program.
The following information is designed to help faculty outline the critical details of their new program. This in turn helps to ensure that the program is shaped with the needs of students in mind and that all important details have been gathered and considered.
The Office of International Education is here to help throughout the entire process so do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
Forms and worksheets:
- Faculty-led Proposal form
- Counselor handout
- Vendor Information sheet
- Budget worksheet
- Faculty-led Study Abroad Proposal Review Rubric
Passepartout is the newsletter of the Office of International Education. Named after Phileas Fogg’s valet Jean Passepartout in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days, our newsletter is your passport to the world of international education at the college. Click below to read any of our latest issues: