The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is offering limited funding to support instructors in developing Global Classrooms to strengthen faculty partnerships and research, diversify pedagogical practicesm and deepening student learning.
The study abroad offices, with support from the European Union Center, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Global Studies, have identified Global Classrooms as a priority to extending and expanding our global learning reach, both while mobility is suspended and beyond. We see this as an opportunity to democratize access to global learning. Therefore, while this is a new initiative on our campus, it is by no means a temporary one, as we seek to further internationalization of the institution on all fronts.
In addition to strengthening faculty partnerships and research, diversifying pedagogical practices and deepening student learning, Global Classrooms has been shown to help students to see their own discipline from multiple perspectives and to interrogate their assumptions in new ways. For examples of projects from peer institutions, see these examples from DePaul, University of Minnesota, Florida International University and across the SUNY system.
Illinois Global Classrooms are aimed at supporting you as an instructor to structure collaborative international learning experiences, facilitated by technology, between your students and students from international partner institutions. In this program, you connect with an international partner who teaches in a similar or complementary discipline to develop a project with concrete goals and deliverables and implement it in one of your existing courses. Projects vary in scope and duration, but typically last between six and eight weeks.
We are seeking proposals from faculty interested in developing a collaborative online international learning opportunity for undergraduate students (some colleges may give preference for first year experience courses). Preference will be given to courses that are already on the books and are a part of a degree program. Courses will be selected based on the variety of topics and partnerships with different areas of the world. For this first round, we are looking for faculty who already have partners abroad with whom they would like to work. However, in the future, we hope to open up possibilities for those who are seeking out partners to have assistance in that process.
If you have college-specific questions, please contact:
- College of ACES: Ali Freter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Gies College of Business: Nicole Lamers (email@example.com)
- Grainger College of Engineering: Meredith Blumthal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- College of LAS: Roman Friedman (email@example.com)
- All other colleges: Joy Phaphouvaninh (firstname.lastname@example.org)