Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

Program Description

Global Course Connections “connects” a course offered on an Alliance campus in one country to a course offered on an Alliance campus in another country, providing the courses with an authentic multicultural/multinational dimension they would not otherwise have. Globally connected courses need not be the same course or even from the same discipline; what matters is that the courses provide different perspectives on one or more themes present in both courses. Planned classroom interactions as well as the unplanned, informal exchanges that occur make a difference in how students think about parts of the world that are very different from their own and about which students know little. This can be especially powerful when it leads to insights that challenge student misperceptions.

The instructors collaborate on the design of the course (common readings, viewings, and assignments; co-created lectures, and so on), and students and instructors collaborate on its execution (shared lectures, guest lectures, joint student projects, joint student presentations, and so on). The courses can be tightly coupled, working from a common syllabus with common readings and assignments, or they can be loosely coupled connecting at a set of strategic points where the courses overlap. The courses can be new or adaptations of an existing course. Courses can use synchronous communication (e.g., shared class sessions, student-student Skype sessions) and/or asynchronous communication (e.g., through email, forums in a learning management system, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Facebook Group sites).

For more information, contact Simon Gray, GLCA Program Officer for the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.

Listing your course: If you would like to find a course partner for a course you will offer in 2017-18, please provide the course description through the Course Description Google Form. Your course will appear on the course listing page, where you can find descriptions of other courses looking for a match.

Global Course Connection Proposal: Faculty members who submit a Global Course Connections proposal are eligible to attend the summer Global Course Connection workshop to be held on the campus of . Instructors who submit the proposal and complete a Globally Connected Course will receive a $250 stipend. Of course, faculty members always have the option to informally connect their courses outside the Global Course Connections program, in which case there is no need to submit the application.

The 2017 Global Course Connections workshop was held at Franklin University Switzerland June 24 – 26, 2017. The dates and location of the 2018 have not been determined.

Proposals for connected courses for spring 2018 will be accepted until August 14, 2017. Please work with your course partner to complete a Global Course Connection proposal and the Global Course Connections Information Table. The proposal and table should be sent to Simon Gray.

Previous Globally Connected Courses:

Borders, Wars, and Displacement in MENA  (Oberlin College) and Borders, Wars, and Refugees from the Ottoman Empire to ISIS (Americant University in Cairo). Faculty Members: Zeinab Abul-Magd and Amy Austin Holmes.

Society in Comparative Perspective (Kenyon College) and Crossing Borders Global Citizenship (American University in Cairo). Faculty Members: Jennifer Johnson and Doris Jones.

Peace Journalism (Earlham College) and Introduction to Journalism (American University of Nigeria). Faculty Members: Judith Hetrick and Jacob Jacob.

Gender and Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa (Denison University and Al Akhawayn University). Faculty Members: Isis Nusair and Katija Zvan-Elliott.

Gender, War, and Conflict (Denison University and Franklin University Switzerland). Faculty Members: Isis Nusair and Caroline Wiedmer.

Modern Dance and Choreography (Kenyon College and American College of Greece). Faculty members Julie Brodie and Ana Sanchez Colberg.

Arabic as a Foreign Language (Hope College and Effat University). Faculty Members: Habeeb Awad and Rania Ibrahim.

Intermediate German Language (Denison University and American University in Bulgaria). Faculty Members: Gabriele Dillmann and Diana Stantcheva.

Peace, Conflict & Justice: An International Interdisciplinary Exploration (The American University in Beirut, Bratislava International School for Liberal Arts, and Hope College). Faculty Members: Rima Rantisi, Dagmar Kusa, and Deirdre Johnston.

German Culture and Civilization: 1933 to Present (Denison University, American University in Bulgaria, Hope College, and Ohio State University). Faculty Members: Gabriele Dillmann, Diana Stantcheva, and Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm.

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
+1.734.661.2349 (fax)