Global Learning for Faculty
Global Learning provides learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff to deepen their understanding of global issues and to foster cross-cultural perspectives. In addition, the office supports innovative faculty projects, study abroad programs, and outreach activities. We believe that international exchanges nurture global perspectives and play a key role in developing our local community. For more information and / or to share your ideas, please contact us at email@example.com.
Global Learning involves learning about those problems and issues that cut across national boundaries, and about the interconnectedness of systems such as ecological, cultural, economic, political and technological. It also involves perspective taking by seeing things through the eyes and minds of others and it means the realization that while individuals and groups may view life differently, they also have common needs and wants. The value and utility of global learning derives from the sense that international events require all societies and their citizens to become knowledgeable about the world beyond their national borders.
Through our Academic Cultural Exchange Program (ACEP) we support faculty in augmenting learning outcomes through the infusion of global and international perspectives. The ACEP program rests on a collaborative effort between Global Learning and International Student Services. We engage our international student population to share cultural perspectives on a variety of topics in the classroom. ACEP helps faculty coordinate many curricular opportunities including but not limited to intercultural conversations, international student panels, globally focused guest speakers, virtual international connections, and global mobility projects. We have observed that ACEP is a gateway for cultural conversations allowing students’ heritage to enter into the curriculum.
Over several years, the Fulbright program has provided an enriching and energizing interaction to our economics, political science, sociology, history, and early childhood disciplines. For 2019-2020, we will have a Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) that will reach one of our largest groups of faculty, the English department. The response of TCC’s English faculty to the news that the Fulbright Learning Team was interested in requesting a SIR in their discipline was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. They welcome not only the immediate professional enrichment that the Scholar’s presence would bring, but the long-term relationship that could develop between the English department, the Scholar, and the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland) and its students. There will be faculty in many other disciplines who will be interested in forming collegial relationships with the SIR, given the Scholar’s background and areas of expertise. In addition, through the Fulbright Outreach Lecture Fund (OLF), TCC is in position to secure Scholars on a short-term basis throughout the semester. TCC has a strong collaborative relationship with the University of Tulsa to bring Fulbright Scholars to the Tulsa area.
Global Learning, in collaboration with International Student Services, teaches the COLL 1101 course. This course is an orientation to the U.S. higher education system for F1-visa international students focusing on the unique learning environment common to U.S. higher education. This course includes a thorough review of F1-visa regulations to which international students are required to comply. Emphasis will be placed on connecting students to the institution’s learning support laboratories and student life offices.