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Making Global Learning Universal

Copublished with Stylus Publishing, LLC

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While there is wide consensus in higher education that global learning is essential for all students' success, there are few models of how to achieve this goal. The authors of this book, all of whom are from one of the nation's largest and most diverse research universities, provide such a model and, in doing so, offer readers a broad definition of global learning that both encompasses a wide variety of modes and experiences-in-person, online, and in co-curricular activities at home and abroad-and engages all students on campus. They provide a replicable set of strategies that embed global learning throughout the curriculum and facilitate high quality, high-impact global learning for all students.

The approach this book describes is based upon three principles: that global learning is a process to be experienced, not a thing to be produced; that it requires all students' participation-particularly the underrepresented-and cannot succeed if reserved for a select few; and that global learning involves more than mastery of a particular body of knowledge.

The authors conceptualize global learning as the process of diverse people collaboratively analyzing and addressing complex problems that transcend borders of all kinds. They demonstrate how institutions can enable all students to determine relationships among diverse perspectives on problems and develop equitable, sustainable solutions for the world's interconnected human and natural communities. What's more, they describe how a leadership process-collective impact-can enable all stakeholders across departments and disciplines to align and integrate universal global learning throughout the institution and achieve the aims of inclusive excellence.

Providing examples of practice, this book:

  • Offers a model to make global learning universal;
  • Provides a definition of global learning that incorporates diversity, collaboration, and problem solving as essential components;
  • Describes effective leadership for implementation consistent with the attributes of global learning;
  • Illustrates integrative, high-impact global learning strategies within the access pipeline, students' coursework, and co-curricular activities;
  • Offers practical strategies for global learning professional development, student learning assessment, and program evaluation;
  • Promotes inclusive excellence through universal global learning.

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About the Authors

Hilary Landorf is Executive Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University (FIU). The Office oversees FIU's university-wide initiative, Global Learning for Global Citizenship, winner of the Institute of International Education's 2016 Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus. Hilary also serves as Executive Director of the Comparative and International Education Society. She is an Associate Professor in FIU's School of Education and Human Development and leader of its Master of Science degree program in International and Intercultural Education.

Stephanie Doscher is Director of Florida International University's Office of Global Learning Initiatives. She also serves as Program Evaluator for the university's Title VI-funded Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean National Resource Center.

Stephanie's work focuses primarily on organizational leadership and strategic planning, professional development, and integrative curricular and co-curricular design to enable global learning for all. Her research interests concern global learning instruction and assessment and the relationship between global learning, social innovation, and inclusive excellence. Stephanie advises a wide range of colleges and universities and presents engaging workshops for faculty and staff on methods for realizing their unique visions for transformative global learning.

Jaffus Hardrick is Interim President, Florida Memorial University. He was previously Vice Provost of Student Access and Success and Vice President for Human Resources at Florida International University. As an executive administrator with twenty years of higher education experience at both public and private institutions, Hardrick is widely recognized for his strategic and transformational leadership. He has given talks throughout the United States, China, Thailand, and Hong Kong on topics such as diversity and inclusion, leadership, and student success. As Vice Provost, he develops initiatives that position students, in particu

Hilary Landorf, Stephanie Doscher, and Jaffus Hardrick
Stylus Publishing, LLC and NAFSA
September 10, 2018

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