GLOBALLY NETWORKED LEARNING
Globally networked learning (GNL) refers to an approach to research, learning, and teaching that enables students, faculty, and non-academic researchers from different locations around the world to participate in, and collaborate on, knowledge-making processes and concrete research projects. With the aid of various forms of technology - including but not limited to, learning management systems, video conferencing software and hardware, cloud computing and social media - they are brought together in a consortium to collaborate on projects that bring together the diverse perspectives of participants to produce a richer, more nuanced, understanding of the issue(s) at hand. A GNL project might entail or produce cross-cultural discussion on a particular course concept, a joint lecture over multiple time zones, a shared assignment, or a collaborative research project, among other possibilities. The promise of GNL lies in its facilitation, and institutionalization, at YorkU of these new and creative forms of knowledge-making across cultures.

LEARN ABOUT GNL AT YORK UNIVERSITY
The GNL Project at York University began in 2010. “The GNL project at York is currently an autonomous zone bringing researchers, instructors and students together to imagine and experiment with the idea of ‘global thinking’ as a critical skill to acquire for globally networked working environments. GNL can create rich cultural connections by designing a learning environment that engages students locally and internationally in conversations with the goal of advancing collaboratively the latest thinking on global issues," says Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, the current GNL Project Lead. Learn more about the project's conceptualization, history, and future directions here.

PLANNING TO DEVELOP AND MOUNT A GNL COURSE AT YORK UNIVERSITY?
Are you a York University faculty member who is planning to develop and mount a GNL course? The Globally Networked Learning (GNL) Project team is available to meet with you one on one to continue supporting your GNL course development. We encourage you to book time with Dominique Scheffel-Dunand (GNL Project Lead) and Lisa Endersby (Educational Developer with Teaching Commons) to discuss:

  • Planning how to work with your partner;
  • Drafting your course learning outcomes;
  • Designing your course activities;
  • Determining how you will assess your students and evaluate your course.

Consultations are available by appointment at both Keele and Glendon. Please email gnl@yorku.ca to set up a consultation time.