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.

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.

“Developing Effective Partnership and Pedagogy for your Internationalized Classroom” is designed to support faculty members and IT/library staff, who wish to incorporate globally networked learning (GNL) into either existing or future courses and/or other research, or support research/IT support for GNL courses. In the workshop, we will briefly cover what GNL is and discuss its relevance/importance for current and incoming students at York; provide tools and strategies for effective collaboration with faculty/non-academic researchers with whom York U instructors may wish to design a GNL course/module; and review case studies/models of effective pedagogy and curriculum design for an internationalized classroom. Facilitators of the bootcamp will ensure that the session is interactive and that participants gain the step-by-step guidance they need to embark on their GNL project.

Register for Developing Effective Partnership and Pedagogy for your Internationalized Classroom at GLENDON | Monday, October 2nd, 12pm-4pm

Register for Developing Effective Partnership and Pedagogy for your Internationalized Classroom at KEELE | Thursday, October 5th, 11:30am-3:30pm

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