Globally networked learning (GNL) is a research, teaching and learning methodology in which YorkU scholars collaborate with peers from outside the university (both within and beyond academia) and often outside Canada. They co-design/co- teach courses or collaborate on research projects, deepening existing knowledge while also contributing to the formation and elaboration of new perspectives related to issues pertinent to their existing field of study. Pedagogically, GNL pushes faculty members to systematically design and establish critical learning and research environments that foster, stimulate and nurture prospective projects and initiatives open to the participation of researchers and students from different economic, social and political backgrounds. They may be from transnational academic communities or non-academic/ industry communities. Such collaborations of inter-disciplinary communities:

  • Allows for knowledge-production across disciplines previously not possible, or left unexplored, by bringing together researchers and teachers from different disciplines, institutions, and countries – to produce knowledge that transcends the boundaries specific to one’s own disciplinary or academic silos;
  • Specifically and systematically develops shared learning, teaching and researching cultures to realize research goals;
  • Presents experiential learning and research opportunities that aim to overcome the socio-cultural and political boundedness of existing knowledge through active participation and collaboration with others;
  • Presents opportunities to expand the repertoire of individual and institutional teaching methods. Also creates incentives to pursue innovation in how faculty can and deliver research content to students, faculty and non-academic communities;
  • Opens possibilities for networking, employment, research and publication opportunities beyond YorkU.

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