In addition to the obvious pedagogical benefits of GNL, given the right circumstances, incorporating GNL into your classroom can have additional social justice benefits.
“Institutions of higher education worldwide have a social responsibility to help bridge the development gap by increasing the transfer of knowledge across borders, especially towards developing countries, and working to find common solutions to foster brain circulation and alleviate the negative impact of brain drain”
(UNESCO New Dynamics 2009, 4)
- Providing students from abroad access to our classrooms, resources and exposure to internationalization
- Providing opportunities for faculty from other institutions to develop technological expertise and co-teaching partnerships
- Providing opportunities for participating students to develop a broader world view and a greater understanding of power imbalances in the global community
At York, we are leading the way in using these techniques to help deliver higher education to refugees.