Teaching and Measuring ‘Global Learning’

Living up to its name, Florida International University’s is requiring all students to take 2 courses aimed at these outcomes related to global learning:

  • Global perspective: the ability to view the world from multiple perspectives
  • Global awareness: knowledge of the interconnectedness of issues, trends, and systems
  • Global engagement: willingness to address local, global, international, and intercultural issues

The article also discusses ways the university plans to measure these. Worth reading.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/20/florida-international-university-attempts-infuse-global-learning-across-curriculum#ixzz2LRuamtzn
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Outsourcing Trends (from The Economist)

This The Economist article http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21569739-outsourcing-jobs-faraway-places-wane-will-not-solve-wests?fsrc=nlw%7Chig%7C1-17-2013%7C4637731%7C38085276%7CNA describes the slow in tendency of outsourcing jobs and the role the right skills and competencies play. It is a very competitive landscape.

 “The shift of jobs back to developed countries is an encouraging sign that the flow of jobs need not be one-way. But only if governments and people in prosperous places invest heavily in building up skills will the workforces there properly benefit.”

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The World is Less Connected Now than in 2007 (The Economist)

I could not believe it, but appears to be right. Acoording to this Economist article http://www.economist.com/news/business/21568753-world-less-connected-it-was-2007-going-backwards?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/goingbackwards the world is going backgwards in connectivity – it is less integrated in 2012 than it was back in 2007.

“These are the conclusions of the latest DHL Global Connectedness Index, which found that the Netherlands is the most globalised of 140 countries (see chart), just ahead of Singapore; landlocked Burundi is the least. (North Korea was not ranked.). The index measures both the depth of a country’s connectedness (ie, how much of its economy is internationalised) and its breadth (how many countries it connects with).” Apparently this is due to the 2008 world financial crisis.

Defining “internationalization” (CHE)

For some regions/countries it means synchronizing countries’ university-degree systems and internationalizing the curriculum. For others it means the bringing in foreign students and sending students overseas, and, the recruitment of foreign faculty. According to the author of this article in the US internationalization means studying abroad and the establishment of high-profile branch campuses; and in Britain, the international focus has been centered on the recruitment of overseas students (now increasingly turning to business and research links).

What is your definition?

Read the article at http://chronicle.com/blogs/worldwise/how-do-you-define-internationalization/31114?cid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en

iPodia – Another MOOC, But this Time, Global

USC Dean of Engineering Yannis Yortsis describes this new MOOC: “It is global engineering education in a classroom to which access is enabled through technology.”

The iPodia Alliance, which is a global partnership between the engineering schools at USC, Peking University, National Taiwan University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, India Institute of Technology in Mumbai, Technion Israel Institute of Technology and RWTH Aachen University in Germany. In this alliance, the respective universities contribute students, instructors and course material. Interactivity, teams of peers, no exchange of funds or tuition and fees (hence no financial motive), and modern pedagogy make iPodia different than other, current experiments in distance learning, such as MOOC (Massive On-Line Open Courseware) or the EdX initiative. The attached report provides iPodia.viterbi.usc a brief explanation of the program.

International students for the bottom line or to create truly international universities?

That was the issue discussed at this year’s meeting of the European Association for International Education, which brought  4,000 or so participants.

My thoughts? While universities are facing tough economic times, the driver to bring internatinoal students cannot be the bottom line. If internationalization is one of the goals to better respond to their communities/regions’ needs, then these students will be catalysts to help achieve it. As with companies, universities cannot forget their long term mision, especially in difficult economic times. Other ways to address the financial issues must be found.

Read the CHE article (thanks to Francisco Marmolejo) at

http://chronicle.com/article/Treatment-of-International/134394/?cid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en