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Center for Global Education introduces ‘virtual exchanges in the classroom’ option for faculty

Boise State’s Center for Global Education is pleased to launch Global Collaboration Projects, a program that supports curricular internationalization. Global Collaboration Projects promotes global learning in the classroom by allowing students from the U.S. and abroad to jointly analyze and address complex problems that transcend borders. Without traveling, these projects allow Boise State students and students from a global network of partner universities to engage and forge meaningful connections.

What is Global Collaboration Projects?

Global Collaboration Projects is a platform that allows project-based global collaboration through a virtual platform. The program connects Boise State faculty members interested in developing collaborative projects with international partners. This helps support the teaching and learning process by infusing global perspectives to a course (or a topic covered in a course).

Global Collaboration Projects promotes internationalisation at home by integrating international and intercultural dimensions into the curriculum in a given course within domestic learning environments. The GCP allows Boise State students to gain multiple, global perspectives on topics covered in the classroom.

For example, SUNY COIL has a vast trajectory of virtual exchanges. Some models can be found in this link.

How faculty can get involved

Interested faculty members must fill out this form to provide a description of their project idea. The Center for Global Education will use this information to find suitable partners/faculty for their specific project. The matching will be made in consultation with the Boise State faculty member.

After that, the Boise State faculty member will engage in direct communication with the faculty peer (or peers) for further planning and collaboration.

What is the role of the Center for Global Education?

  • Gather interest from the Boise State faculty and gather ideas from global partners for new global collaboration projects.
  • Liaise Boise State faculty with peers from global partners, in the context of an idea for global collaboration projects.
  • Provide administrative support to ensure the success of all projects.
  • Report annually on the activities and accomplishments drawn from the projects.

What’s the role of the faculty involved in the projects?

The faculty, in collaboration with the faculty peer from the global partner university, will define the project, the duration of the collaboration, and expected outcomes. They also will regularly assess the progress of students’ digital collaboration project. Finally, faculty will write a succinct report on the results of the collaboration and lessons learned for further collaborations.

What is the cost for participating?

The program does not have a cost. However, students engaged in digital collaboration projects will be charged a virtual exchange fee of $50. The fee will be charged directly to the students account once, during the semester of execution of their project.