Global Network Learning (GNL) & Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Projects: Sharing Our Experiences

One might ask how a Languages Department, or any department for that matter, can internationalize their curriculum.

Four professors from UNC Charlotte's Department of Modern Languages (as well as many other disciplines) took part in the first annual Global Learning and Internationalization Institute, an intensive week-long summer institute, organized by the Office of International Programs. This Institute focuses "on campus global learning and internationalization efforts to support faculty development and engagement", with an end goal of creating a supportive community of practice within a wide rage of disciplines.

The Institute goals were three-fold:

"1. Support faculty in developing goals and plans for internationalizing their teaching/curriculum and/or research agenda based on what they learned.
2. Facilitate the formation of an international education and global learning community of practice.
3. Empower faculty to create high-impact practices, international/global learning experiences and opportunities for all students on campus and abroad."

Our panel will present the general tenets of the institute, as well as how we have been inspired to integrate them within our own teaching of Japanese, Spanish, and French.

This panel will include four presentation on specific Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses, as well as how the ideas have been implemented in existing courses and through extra-curricular cultural events.

Part presentation and part round-table, we hope to continue our exchange with attendees.

Chair: Mary LaMarca