In this blog post, I will share information about my faculty fellow work to accomplish the objective of the faculty fellow to disseminate information about local global learning at IUPUI. The goal was to document and distribute information on global learning efforts undertaken by schools, departments, and individual faculty and staff. In addition, the sharing will stimulate faculty’s interests and offer them resources as they develop strategies to incorporate global learning in curriculum or courses.
Since I began my fellowship appointment with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) in February 2017, I have met many wonderful people around the campus who are dedicated to global and intercultural learning. In the past few months, I have worked with the Kelley School of Business to summarize their school-wide international activities. Interviews were conducted with Kelley faculty, staff, students, and alumni with the goal of describing and highlighting global learning and its impact on existing and past Kelley students. I am looking forward to the publication of the interview data in an OIA e-magazine titled “Global Spotlight” soon.
Inspired by a webinar focusing on global learning across three U.S. universities, in December 2017, I coordinated and moderated a faculty panel discussion titled “Global Learning at IUPUI.” At this event, three IUPUI faculty shared strategies for “Internationalization-at-home.” This was a professional development opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about innovative ways of incorporating global/intercultural learning without students going abroad. Each panelist shared tips on how to design and evaluate global and intercultural learning outcomes. The OIA staff shared curriculum internationalization resources on campus. The panel discussion was taped with the goal of being edited into a recording as an online resource for professional development.
As the year-long fellowship with the OIA is ending this month, I am proud of my work and accomplishments toward the objectives of the fellowship. In collaboration with entities and individuals inside and external to IUPUI, I have created efficient processes to collect information on local global learning opportunities and publish global learning activities at each school. Efforts on curriculum internationalization have continued when an advisory committee was formed last month. I am fortunate to join this committee to help further IUPUI’s strategic goals of strengthening internationalization efforts, promoting undergraduate student learning and success, increasing capacity for graduate education, deepening its commitment to community engagement, and developing faculty and staff.
A rewarding part of the fellowship was meeting and talking with people who share the same passion as me in student learning. In the future, I will continue connecting with these people to develop learning strategies for IUPUI students to collaborate online with students abroad. I hope I will have the opportunity to share my work with the community in the near future.