The goal of the Global
Program is to integrate international academic exchange and
understanding into students’ educational experiences at the University of
Washington (UW). A project of Undergraduate Education, Global Classrooms
provides faculty support for innovation in international education and
UW faculty and student teams and their international colleagues design and deliver parallel courses that utilize technology to facilitate intellectual and creative exchanges. The three courses developed during the 2001-2002 academic year are:
- Life Histories in Communities in Transition: Eritea, South Africa and the USA -- delivered Spring 2002
- International Design: China and the USA -- A 3-quarter experience for the academic year 2001-2002
- The Global Citizen Project with Universidad de San Andres -- delivered Spring 2002
The program aims to internationalize the undergraduate experience, to integrate teaching and learning environments with faculty scholarly communities, and to develop technology’s substantive as well as mediating capabilities for achieving the international dimensions of general education for students. Specifically, the project will enhance students’ ability to:
- Communicate and negotiate across cultural, geographic, and linguistic contexts to develop a more interconnected view of human experience.
- Appreciate perspectives that differ from their own and the contribution these diverse insights make to enhancing understanding of common problems, questions, and creative possibilities.
- Appreciate and articulate the relationship between theory and local iteration, global and local scales and contexts.
- Foster collaborative relationships, build communities of learners, and develop the skills of civic interaction in technologically mediated environments; capitalize on the capacity of internet technology to foster collaborative aspects of learning and build community.