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December 9, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Spring 2018 Faculty Learning Community Explores Teaching with Global Perspective

Creating classroom environments and learning experiences that help students become global citizens is a common challenge for many faculty. An interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community will form again this spring to explore and address issues encountered when assessing and redeveloping a course from a global perspective.

All full-time faculty (including regional campus faculty) are eligible for this opportunity. The priority application deadline is Jan. 5, 2018. For application instructions and more information, visit the global perspective web page.

Sponsored by the Office of Instructional Innovation, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies, the Faculty Learning Community will help instructors with challenges when assessing and redeveloping a course from a global perspective.

Topics of the Faculty Learning Community include:

  • Incorporating a global perspective into existing, content-rich courses
  • Facilitating communication between different student populations
  • Increasing international student participation
  • Assessing multilingual students’ work
Dr. Talinn Phillips

Dr. Talinn Phillips

The sessions will be facilitated by two College of Arts & Sciences faculty: Dr. Dawn Bikowski, director of the English Language Improvement Program in the Linguistics Department, and Dr. Talinn Phillips, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Graduate Writing and Research Center.

Dr. Dawn Bikowski

Dr. Dawn Bikowski

“Every semester, I really enjoy seeing the projects that faculty come up with to help their students develop a more global perspective,” said Bikowski. “The smallest changes can have really big impacts for students, and professors from across campus share so many interesting ideas for problem solving. It’s one of those things where you learn as much as you contribute.”

The learning community will take place in four to five sessions throughout the spring semester on the Athens Campus (eight to 10 hours total). Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of their project at the end of the semester.

The Office of Instructional Innovation serves as a catalyst to spark bold experimentation and sustainable discovery of innovative instructional models that fulfill Ohio University’s promise of a transformative educational experience. OII provides a variety of services to faculty, staff, and students in support of academic units and online programs, as well as to advance initiatives to further the institution’s mission.

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