2020 Conference on Global Learning
2020 Conference on Global Learning
Lessons on Global Learning from Higher Education’s Response to a Global CrisisOctober 8, 2020 to October 10, 2020 Hilton Miami Downtown 1601 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132
The worldwide spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically heightened awareness of the importance of global learning for all. The methods, mindsets, and interdependent nature of global learning have become increasingly relevant and, indeed, critical for institutions of higher education—and for society at large. As the world faces an unprecedented halt in mobility, and as COVID-19 continues to affect the lives of individuals everywhere, the need to address the crisis holistically, within and across nations, is readily apparent.
Educators across the globe have had to adapt rapidly in order to accommodate the sudden transition from place-based to virtual learning. Those with experience in the dynamic spaces of global learning are especially well positioned to support their students and colleagues. At many institutions, those leading the response to the crisis have drawn on best practices from global learning structures at colleges and universities across the globe. These practices include virtual learning, designing curricular and cocurricular activities around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to address global challenges, and connecting student learning to communities near and far.
The reality and impact of COVID-19 serve as a powerful reminder that global learning does not require a passport or a plane ticket. As international travel has been severely disrupted and restricted, it has been critically important that educators be aware of what is happening in other countries. It has also been critically important that ideas continue to flow across boundaries and borders, informing public health professionals, policymakers, and others.
The connected flow of knowledge, in many cases through institutions of higher education, has helped guide responses to the pandemic across multiple contexts. As anchor institutions, college and universities have stepped up to meet a wide array of societal needs resulting from the stress of COVID-19 on communities around the world. In many cases, students have also engaged in this work. Educators across disciplines, already adept at bringing the world into their courses, have addressed issues emerging from this global crisis—in learning spaces, through project-based learning, or as case studies to prepare students for future global crises.
The urgency of steadily building calls for global learning has been sharply increased by our collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. The AAC&U Conference on Global Learning will highlight and explore practical and theoretical approaches to global learning across institutional types, disciplines, and departments. Participants will have opportunities to share examples of integrative designs for global learning assignments, programs, and assessments; models for embedding technology in meaningful ways that advance student learning; frameworks for ethical engagement, both in person and from a distance, with community organizations of all types; and strategies to ensure that global learning is connected to broader disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning outcomes and that it can take place at home, in local communities, across the nation, and in other parts of the world.
Read the conference themes here: https://www.aacu.org/events/2020-conference-global-learning
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