Globalize Your Course

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Globalizing your course increases student engagement, empowers diversity, and energizes you as a faculty member.  Global perspectives transform learning. And as educators at Middlesex we can assist our students to become global citizens by infusing international elements into course content. 

How Do I Globalize my Course?

It’s really up to you.  There’s no definitive way to internationalize your course.  However, a first step may be to ask yourself how your discipline is connected to a global issue or perspective.  Then, consider what global professional skills are associated with your discipline. and finally, how knowledge may be different from one culture to another.

Need help?  Check out the curriculum methods below and give me a call or email:

Dona Cady, Dean of Global Education, , 978-656-4370.


Curriculum Methods


Drag and Drop: Add a reading, guest student/faculty lecture, Food for Thought, or an assignment with a globalized focus.

Here are some examples:

Rob Kaulfuss, Professor of Economics, a lecture on China and the Global Economy

Gail Mooney – Professor Humanities, Chinese poetry readings and assignments


Infuse: With research and thought include a 1-3 week module that addresses new course outcomes on intercultural perspectives through readings, discussion, and activities.

Here are some examples.

David Kalivas, Professor of World History and Director of the Commonwealth Program:  Conversations on how to infuse module on Atlantic Slave tradeConfucius

Dona Cady, Dean of Global Education, 2 week unit on Shakespeare that stresses cultural connections with some Dao of the Dane added in 


Revise: Heavy lifting but ultimately rewarding as revision shifts the cultural perspective of the entire course, empowering students to interact with cultural sensitivity, be civically engaged, and communicate effectively across cultures.

Here are some examples.

Gail Mooney – Professor of Humanities, integrated with performing fine arts, Chinese poetry

Karen Oster –  Chair of Performing Fine Arts, integrated with Humanities, Theatre Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism


Remember to Globalize With  Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)!

Here are some SLO language and examples.  Use any or all that are helpful:

This course supports the following MCC Institutional Student Learning Outcomes: Multicultural and Global Literacy, Personal and Professional Development, Critical Thinking, and Social Responsibility (or other appropriate SLOs)

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate cross-culture awareness through recognition of individual cultural differences and perceptions
  • Think critically using knowledge gained from diverse cultural frameworks to problem solve and evaluate sources
  • Explore aesthetic and creative expressions of other cultures
  • Integrate knowledge of diverse cultures into a cohesive world view
  • Examine globalization and the types of changes over time created for individuals, societies, and cultures
  • Devise connections between often seemingly dissimilar contexts of perspectives on international interdependence and globalization
  • Identify and analyze the process of societal change in specific global regions
  • Identify ways in which the uneven distribution of social power and collective resources impact the civic and cultural sphere.
  • Analyze the multiple cultural dimensions of global regions and their connection to domestic issues: literary, artistic, historical, political, economic, and environmental
  • Synthesize or integrate international issues to their own fields of study in both written and oral work
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete research by writing a research paper and creating a portfolio of artifacts that analyze individual and cultural differences


Assessment and Activities

While individual class assessment is the instructor’s choice, possible learning activities can include:

  • Reading assignments that contain global content.
  • Research assignments that focus on global content, skills, practices
  • Critical-thinking activities with an international or intercultural context.
  • Field trips to work sites of companies with global interests
  • Speakers with cross-cultural perspectives during class or on-campus
  • The connection with international or multicultural students, either on campus or at a college abroad via virtual technology like SKYPE or Second Life
  • Simulations/virtual worlds/role-play activities involving an international context
  • Journal writing/ e-portfolios on global topics
  • International travel
Last Modified: 11/13/14