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Publication year: 2009
ISBN: 978-84-612-9801-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 1st International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2009
Location: Barcelona ,Spain

INTERNATIONALIZING THE CURRICULUM: USING TECHNOLOGY TO PRODUCE GLOBALLY SOPHISTICATED STUDENTS

G. Scudder, J. Vincent

Champlain College (UNITED STATES)
Champlain College, a small 4-year baccalaureate institution in Burlington, VT, USA, redesigned its general education requirements with a sequence of eleven interdisciplinary courses in fall 2007. Its aim was not only to address the breadth of disciplines, but to understand them each in a contextual, meaningful way. These courses are thematic in approach, and model the inquiry-based method of learning. Students will cover the same eight disciplines with increasing rigor throughout the four-year sequence, as well as introducing additional disciplines where relevant. Students are asked to explore real-world challenges through the lens of psychology, philosophy, history, natural science, economics, sociology, literature and art through thematic courses such as 'The Secular & the Sacred', 'Concepts of Community' and 'Scientific Revolutions'. The signature piece of this new interdisciplinary curriculum is the Global Modules program.

In order to appropriately address the challenges of the 21st century, students need to not only explore an issue with an interdisciplinary approach, they also need to appreciate other cultures’ understandings of the same issues. The Champlain College Global Modules project is an online global-learning solution which allows for the free exchange of ideas and opinions between international students that can be incorporated into any class. Global Modules make international dialogue possible for every student, from every nation. Global Modules are designed around topics chosen to inspire focused discussion as the students are asked to work together to solve thematic challenges. Champlain students have discussed terrorism with students from Jordan and South Africa, domestic violence with students from Ghana, women's issues with students from Morocco, Jordan, Sweden and Palestine, globalization with students from India, and more. Champlain has taken the unprecedented approach of embedding this type of discussion across the curriculum - in a first year course entitled Concepts of Community, in one of two second year courses - either Capitalism & Democracy or the Secular & the Sacred, and in a third year course entitled Introduction to Human Rights. As has been well-documented, less than 2% of American university students study abroad. Champlain has taken the approach of requiring every student to participate in dialogue with their colleagues from around the globe throughout their university experience. In recognition of the Global Modules program Champlain College just received the 2009 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from the Institute for International Education (IIE).

This paper will cover our new interdisciplinary curriculum, with sound pedagogical methods supporting the new course design, meeting both the college’s learning outcomes and institutional assessments. The Global Modules Project will be discussed as an example of an innovative interdisciplinary approach to meeting the challenge of global learning in the classroom.
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G. Scudder, J. Vincent (2009) INTERNATIONALIZING THE CURRICULUM: USING TECHNOLOGY TO PRODUCE GLOBALLY SOPHISTICATED STUDENTS, EDULEARN09 Proceedings, p. 1556.
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