Global Teaching and Learning in a Time of COVID-19

As we address the impact of COVID-19 we acknowledge that though we may be temporarily restricted in our location, our world is still interconnected, our well-being still relies upon interdependence, and our challenges and opportunities are still global in scope. It is therefore critically important that our teaching and learning includes global and intercultural experiences—and that we continue to expand avenues beyond traditional study abroad, such as online course content or virtual international collaborations.


As faculty and students wonder about how to strengthen global and international collaborations in the present context, Global Affairs has gathered a set of resources to help faculty connect with others around the world and support students in becoming global thinkers and learners.

More information, resources, and program opportunities will be added soon.

Resources for Faculty

Resources for Global Virtual Collaboration 

Resources Related to Global Learning Outcomes

Global learning cultivates skills, knowledge, networks and attitudes tied to three overall Global Learning Outcomes: building global awareness, embracing linguistic and cultural diversity, and acting globally.

Resources Related to Addressing Global Challenges

To strengthen our contributions to solving global challenges, UC Davis is engaging with international networks, which provide resources for teaching and collaboration on critical global issues—across disciplines. Because UC Davis is a member institution, faculty, staff and students can access content related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the SDG Academy.

  • The SDG Academy Library includes more than 1,200 searchable and downloadable video lectures and case studies. They can also be embedded into course management software such as Canvas. For faculty interested in “flipping the classroom” these could be particularly useful. Courses can be searched by SDG or by topic including:
    • Economics (Development EconomicsEnvironmental EconomicsMacroeconomics)
    • Global Studies (Global GovernanceHuman RightsInternational SecurityMigration Studies)
    • Health (Food and NutritionPublic HealthWellness)
    • Law (International Investment Law)
    • Policy (Environmental PolicyFiscal PolicyIndustrial PolicyPublic Policy)
    • Science (Climate ScienceEarth Science, Energy SystemsEnvironmental ScienceInformation TechnologyMarine BiologyOceanography)
    • Social Sciences (Early Childhood Development, EthicsGender StudiesHistoryPhilosophyPsychologyUrban Planning)
       
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A section of the Human Rights video library within the SDG Academy Library.

 

  • The SDGAcademyX includes 30 free MOOCs. The majority of these are self-paced and can be started at any time. The MOOCs include video lectures, downloadable readings, quizzes and comprehension questions, activities and discussion prompts, and exams. Registering for a pertinent MOOC may help faculty to access pertinent reading material. Individual modules may help suggest activities and prompts for similarly focused courses.

More Global Teaching and Learning Resources and Materials 

Resources for Students 

Virtual Internships

  • CISAbroad Virtual Internships in Argentina and CISAbroad Virtual Internships in South Africa are available in the fields of business and economics, hospitality tourism and event planning, IT and computer systems, or marketing advertising and PR. Internships include weekly supervisor check-ins; online seminars; mentored, hands-on learning; and weekly debriefs.
  • CRCC Asia Virtual International Internships include a dedicated career coach, language lessons, and group discussions or webinars.
  • Evolve Abroad Online Global Internships and Apprenticeships include online modules covering relevant coursework supported by an academic supervisor, internship work with stakeholders in global think tanks and project development teams, and career coaching.
  • ISA Global Remote Internships provide students with the unique opportunity to participate in either a group project, facilitated, by a professional mentor, or an individual placement. In all cases, participants will work remotely from their own home and still gain valuable international experience.
  • Paper Airplanes English Program connects you with Syrian refugee students for English tutoring over Skype. Two-hour weekly sessions take place over 16 weeks using a pre-prepared curriculum.
  • Puentes Remote Internships facilitate support meaningful, project-based work from the comfort of your chosen workspace. Learn from thoughtful mentors who care, connect with a new culture, strengthen your Spanish, and build an international network.

Virtual Internship Search Tools

Opportunities for Students to Engage with Solving Global Challenges

To strengthen our contributions to solving global challenges, UC Davis is engaging with international networks, which provide resources for collaboration on such challenges. Because UC Davis is a member institution, students can access content related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the SDG Academy.

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A section of the Climate Action video library within the SDG Academy Library.

 

  • The SDGAcademyX includes 30 free MOOCs on various topics, including climate change, food systems, natural resources, public health, water, human rights, and more.
  • The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership, a joint initiative of more than 30 multilateral organizations helping countries to achieve climate change action both through general climate literacy and applied skills development, offers a variety of self-paced courses on topics relating to climate change.
  • The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) offers courses on topics related to Peace, People, Planet, Prosperity, Multilateral Diplomacy, SDG Implementation, Satellite Analysis and Applied Research.


Campus Resources for Online Teaching and Learning
 

 

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Contact Information

Do you have ideas for virtual global learning that you'd like to discuss further? Do you have resources you'd like added to this webpage?  Do you have questions related to integrating global learning into your teaching or learning?

Please contact Liz Langridge-Noti, director of faculty engagement, at elangridge@ucdavis.edu.

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