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.
Resources for Faculty
Resources for Global Virtual Collaboration
- Virtual Exchange Typology and Glossary of Terms from the Stevens Initiative
- Beyond Video Conferencing: International Collaborative Projects from the Observatory of Educational Innovation at Tecnológico de Monterrey
- Self-guided Introduction to Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) from the SUNY COIL Center
- Virtual Exchange Toolkit from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
- Explore more global virtual collaboration materials
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.
- Learn more about Global Learning Outcomes at UC Davis
- Explore teaching resources and materials tied to the global learning outcomes
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 Economics, Environmental Economics, Macroeconomics)
- Global Studies (Global Governance, Human Rights, International Security, Migration Studies)
- Health (Food and Nutrition, Public Health, Wellness)
- Law (International Investment Law)
- Policy (Environmental Policy, Fiscal Policy, Industrial Policy, Public Policy)
- Science (Climate Science, Earth Science, Energy Systems, Environmental Science, Information Technology, Marine Biology, Oceanography)
- Social Sciences (Early Childhood Development, Ethics, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Urban Planning)
- 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
- Global Learning Syllabi-Building Activities and Frameworks and Sample Syllabi
- Global Learning research guide from the UC Davis Library
- Resources for Assessing Global Learning
Resources for Students
Tips for Remote Learning
UC Davis Global Ambassadors, international student mentors in the Global Affairs Global Ambassadors Mentorship Program, share their experiences and tips for how to prepare for and be successful in remote or online learning.
- 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.
- The SDG Academy Library includes more than 1,200 searchable, video lectures and case studies. They are downloadable so that they can be accessed offline. Courses can be searched by topic or by SDG including:
- 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
- Visit the UC Davis Keep Teaching website for strategies and resources for instructional resilience as well as resources related to technology, wireless internet, and study space available
- Visit the University Writing Program's Emergency Remote Writing Instruction website for online writing instruction resources and support
Visit the UC Davis Department of Psychology website for their Plan for Instructional Continuity
Visit UC Davis Academic Affairs website for coronavirus academic personnel information
Visit the UC Davis Humanities Institute website for information on humanities and pedagogy during COVID-19
More Global Affairs Teaching Resources and Opportunities
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 email@example.com.