Spring Quarter Snapshot: Faculty Learn to Make Courses More Global
By Bonnie Shea and Nathan Camp
Global Affairs at UC Davis offered its Curriculum Enhancement Through Global Learning program this year, but like many things in the spring quarter, it concluded remotely.
Aligning with the campus Global Education for All initiative, the program provides tools for UC Davis faculty across disciplines to make their course content, teaching techniques, and students’ experiences responsive to global challenges and opportunities.
On May 15, Global Affairs held the final celebration of 14 UC Davis instructors completing this year’s program over Zoom. Faculty shared how they have modified their courses or teaching to include one or more elements of the Global Learning Outcomes (global awareness, global diversity and global action).
Some examples of plans stemming from this program include:
- Professor Gozde Goncu-Berk (College of Letters and Science) is working with Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom to put Collaborative Online International Learning, or COIL, elements in her functional apparel design course through which students will design products that consider functional and cultural needs of patients and create an international symposium on textiles and health.
- Professors Daniel Choe and Joe Anistranski (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) are working to make a large human development course that had been focused on Western context be more global so that students will be able to analyze how systems shape human development differently across global contexts.
- Visiting Associate Professor and Fulbright Scholar Muhammad Sohail Sajid (School of Veterinary Medicine) will be taking techniques that help students explore how factors such as climate change, immigration, and cultural practices contribute toward the dynamics of arthropods and arthropod-borne diseases of one health significance back to his home country of Pakistan.