Global Learning

Intentional learning experiences designed to help students explore cultures, life experiences, and worldviews different from their own, and present the opportunity for students to be exposed to and work with global issues and intercultural knowledge across the curriculum. Global learning helps students develop skills and habits of mind that enable them to look beyond local environments to the larger world. Within a liberal arts context, students may gain intercultural competence and a sense of world citizenship through a combination of courses and experiences including study abroad, language study, literature, history, political systems, geography, and international studies in economics, business, religion, or foreign affairs.

Evidence Base for Global Learning:

Articles and Websites

Jobson, Lisa, ed. Connecting Cultures…a Teacher’s Guide to a Global Classroom. International Education and Resource Network: iEARN-USA. See  iEARN is “the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.” Features learning circles, online courses for educators and an online collaboration center for global collaborative learning.

Rhodes, Terrel, ed. 2010. Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities. Rubrics from the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) project are available on the following topics: inquiry & analysis, critical thinking, creative thinking, written communication, oral communication, reading, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork, problem-solving, civic knowledge & engagement (local & global), intercultural knowledge & competence, ethical reasoning, foundations & skills for lifelong learning, integrative & applied learning. See for the online version.


Leskes, Andrea and Ross Miller (2006). Purposeful Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Key Learning Outcomes. Washington DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities. This publication describes how colleges and high schools can work together to design powerful and sequential learning—‘purposeful pathways’—for integrative learning, inquiry learning, global learning, and civic learning outcomes.