Global Engagement

Through the shared vision of the Queen's Global Engagement Strategy, Queen’s University strives to be a Global Campus: “a university in which global engagement and action is integrated through all that we think and do” (Pricipal’s Strategy Update, 2021).

To help educators enact this vision in their practices of teaching and learning, the Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTL) has created this webpage as a resource hub to navigate global engagement endeavors by exploring the WHY, WHAT and HOW.

Why integrate global engagement in teaching & learning

At the institutional level, Queen’s commits to making a global impact by achieving several Strategic Goals. Goal # 4, “Strengthening Queen’s Presence Globally” highlights the need for educators to reform their teaching and learning practices for global engagement by,

“developing and implementing a comprehensive, equity-focused, and integrated program of global engagement that includes active, strategic partnerships, enhanced student and faculty mobility, and teaching and learning reform oriented toward a pluralistic and culturally relevant global environment”.

Beyond the institutional expectation, a preliminary but critical question for Queen’s teaching community to contemplate is, why is it important for individual educators to integrate global engagement in teaching and learning?

What do some Queen’s students and instructors think?

To spark conversations on why we would integrate global engagement in teaching and learning, the Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTL) invited students (both undergraduate and graduate) and instructors to share their thoughts. We hope their voices help inspire more educators in our community to join this collective endeavor by starting to think of their own WHY.

What’s your WHY?

We highly encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your own WHY after hearing the voices of others. What are your reasons to embark on this journey and what goals would you like to achieve? Please record some initial thoughts around these questions below to enrich our conversation.

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What does global engagement look like in teaching & learning?

“Global Engagement” is the new language Queen’s is using to guide our strategic goal. Each community member may have their own understanding of what it means based on their specific role, experience, and background. While it is beneficial to have a rich array of visons and insights around global engagement that we can build on in our own work, we also need to consider shared questions by the Queen’s community concerning what common language we can use and what communal goals we can achieve.

Therefore, before we go ahead to envision what global engagement looks like in teaching and learning, it is crucial that we develop a foundational understanding of what it means as a strategic goal.

What does Global Engagement mean as a strategic goal?

Dr. Sandra den Otter (Vice Provost International), Lead of the Queen’s Global Engagement Strategy, is invited by the CTL to share her understanding of global engagement as a strategic goal together with her expectations for community engagement.

We hope that watching this interview with Dr. Sandra den Otter has helped answer some questions you may have about global engagement as a strategic goal. A more specific question for you and the broader teaching community to continue engaging in is, what is the potential projection of global engagement in practices of teaching and learning?

What does global engagement look like in teaching and learning?

It is without a doubt that global engagement manifests differently in the wide spectrum of courses, programs, and disciplines that Queen’s offers. There exists no standardization or unification when it comes to global engagement in teaching and learning, as it is up to each educator and their students to envision what it should look like in the classroom.

A group of students, teaching assistants (TAs), and instructors generously shared their understanding of global engagement in teaching and learning. They offered examples of what global engagement looked like in their teaching and/or learning journey here at Queen’s.

What might global engagement look like in your practice?

After hearing different voices discussing what global engagement means and/or looks like across disciplines, we invite you to consider what global engagement might look like in your own practice as an educator. This is a question that can only be answered by yourself, bearing your students’ diverse needs, the overall course goals, and the specific teaching context in mind. Please record some initial thoughts around the questions of WHAT below to enrich our conversation.

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How to integrate global engagement in teaching & learning

Now that we have discussed the WHY and WHAT of global engagement, our next step is to explore the pragmatic question of HOW. There are multiple approaches that educators could adapt to integrate global engagement in their practice of teaching and learning, and these are based on a variety of knowledges, theories, and pedagogies that endorse equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization in higher education.

Successful stories, meaningful impact, and hopes

To begin the conversation around the HOW, the CTL would like to showcase some successful stories shared by students, teaching assistants (TAs) and instructors across disciplines, accompanied by debriefs on meaningful impact. We hope their voices could inspire you to identify a few small changes that you could start implementing in your practice of teaching and learning.

Barriers, resources, and looking into the future

While it is an exciting and rewarding task, integrating global engagement in teaching and learning can also be challenging. Therefore, it is necessary that educators are aware of some anticipated barriers that they might encounter in their practice of work. Additionally, resources to overcome the anticipated barriers need to be identified and put in place to enhance successes in this collective endeavor.

Have you encountered any barriers or challenges in your practice of integrating global engagement in teaching and learning? What resources could the CTL and the university create to help you overcome these barriers and challenges? Please share your thoughts and ideas below to help us better understand your needs and expectations.

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The CTL invites you to join a community of practice where we can share resources and support each other in our integration of global engagement in teaching and learning. We look forward to continuing this conversation and collaborating with you on future initiatives and projects.

Join the Global Engagement in Teaching & Learning Teams Group

If you have any questions about joining the Teams Group, please contact us at ctl@queensu.ca.

 

CTL Resources on Global Engagement in Teaching and Learning

To further assist the teaching community in enacting global engagement in teaching and learning, the CTL has developed a series of resources for educators to dive deeper into some topics of this exciting endeavor. This resource is a work in progress and will be continually updated to reflect work being accomplished within our global engagement strategy.

For any question about global engagement in teaching & learning, please feel free to contact CTL at ctl@queensu.ca for a consultation or conversation.

Globally Engaged Curriculum

Writing Across Borders

Writing Across Borders

International Student Success

International Student Success