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Published: November 29, 2017 Author: Emily Baxstrom

Creating classroom environments and learning experiences that help students become global citizens is a common challenge for many faculty. An interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will form again this spring to explore and address issues encountered when assessing and redeveloping a course from a global perspective.

Sponsored by the Office of Instructional Innovation (OII), the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies, the FLC will help instructors with challenges when assessing and redeveloping a course from a global perspective.

Topics of the FLC include:

  • Incorporating a global perspective into existing, content-rich courses
  • Facilitating communication between different student populations
  • Increasing international student participation
  • Assessing multilingual students’ work


The sessions will be facilitated by Dawn Bikowski, director of the English Language Improvement Program in the Department of Linguistics, and Talinn Phillips, associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Graduate Writing and Research Center.

“Every semester, I really enjoy seeing the projects that faculty come up with to help their students develop a more global perspective,” said Bikowski. “The smallest changes can have really big impacts for students, and professors from across campus share so many interesting ideas for problem solving. It’s one of those things where you learn as much as you contribute.”

The FLC will take place in four to five sessions throughout the spring semester on the Athens Campus (eight to ten hours total). Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of their project at the end of the semester.

All full-time faculty (including regional campus faculty) are eligible for this opportunity. The priority application deadline is January 5, 2018. For application instructions and more information, visit the global perspective web page.

The Office of Instructional Innovation (OII) serves as a catalyst to spark bold experimentation and sustainable discovery of innovative instructional models that fulfill the University’s promise of a transformative educational experience. OII provides a variety of services to faculty, staff, and students in support of academic units and online programs, as well as to advance initiatives to further the institution’s mission. Visit www.ohio.edu/instructional-innovation for more information.