Global Classrooms Collaborative

The the Global Classrooms Collaborative supports faculty in incorporating opportunities for their students to work across borders with other students around the globe.

Global Classrooms Collaborative

The Haenicke Institute for Global Education seeks applications for faculty to join the Global Classrooms Collaborative for Spring 2023. Faculty selected will meet during the semester with education consultant Dr. Andrea Thomas in a learning community that will offer a step-by-step process to design a collaborative online international learning experience for their students, including assistance matching with an international faculty partner if needed. The grant is for $5000, half of which will be distributed during the Spring 2023 Collaborative with the other half distributed after implementation of the Global Classrooms course and completion of a final report in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024. 

What is a collaborative online international learning (COIL) experience?

Collaborate with faculty abroad to provide opportunities for your students to work across borders with other students around the globe. Students work cooperatively and collaboratively across time, distance, and cultures on projects that are implemented in your classroom curriculum.

What does the Global Classrooms Collaborative provide for faculty?

Faculty will work with a facilitator over the course of the spring semester with five modules and bi-weekly check-ins. They can expect to spend 2-3 hours per module and about 1 hour every two weeks for check-in meetings. During these sessions they will undertake a review of their current course and design a unit intended to provide international collaborative learning for their students. Faculty will have the opportunity to network with potential international partners with the intention that the global classroom will be implemented Fall 2023 of Spring 2024.

Outcomes include:

  • A revised syllabus that includes a Global Classrooms experience for their students
  • An international partner and set of tasks/questions they can use to build trust and collaboration between one other
  • Specifics about implementing a Global Classroom, e.g.

         Tips on forming effective student groups

         How to explain to students the relevance of working cross culturally

         How to address and problem solve the Global Classroom experience

         Project management skills for managing international collaborations

  • Methods for assessment planning, with attention to the WMU university-wide Global Learning Objectives
  • Strengthened cross-cultural facilitation and dialogue
  • A more cosmopolitan perspective on education in general, and
  • A roadmap for effectively engaging in multi-year collaborations
  • Opportunity to meet other faculty across campus interested in internationalizing their courses 

The grant provides $5000 to faculty either as a stipend (taxed) or deposited into their departmental research accounts. Half of the grant will be distributed during the Spring 2023 Collaborative and the other half will be distributed after the implementation of the Global Classrooms course in Fall or Spring with completion of the final report. 

Who can apply?

This opportunity is aimed at faculty

-without significant previous international experience in the area of teaching;

-who are interested in providing their students with more international engagement; 

-who are interested in working collaboratively with faculty colleagues abroad;

-and are not sure where to start.

Funding is made available through Article 40.4 of the WMU-AAUP Contract. The grant is open to faculty holding board-appointed faculty rank who are members of the bargaining unit at the time the application is due. The Collaborative is designed for undergraduate courses. Preference will be given to WES courses and those taught more frequently.

Information sessions for interested faculty will be held throughout October.
Tue. Oct. 26, 12 to 12:30 p.m.

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Wed. Oct. 27, 12 to 12:30 a.m.

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  • Grant Opens: October 1
  • Grant Information Workshops: October 10, 11, 13, 26, 27
  • Application Due: November 1
  • Applications Reviewed: November
  • Applicants Informed: December 1
  • First Grant Payment: January 
  • Collaborative Meetings-Late January through April
  • Curriculum Implemented: Fall or Spring
  • Final Report Due: January for Fall semester course; May for Spring semester course
  • Final Grant Payment: After receipt of Final Report
How to Apply 

Faculty can apply here at Global Classrooms Collaborative through InfoReady on the ORI website

Applications are due by November 1 midnight.

A complete application includes:

  • Applicant Information
  • CV
  • Course information and a syllabus for the proposed course to work on during the Collaborative
  • Short answer questions about your goals for implementing a Global Classroom, your experience working cross culturally, your goals for your students, etc.
  • Support for the application from the Department Chair (routed online through InfoReady)
Final Report 

At the conclusion of the course implementation participants will complete a final report after which the second payment of the grant will be distributed. The final report will be shared with faculty during the Collaborative. 


Questions about the application process can be directed to Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland, Associate Director, External Scholarships and Faculty Development.

Questions about the learning community can be directed to Dr. Andrea Thomas, collaborative facilitator. 

Previous Global Classroom Curriculum Development Grant RECIPIENTS

Dr. Mioara Diaconu School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services. Courses: Global Emergency Management and Crisis Intervention. Partnering Institution: Tel-Hai College, Israel. Summer 2022.

Dr. Ramona Lewis, Educational Leadership, Technology, and Research, College of Education and Human Development. Courses: Foundations of Student Affairs in Higher Education. Partnering Institution: University of Toronto, Canada. Spring 2022.

Dr. Jennifer Harrison, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services. Courses: Social Work with Communities and Social Changes and Community Analysis. Partnering Institution: Universidad Autonomo de Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Summer II, 2021.

Dr. Martha Councell-Vargas, School of Music, College of Fine Arts. Course: Applied Flute Lessons for Undergraduate Performance. Partnering Institution: Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador. Spring 2021.

Dr. Dawn Anderson, Blindness and Low Vision Studies, College of Health and Human Services. Course: Expanded Core Curriculum and Assessment for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. Partner Institution: College of Orientation and Mobility, South African Guide-Dogs Association. Spring 2020.

Dr. Amos Aduroja, School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs, College of Health and Human Services. Course: Advocating for Health Policy. Partnering Institution: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Fall 2019.

Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Course: Mechanical and Space Engineering. Multiple partner institutions. Fall 2019.