Internationalizing the Curriculum

The American Council on Education (ACE) and The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) have each identified global learning as an essential dimension of university education. More specifically AAC&U “has identified global knowledge, ethical commitments to individual and social responsibility, and intercultural skills as major components of a twenty-first-century liberal education” (Musil, Assessing Global Learning, 2006, p. 3). Global learning is meant to prepare students for a diverse, interdependent, and highly changing world.

The Office of International Programs provides resources for faculty interested in internationalizing their courses, invites outside speakers to address the internationalization of higher education, and provides co-sponsorship to support invited guests with an international focus.


This collection of resources brings together examples and usable materials from universities and other stakeholders around the US and Europe. These resources can be used for many purposes, such as to assess the current level of internationalization in courses, to identify opportunities to increase engagement with global issues or to use as examples of how courses can be internationalized. There are specific resources where available for individual colleges. Click here to see a list of resources. If you would like us to add a resource to this list, please contact Karen Gardenier.

Preparing Students for a Changing World: Global Teaching and Learning Fall 2017

Open to faculty and instructors from all colleges and departments, this series emphasize active learning and critical thinking as means of increasing students’ disciplinary learning and global awareness. Invited guests and CSU faculty provide examples from their own teaching, discussions and workshop opportunities that demonstrate how global learning outcomes may be integrated with other learning goals to develop graduates ready to participate in an interconnected world.  Participants are welcome to attend one event or the entire series.

Organized by: Office of International Programs, Semester at Sea, and TILT with support from

U.S. Department of Education: Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Grant

Workshop: Integrative Global Learning: Strategies and Practices for Global Learning Across Curricular and Co-Curricular Experiences

Thursday, September 21, 9:00-1:30m LSC 376-378

Dr. Dawn Michelle Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change,

American Association of Colleges and Universities

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore opportunities to integrate global dimensions into their courses and prepare students for life and work in today’s society. Participants will draw on their own experiences and CSU opportunities for students as they consider revisions to their courses or the creation of new courses with an integrative global perspective. Workshop participants will also engage with global learning goals and outcomes as they connect their courses to broader campus initiatives. Lunch will be served. Please register by September 14.

Global Learning and Inclusive Excellence: How the Two Powerful Practices Contribute to Student Success in Life, Society, and Work

Friday, September 22, 10:30-12:00, LSC 376-378

Dr. Dawn Michelle Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change,

American Association of Colleges and Universities

Global learning and diversity initiatives have diverse origin stories that historically have defined their places on many college campuses. Over time, their paths have become interconnected and in today’s increasingly connected world, it is critical that institutions think strategically, intentionally, and meaningfully about how these initiatives can inform and advance student success without losing their unique elements. This presentation will address how global learning and inclusive excellence can do more than co-exist; they can truly enhance the educational experiences of students when institutional connections are made. Click here to register.

Situating Oneself in an Interconnected World through Activity-Based Learning

Oct 25, 3:00-4:30, Lory Student Center, room 386

Dr. Toni Zimmerman, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Sophie Esch, Assistant Professor, Languages Literatures and Cultures

Engage students in learning by using dynamic activities that stimulate their imagination. This interactive presentation will use two examples to explore how drawing, experiential activities, and identity exploration can be used to teach complex topics. By making lessons relevant to the lives of students, they walk away with a deeper understanding of their discipline as well as greater awareness of themselves as thinkers and actors in an interconnected world. Discussion will allow participants from all disciplines to share their own techniques for engaging students in activities-based learning. Click here to register.

Photography Exhibition: Learning about Culture through the Visual Lens of Photography

October 14 – 23, Lory Student Center Gallery

Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: Educating the Whole Student for Global Ecological Challenges

November 14, 12:15 – 1:30, Lory Student Center, 376

Dr. Robert Kling, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Jody Donovan, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Dr. Ursula Quillmann, Assistant Professor, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Ecology in the 21st century requires cross-disciplinary and international collaboration. This session will explore how to prepare students for those collaborative practices while engaging students in their own learning processes. CSU staculty (faculty and staff who sailed on Semester at Sea) will share what they have learned from engaging students in research, co-curricular experiences, collaborating across divisions, and developing cross-national partnerships. While facilitators will share specific examples of engaged learning, discussion will allow participants to share what methods have worked (or not) as a means of engaging students in global issues and concerns. Lunch will be served. Registration required.

Past events


Karen Gardenier
(970) 491-0737
Laurel Hall, 1024 Campus Delivery