Question 42

42. Response of chairs, deans, provosts or other administrators to the possibility of expanding this pilot course(s) into a broader program of globally networked courses


NU: This has not been discussed as of yet.  NU and Griffith would have to bring a specific proposal to the attention of the Provost in order to pursue again. 

Griffith: GFS has opened these discussions now, in preparation of the Capstone meeting in NY. The major role in this will be the Dean’s contribution or support, and I will be able to report more in detail about his reaction and commitment in NY.

To date, there has been no response, since we no longer have a full-time media specialist and Jayne Peaslee has taken on the role of COIL Nodal Network Coordinator due to James Jansen’s resignation.  CCC does not have an instructional designer nor a technical assistant to  train faculty with online pedagogy.

At UB, chairs, deans and the provost have anecdotally expressed their support in my own pilot course.  UB is just making attempts to develop online programs, which should bring about developments in technology which certainly would enhance its capacity to develop a broader program of globally networked courses.

At CCC, I have also heard encouraging words from administrative leadership, though no formal expanded program has been proposed yet.

Dr. Aragon has had conversations with the Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre and others administrators about the course and they want to implement more collaborative courses and MOOCs.

Dr. Gupta-Carlson has received favorable response from her dean for her efforts, but expansion of the course into a broader globally networked initiative does not seem likely at this point.

Very positive overall.

Clarke and Vanderbeke: We have not approached any of these people about this issue, and so no answer is possible at the moment.

Administrators have been extremely receptive to the expansion of such courses, though meeting will probably need to be held so as to assess the feelings of individual chairs, deans, provosts, etc.

Dean Mark Novak in International Extended Study program and Dean Sheila Bienenfeld in college of Social Sciences definitely have ideas of expanding this pilot courses, but I am not sure my current college Dean and department chair have the same idea because they are new and I have not had chances to discuss further on how they want to do this COIL project, although I have explained this COIL project to them a several times when I had chances to talk with them.

We SUNY COIL fellows have been asked by our Deans to propose a strategy for training faculty to offer COIL courses across the curriculum. We are hoping one take away from the 2013 COIL Capstone and Conference will be COIL approved training materials that we can customize as needed at our institutions.

There has been no specific statement by either administration about expanding plans for globally networked learning.  The Lloyd Honors College at UNCG does seem interested in recruiting more partnerships but this appears to be happening at an informal level.

The UC College of Arts & Sciences for Undergraduate Affairs is interested in the model to encourage more online courses that would be attractive to faculty who question the purposes of online delivery. College resources are starting to go into online training for a few, but real instructional design support is needed and new ideas like GLN need to be circulated. We have offered to give a workshop in Fall 2013, which may be one way to increase stakeholders.

The significant advantage we have had is that we combined this experience with a major US Department of Education grant.  It has cost our administration very little other than their willingness to allow small enrollment courses to move forward.

Buonanno  suspects what is needed is a presentation to the faculty to show them how this work was set up and operated.  It is her feeling that this would be premature.  The course needs to be taught one more time before she would consider presenting it to Buffalo State or reporting on it at a conference or to a journal.  It is her understanding that Dr. Kiernan at MMU is presenting a paper on this course in March, although she has not seen a draft of this paper.

The Brockport School of The Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences (TAHSS) Dean has confirmed her interest in seeing future COIL courses such as ours offered again and developed across other courses and disciplines.  The Dean recently indicated that she would entertain any proposals for teaching innovations such as COIL, including potential course releases for such work,  and that COIL is aligned with our school  and college strategic goals in efforts to foster global citizenship, civic engagement, and cross-cultural competence student learning outcomes.

Brockport’s Provost indicated that globalization of the curriculum is a strategic objective for the Division of Academic Affairs.  Expansion of this pilot course is met with enthusiasm by the provost.

Our Vice President of Global Strategies, Dr. Anne Schiller, is very interested to expand globally networked courses to George Mason’s curricula. She has identified this as one of its priorities to promote globalization in Mason.

As I said, globally networked courses are one of HSE's priorities. Prof. Alexander Kamensky, Dean of History, is certainly interested in developing this initiative.

At SUNY Geneseo, we have not had explicit conversations about this process.

At MSU, everyone will be happy to repeat it with or without slight changes. As for expanding and due to the fact of rigid curriculum at MSU, it will demand approaching deans of other departments and probably the office of international programs, which will entail so much bureaucracy with no guarantee of success that I am not much interested to go to them.

NCCU: The Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (Dr. Carlton Wilson), The Interim Chair (Baron Tymas) for the Department of Music, the Assistant Provost of Academic Programs (Dr. Janice Harper) and the Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Ira Wiggins have all given enthusiastic support for continuing the course, and creating a broader program of globally networked courses.

UNISA: Globally networked courses are encouraged by Unisa Management in line with the Open Distance Learning policy.

RAMA: Globally networked courses are a part of the overall strategy

At Texas Tech, the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program in which Kelli works is developing an awareness of the value of globally connected classes, and the faculty is working on several international initiatives to continue this kind of work.

Though I am thinking a lot about our internationalization effort , I did not put forward any specific proposal, yet. However, in my opinion, if the institution would like to pursue these opportunities, we should develop a system of rewards, recognition.

ULPGC: We do hope to be able to expand this pilot course into a broader program of globally networked courses between ULPGC and other American institutions, not only around the issue of language learning but also by including aspects of collaborative translation projects between the two countries. Ever since its inception, the Process of Bologna (which has been taking place in Europe for the last 10 years) has given an extremely important place to internationalization and mobility (both physical and online). The Lifelong Learning Program published by the European Commission in December 2006 also invites Higher Education Institutions to promote this kind of mobility. It is thus the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s intention to carry on encouraging such initiatives and to foster other programs of globally networked courses.

They expressed support but they do not back it up with financial resources and my guess is that the small class nature of the course will not be allowed to go on in the long-run. I have no way to confirm this though.