What is Locally and Globally Connected?

Locally and Globally Connected involves designing  learning experiences and environments that are infused with the partnerships and perspectives of the wider context of work, culture, society and professional practice. Doing so means that our students are actively engaging with, and meaningfully contributing to, the world outside of university.

Locally and Globally Connected teaching and learning provides:

  • Opportunities for career development learning
  • Exposure to and the opportunity to learn from  diverse cultural and social perspectives
  • Engagement and learning opportunities with industry, professionals, community representatives and/or clients directly
  • Student contributions through inquiry and action
  • Student engagement with contemporary ‘local and global challenges’ through a range of disciplinary-relevant means 

Examples of Local and Global Connectedness include:

  • Partnership in design:  Curriculum is industry and community engaged and infused and collaboratively developed with relevant partners.
  • Partnership in delivery: Learning and teaching that is delivered with the active participation of diverse voices
    • Guest lectures, mentoring, assessing, or networking by alumni, industry or community. 
    • Client stories and case studies
    • Informational interviews with alumni, industry or community
  • Industry-connected educators: University educators who are actively connected and engaged with their industry and profession
  • Making connections between elements of the program: Opportunities for cross-course and program integration
    • Providing links between courses and the wider program for coherent and cumulative understanding
  • Transdisciplinary learning:  Opportunities for boundary-spanning and exploring different ways of knowing
    • Cross-disciplinary/transdisciplinary projects, inter-professional contact and collaboration, working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Diversity and cultural capability: Opportunities for students to have contact with and/or collaborate with people and cultures different from themselves
  • Experiential immersion: Opportunities for experience and reflection beyond the classroom
    • Virtual or actual work-related experiences, internships, externships or field visits
  • Networking and social capital:  Opportunities to work with, learn from and contribute to industry and community
  • Engaged perspectives: Learning opportunities where students engage with the ‘local and global’ challenges of our times on topics such as climate change and sustainability, social inclusion, technological and economic disruption, bioengineering, etc.
    • Trans-disciplinarity, boundary-spanning and exploring different ways of knowing: Cross-disciplinary and/or transdisciplinary projects, inter-professional contact and/or collaboration, working in multi-disciplinary teams.
    • Presentation of assessment outcomes to industry and community stakeholders
    • Dialogue beyond the classroom
    • Digital activism

Why are Local and Global Connections important?

network-connectedStudents in courses that are intentionally connected to a broader context or ecosystem are more likely to experience their learning as relevant, form stronger professional identities and career-supportive relationships and networks, and are better able to negotiate and manage differences of perspectives.

Digital Tools

  • Linkedin, Twitter and other social media to connect with broader communities of inquiry
  • Video-conferencing to access international expertise
  • Digital resources (e.g., YouTube clips, TED talks) that reflect international experiences or perspectives

Further Reading