Call for Applications for Global Classroom Development

Sep 30, 2020 | Divisional Announcements, Instruction

To: Divisional Faculty and Instructors
From: Division of Global Engagement
Subject: Global Classroom Development

The Division of Global Engagement seeks applications from all interested instructional faculty to develop Global Classroom courses, to be offered at UCSC in Fall 2021 and beyond. Up to 10 applications will be selected for this initial Call.

Application Deadline:  Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5 p.m.

What are Global Classrooms?

Global Classrooms provide an innovative way for students to gain international experience through virtual technology. They are existing courses, revised by UCSC faculty and their faculty collaborator abroad to incorporate the course design approaches of Virtual Exchange (VE), also known as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). Learn more about the COIL course design model. These Global Classroom courses will increase UCSC students’ access to global learning by providing them with opportunities to engage and collaborate globally with students at international partner institutions, while also creating opportunities for faculty to strengthen ties with colleagues abroad, through joint teaching and course development, in support of future scholarly collaborations and potential graduate student recruitment.

As part of the inaugural cohort of faculty awardees developing Global Classrooms, you will connect with your international partner who teaches in a similar discipline, participate together in professional development training, develop a COIL module/component with concrete goals and deliverables, and implement it in one of your existing courses at UCSC to create a Global Classroom. Global Classrooms are best suited to smaller class sizes with an average enrollment of under 30, and can be undergraduate or graduate courses. The COIL modules/components can vary in scope and duration, but typically last between six and eight weeks within a course and include:

    • Activities jointly developed by you and a teaching partner at a university abroad.
    • Project-based learning, involving both asynchronous and synchronous engagement requiring students from both institutions to work together.
    • Use of online collaborative tools to carry out teaching and learning activities.

A committee will review all applications, and awardees will be expected to submit a request for course approval to the Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction (CCI).  Courses funded should be offered in at least three of the next five years by the originator or another faculty member who is appointed to teach the same course.

Faculty whose applications are selected will be provided the following:

  • $4,000 in summer compensation, upon completion of the Global Classroom curriculum development by July 30, 2021, with payment on August 1.
  • Professional development training in VE/COIL with a faculty cohort during fall and winter quarters
  • Pedagogical and technical support during the training and curriculum development.

The overall time commitment for professional development is approximately 20 hours. Both the faculty awardee and their teaching partner abroad must be available to participate in the training together.

Timeline Summary

  • October 30, 2020 by 5 p.m.: Application Deadline
  • Early November 2020: Awardees announced
  • Mid-November 2020 (date/time TBD): Introductory VE/COIL info session (2 hours, synchronous)
  • January 2021 (date/time TBD): Cohort meeting
  • February 22 – March 12, 2021: Three-week online workshop on VE/COIL course development
    • Primarily asynchronous activities, including readings and discussions
    • Two synchronous sessions (via Zoom; will be recorded and available for reference):
      • Friday, February 26: 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST
      • Friday, March 12: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CST
  • Submission of course approvals to CCI in spring quarter

Application Guidelines

Prior to submitting your application, you and your teaching partner are strongly encouraged to complete the brief, self-guided introduction, “What is COIL”, provided by the SUNY COIL Center.

If you do not yet have a teaching partner and/or partner institution identified, please reach out to Director of Global Initiatives, George Sabo ( as soon as possible, and prior to submitting your application for assistance with identifying potential partner institutions.

Applications should include:

1. Statement of Interest: In no more than two pages, provide responses to the following prompts and append your course syllabus:

  1. Quarter offered:  The quarter the course will be offered in the 2021-22 academic year, and include the frequency of offerings and average enrollment.
  2. Teaching partner:  A brief profile of your identified teaching partner and their institution. Please explain how you will leverage this connection and the virtual environment to engage and challenge students.
  3. Partner course:  A brief description of your teaching partner’s course (or append a syllabus, if available). Explain how your course and your teaching partner’s course are good candidates for adapting to a Global Classroom environment and how the intersection of content and collaborative learning will provide students with an international experience.
  4. Additional information: Particular experience or qualifications you or your teaching partner and institution may have that is relevant to developing or teaching a Global Classroom.

2. Department/College Endorsement Form (download fillable PDF here)

Complete applications must include this form as an attachment with your Statement of Interest.
Please discuss your plans with your department, college or program chair.

3. Teaching Partner/Institution Confirmation Form (download fillable PDF here)

Complete applications must include this form as an attachment with your Statement of Interest.

A clear commitment from your teaching partner as well as their institution is vital for a successful Global Classroom project. It is recommended that you contact your prospective teaching partner as soon as possible to discuss project feasibility and to provide an overview of the expected timeline and commitment.

Complete applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 30. Submit applications to copying your unit head (department or program chair, college provost).

Questions?  Contact George Sabo, Director of Global Initiatives, at

If you have any questions or comments, please contact