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Key initiatives and history about the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

CETL Key Initiatives

  • Liberal Education
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Global Citizenship
  • Assessment
  • Undergraduate Student Research
  • Learning Technologies
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Civic Engagement

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Global Citizenship

Global Learning and Citizenship Initiative

A brief introduction to Global Learning and Citizenship at UWO

A commitment to global learning and citizenship is formally reflected in the mission and Essential Learning Outcomes at the core of liberal education at UW Oshkosh. In the past few years, our teaching community has identified a need to make global learning and citizenship a key characteristic of undergraduate education by intentionally integrating it into the University Studies Program and the broader curriculum.

The Global Learning and Citizenship Initiative includes a series of faculty development opportunities designed to help instructors engage students with strategies to gain deep knowledge about the world and its peoples, build students’ capacity for civic engagement at local and global levels, and prepare them for the responsibilities of informed citizenship in a complex, interdependent and changing world.  

A timeline of faculty dialogues and engagement, beginning with the charge to the Liberal Education Reform Team (LERT) to reform general education in 2007, can be found here. It provides a sense of the trajectory of campus commitments to and dialogues about global learning and citizenship over the past few years.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, faculty development opportunities related to global learning and citizenship include the:

Global Citizenship and the Non-Western Culture Requirement

In summer 2013, CETL sponsored a Non-Western Culture faculty dialogue group to examine the existing Non-Western Culture general education requirement in light of the USP and current national conversations in global learning and liberal education. The summer group’s recommendations were presented to the campus teaching community during the 2013 Provost's Summit on Teaching and Learning: Global Perspectives. The key components of these recommendations are

  • changing the name and content of the Non-Western Culture requirement to reflect UWO Essential Learning Outcomes and national best practices in global learning, and
  • mainstreaming global learning and citizenship within the USP, wider campus curricula and co-curricular activities.

More information about the Non-Western Culture summer dialogue group’s recommendations can be found here.

In spring 2014, the recommendations of the summer faculty dialogue group were considered by the USP Council and the Faculty Senate USP Committee, which held two campus-wide listening sessions (May and June 2014) with instructors of Non-Western Culture courses.

The goal of the recommendations is to align a Global Citizenship requirement with the USP, the learning mission of the University, the campus Essential Student Learning Outcomes, and campus priorities for students’ preparation for global citizenship.

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