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Global Learning Experience

Global Learning Experience (GLE) is an initiative at DePaul that offers grants to faculty members who integrate meaningful global conversations into their courses. DePaul’s strategic plan, Vision 2018, emphasizes the need for comprehensive internationalization in Goal 2, Objective 2a: “Leveraging the global diversity of Chicago, infuse international and comparative perspectives throughout the teaching, research and service missions of the university.”

GLE is a  program developed to address all three aspects of Objective 2a:

  • Build a faculty development initiative focused on globalization, curricular innovation and preparedness to teach in a global classroom;
  • Enlarge our network of strategic partner institutions across different regions of the world to develop deep and sustained collaborations;
  • Expand opportunities for all students, with particular attention to low-income students, to access transformational experiences, including study abroad.

In particular, GLE is intended to increase the number of transformative intercultural experiences students are exposed to through the use of web-based instructional technologies. GLE strives to increase opportunities for DePaul students to achieve one or more of the objectives articulated as part of our University Learning Goal 4:

  • Respect for and learning from the perspectives of others different from themselves;
  • Knowledge of global interconnectedness and interdependencies. 

What is GLE?

GLE is a program at DePaul that helps faculty members open their courses to international interactions mediated by technology. It is run by the office of the Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning in collaboration with Faculty Instructional Technology Services.

Who is eligible for GLE?

Any DePaul faculty member.

What are the requirements?

  1. The faculty member designs and implements a substantial, outcomes-driven, structured learning experience that engages DePaul students with students of an institution outside of the United States
  2. The faculty member agrees to disseminate among the DePaul community descriptions of her/his project implementation, students, learning experiences and assessment results via a GLE web presence.
  3. The faculty member agrees to complete the “GLE Faculty Survey” as well as to encourage the students participating in the GLE to complete the “GLE Student Survey.” Both surveys instruments are administered by the Office of Global Engagement, after each GLE iteration.

What might GLE look like?

Participants will discuss concrete examples of potential learning interactions during the training phase of GLE. The chosen interaction should maximize the richness and intensity of intercultural communication for the students involved. Opportunities for meaningful and thoughtful reflection in a multicultural context are encouraged. Many implementation models are possible and creativity is encouraged. See a few examples below:

  • Synchronous lectures delivered jointly with open or small group discussions
  • Synchronous guest speakers with follow-up small group reflection activities
  • Recorded, short presentations by guest speakers as a catalyst for asynchronous follow up discussion in small groups or as a large group
  • Group assignments resulting in jointly prepared presentations (delivered either
     synchronously or via multimedia) or case studies
  • Structured asynchronous discussions: online debates, student-led discussion on content, student-generated case study discussions
  • Peer review of student work
  • Multimedia assignments and group presentations
  • Wikispace
  • Blogs and social media 

GLE must include assessment components that evaluate student performance and progress toward attainment of University Learning goal 4.

View upcoming GLE courses by visiting the Global Engagement website.

How does one register for GLE?

A faculty member interested in registering for GLE must:

  1. Obtain support from her/his department chair or dean to participate in GLE.
  2. Choose the Fall/Winter or Winter/Spring application cycle, whose specific timetable/deadlines are listed below.
  3. Register online for training by clicking the Fall/Winter or Winter/Spring  link in the table below.
  4. GLE Timetable and Registration

    Activity Fall/Winter 2017 Winter/Spring 2018
    Registration deadline September 29 January 26
    Notification of acceptance October 6 February 9
    Online training Oct. 23 - Nov. 3 Feb. 26 - March 9
    Face-to-face training Oct. 27 & Nov. 3 March 2 & 9
    Proposal due January 12 May 4
    CIC review January 26 May 18
    REGISTER FOR TRAINING! Registration closed Register now!
  5. Attend the GLE training (see "What does the university provide through GLE" below).
  6. After the training, prepare a detailed proposal following the template provided and email it to by the respective deadline. Download Proposal

What does the university provide through GLE?

  1. Support in the choice of partner: Any faculty member with a personal or professional connection with colleagues at a foreign institution can propose a GLE, regardless of whether the colleague's home institution is already a formal partner of DePaul's. For faculty members interested in GLE who do not have an existing connection with a foreign institution, the office of Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning can facilitate contact with any of the institutions that comprise DePaul's existing international partners.
  2. Training: GLE participants will attend a training workshop consisting of the following elements:
    • Two weeks of online work. Experiential learning in the role of an online student. Access relevant readings and media. Observe and evaluate examples of globally networked learning environments. Participate in online discussions with colleagues.
    • Two face-to-face group sessions. Each session is two hours in length and will include an introduction to synchronous and asynchronous environments and demonstration of available tools.
    • One session of individualized coaching led by an instructional technology consultant. Outcomes and module design will be defined in this session.
  3. Individualized support during development and implementation: Each GLE participant will be paired with an instructional technology consultant who will assist in the development and implementation phases. We anticipate development to last anywhere between 6 weeks and 1 full quarter.
  4. Financial support: CIC may approve funding for eligible expenses for the first implementation of the proposed GLE up to $3,500. Faculty whose GLE is approved and successfully implemented are eligible for additional funding of $500 for each additional iteration of the GLE up to 3 times (e.g. up to $1500 total). For more detailed funding information, view the attached funding guidelines.
Important Notes:
  1. Academic Affairs reserves the right to deny reimbursement for non-eligible expenses. If you are unsure of the eligibility of a planned expenses, please ask Rosi Leon at
  2. Purchases of any durable goods (i.e. anything besides travel and food) will be considered as additional taxable income and, as such, subject to applicable tax withholding. Such withholding will automatically take effect upon processing of the reimbursement.

Who evaluates GLE proposals?

The Comprehensive Internationalization Committee will evaluate proposals (by January 31st for the fall training cycle and by May 30th for the winter training cycle) and award financial support to the ones deemed worthy of implementation.

What criteria will be used to evaluate GLE project proposals?

The Comprehensive Internationalization Committee developed evaluation criteria for GLE project proposals, as described below:
Proposals will be evaluated in two stages. The first stage will establish whether the proposal meets minimum thresholds of eligibility in fundamental categories (see below). A second stage, for proposals that passed the first stage, will consist of a qualitative, holistic evaluation by CIC.


The majority of CIC members present at the discussion of proposals must find that the proposal meets all the threshold requirements below in order to be considered further.

  1. All components of the proposal were completed satisfactorily.
  2. The proposal is realistic and appropriate in scope and timeline.
  3. The proposal clearly articulates how the proposed GLE offers a concrete opportunity to DPU students to interact with students of the partner institution.
  4. The proposal demonstrates a close alignment between GLE, the learning objectives of the course, and University Learning Goal 4.


CIC will proceed with a holistic, qualitative evaluation of the remaining proposals, coming to a consensus on the ones that are worth of funding.
Should there be more proposals worth of funding than funds available, CIC will prioritize proposals for the current cycle and will encourage participants to resubmit for the following cycle of funding.

Can a faculty member who has already been awarded funding for a GLE proposal re-apply?

  • A faculty member can re-apply by proposing to work with a different partner, in a different university, within a different course. If a large volume of proposals is received, preference will be given to first-time applicants.
  • Partial funding may be available for faculty who propose a modified GLE with the same faculty partner and a different course. The office of Global Engagement evaluates these requests and may rely on CIC for input when appropriate. To submit such a request, please fill out the template and send it to This funding option cannot be combined with other GLE funding opportunities for repeated GLEs.


If you have any questions about GLE, please direct them to

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