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Global Learning Experience

Global Learning Experience (GLE) is DePaul University's virtual exchange initiative aimed at increasing the number of transformative intercultural experiences students are exposed to through the use of web-based instructional technologies. The program offers grants to faculty members who integrate meaningful global conversations into their existing courses and was initially developed to address aspects of DePaul University's strategic plan, Vision 2018, such as:

  • 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 strives to increase opportunities for DePaul students to achieve strategic objectives, such as:

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

What is GLE?

GLE is a structured faculty development program at DePaul that helps faculty members open their courses to international collaborations 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 D​ePaul faculty member.

What are the requirements?

  1. The faculty member must complete the GLE faculty development workshop, currently offered twice a year.
  2. The faculty member designs and implements a substantial, outcomes-driven, structured learning experience within one of their existing courses that engages DePaul students with students from an institution outside of the United States.
  3. The faculty member attends a required debriefing session after each GLE implementation.
  4. 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.
  5. The faculty member agrees to provide the Office of Global Engagement relevant materials regarding their GLE project, and to disseminate among the DePaul community descriptions of their project implementation, learning experiences and assessment results via a GLE web presence.

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
  • Blogs and social media 

GLE must include assessment components that evaluate student performance and progress toward building a more diverse and globally aware university community.​​

Can I see examples of GLE projects at DePaul?

Yes, you can see a variety of GLE project examples on the Global Engagement website. The infographic below illustrates the countries with which DePaul has partnered, as well as the swath of disciplines engaged in collaboration.
GLE infographic

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 2018 Winter/Spring 2019
    Registration deadline September 28 January 11
    Notification of acceptance October 5 January 18
    Online training Oct. 22 - Nov. 2 Jan. 23 - Feb. 8
    Face-to-face training Oct. 26 & Nov.2 Feb. 1 & Feb. 8
    Proposal due January 11 May 10
    CIC review January 25
    May 31
    REGISTER FOR TRAINING! Register here Register here
  5. Attend the GLE faculty development workshop (see "What does the university provide through GLE" below).
  6. After the workshop, prepare a detailed proposal following the template provided and email it to gleprogram@depaul.edu by the respective deadline. Download Proposal

What does the university provide through GLE?

  1. Support in the choice of partner, if needed: 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 structured faculty development workshop consisting of the following elements:
    • Two and a half 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 (one on campus, one virtual). 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 instructional design support during project 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: The Comprehensive Internationalization Committee (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 rleon1@depaul.edu
  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.
  3. University Procards cannot be used for GLE-related expenses.

Who evaluates GLE proposals?

The Comprehensive Internationalization Committee, a faculty committee with representation from all 10 colleges and schools, will evaluate proposals (by January 31st for the fall/winter training cycle and by May 30th for the winter/spring 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 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 the university goal of fostering a more diverse and globally aware community.


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 gleprogram@depaul.edu. 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 gleprogram@depaul.edu

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