University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Global Learning

Per the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Global Learning is defined as a critical analysis of an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the Earth’s sustainability. Through global learning, students should:
1) become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences,
2) seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities, and
3) address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably.
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). (2009). Global Learning VALUE rubric. Retrieved from


Below you will find resources for incorporating global elements into your classroom. 

Workshop - Developing Learning through Transformative, Inclusive, Effective, and Interdisciplinary Approaches

  • How can we develop a shared language on campus to catalyze change for global learning? How can we adapt new ways of looking at our courses and programs to enhance global learning in local and global contexts? How can we prepare our students to develop global perspectives through various transformative, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approaches? This brown bag talk will introduce the framework and approaches of global learning and discuss ways to design, develop, and implement programs and activities to respond to the above questions.
  • Dr. JY Zhou is the Director of Global Engagement and Senior International Officer at Stockton University. Her work focuses on internationalization of higher education, faculty engagement, global learning, and assessment. She collaborates with academic and student affairs professionals alike, and also teaches courses on global learning and pedagogy. 
  • Global Learning with Dr. Jiangyuan Zhou video
  • AAC&U Global Learning Value Rubric
  • Internationalizing Teacher Education - NAFSA resource
    • A set of online resources for teacher educators and teachers, including knowledge bases and model practices, to help you internationalize your courses and programs.
  • World101 - From the Council on Foreign Relations
    • World101 is a growing library of free multimedia resources that provide an immersive learning experience in a variety of settings: in classrooms, in corporate training rooms, and at home. Through its entertaining, interactive story-telling, World101 makes complex international relations and foreign policy issues accessible to learners both inside and outside formal academic settings.
  • Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies: Story Circles
    • UNESCO developed a Conceptual and Operational Framework on Intercultural Competencies, providing a comprehensive overview of the importance of developing the capacities to manage growing cultural diversity, and clarifying key related concepts and their operational interlinkages. The Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies was therefore designed to translate this framework into tangible action, and to propose a global, accessible methodology to help sensitize diverse audiences to intercultural competencies, including respect for difference, cultural curiosity, empathy and reflexivity.
  • Today's Front Pages
    • Displays the front pages of various newspapers in the US and around the world.