The Global Canopy is a national OLT funded project encompassing five universities, that examines the global mobility opportunities developed through discipline-based learning activities.
This is a federally funded project – Office of Learning and Teaching Priority one Project: Global Mobility ($280K)
Never before have Australian universities been presented with such exciting and compelling global opportunities. The richness of the student body that assembles on our campuses (both on and off-shore; virtual and physical) provides a cohort that is global, connected and outward-looking. Of this cohort, almost half a million are overseas students (internationals) studying in Australia, representing 193 countries (AEI, 2014). Woven loosely into this cohort is the outbound mobility of domestic students, with up to 16,000 Australian students undertaking international study experiences per annum.
Whilst all Australian universities welcome significant numbers of inbound international students and also conduct and increasingly encourage outbound student mobility programmes, the two “strands” of international activity rarely engage in deliberately organised learning and teaching activities. This project is investigating coherent approaches of integrated teaching and learning between these two cohorts at six different, sector-representative universities. Building upon the investigations and lessons of previous work this project will create a Global Canopy. A “canopy” by definition is a place of selected shelter, where growth and nurturing occurs, where healthy specimens thrive with cross-fertilisation, care and interest.
The project complements the Federal government’s New Colombo Plan by identifying and providing examples of how an integrated approach to the elements of a global learning experience can better develop student competence, mobility and intercultural understanding.The Global Canopy will enhance existing examples, cross-fertilise ideas and new learning and teaching approaches for these cohorts and present coherent global perspectives for the benefit of all students in all Australian universities. Using a range of good practice learning and teaching case studies, the project will identify inbound and outbound student cohort interactions and identify teaching approaches to enhance these interactions. A final key output of the Global Canopy will be a detailed Good Practice Guide of the case studies.
The final project report is due in March 2016.
Andrea Chester and James Baglin (RMIT), UWS, Uni Syd, UoN, Deakin, CQU