UMD: A Globally Connected University

Spring 2018 - HESI318I: Applied Contextual Leadership; Global Leadership in a Virtual Context

HESI318I: Applied Contextual Leadership; Global Leadership in a Virtual Context

Blended Learning

Instructors: Anne Spear, Natasha Chapman

Credits: 3

Partner Institutions: Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Course Description: This course is a global learning experiment that joins students and faculty from the University of Maryland, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Royal University of Phnom Penh in a virtual, interactive environment. Students will explore the role of socially responsible leadership in a global context in response to the question, “How do we learn to understand, examine, and address complicated global problems while working with highly diverse groups of people and perspectives?”
The course uses a selected global issue as a means to explore the complexity of the issue and develop understanding of and leadership skills in diverse, multicultural and global environments. Students will learn and work virtually with international partners to explore and critically examine the issue and present briefings on the various challenges, options and views surrounding it. As a final project, students will apply problem-solving skills and use their personal, acquired, and co-constructed knowledge about leadership, intercultural competencies and the global issue to respond to a live case study with recommendations for stakeholders.

Award Year: 2015

Name of Faculty: Natasha Chapman(link is external)

Title & Affiliation: Coordinator, Leadership Studies Program

Title of Proposed Course: Technology Beyond Borders: Service Learning and Leadership Across Cultural, Ethnic and Community Lines

Partner Institution: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept and practice of “learning as a way of leading” through service-learning in a complex, global context. The class will consist of undergraduate students from the University of Maryland (UMD) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and will be co-taught by instructors from both institutions. This course will aim to increase students’ awareness and knowledge of communities that are culturally, ethnically or socially distinct from their own. UMD students, PolyU students, and community partners will work on a collaborative project that involves the development and implementation of a science exploratorium in a local community center in Kigali, Rwanda. The service-learning component of this course will expose students to the needs of appropriate, sustainable technology in under-resourced communities and the role of addressing social issues through global partnerships. Through the use of digital technologies and on-going virtual interactions, students from both universities will become acquainted with one another and with the critical social issues regarding need, justice and ethics related to the information age. The collaborative project will emphasize the importance of cognitive and behavioral leadership skill development and will allow students to study and apply leadership concepts such as problem-solving, innovation, social perspective taking, facilitation, teamwork and communication in order to reach shared goals. The course will also highlight a community based research approach, requiring students to put into practice “learning leadership” tasks such as self-reflection and evaluation, asking constructive questions, storytelling, and building community.​