UMD: A Globally Connected University
Global Classrooms Initiative
Call for Proposals
The Office of International Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of the University of Maryland's 2017 Global Classrooms Initiative Call for Proposals.
The Global Classrooms Initiative provides financial support to faculty to develop innovative, project-based courses that bring together UMD students and students from partner universities around the world using various digital technologies. These exciting new courses aim to provide our students with international experiences that mirror the kind of work they will encounter throughout their lives: cross cultural, project-based and virtual.
Pre-proposal application deadline: February 15, 2017
To start your application process, please:
- Submit your contact information. You will receive an email including your personalized link to the online pre-proposal form.
- Schedule an appointment with Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs. This appointment/discussion can take place in person, via phone or videoconferencing.
For more information on the Global Classrooms Initiative, please contact Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs.
Learn more about our Global Classroom courses.
Madlen Simon, Associate Professor, Architecture Program - Bridging the Gap Studio: Collaborative Design Thinking Across Cultures
Name of Faculty: Madlen Simon
Title and Affiliation: Associate Professor; Architecture Program
Title of Proposed Course: Bridging the Gap Studio: Collaborative Design Thinking Across Cultures
Partner Institution: Al Nahrain University, Iraq
Course Description: The proposed course will be an urban design studio taught collaboratively by a US and an Iraqi professor of architecture. This will be a project-based learning environment in which US and Iraqi students will collaborate together to create design proposals for similar programs in each other's cities. We will begin with a research module, in which students investigate, document, analyze, and present a district in their own city to their counterparts abroad. Based upon information exchanged, students will embark upon urban design explorations in their counterparts' cities. The course will culminate in a pair of design proposals in the two cultures. Students will collaborate as a virtual team to foster the success of both projects, serving as information sources for one and information processors for the other. Projects will serve as vehicles for cultural exploration, as students propose settings for each other's daily lives. This experience mirrors work that students will encounter in globalized architectural practice, where projects are often executed in collaboration between US and local offices, with success dependent upon inter-cultural communication skills. This particular international collaboration, coming at a time of tremendous strain between US-Iraqi relations, has great potential to instill global understanding through person-to-person diplomacy.
Matthew Aruch, Assistant Director, Science, Technology and Society Program - Concepts, Frameworks and Research in Science and Technology Studies
Name of Faculty: Matthew Aruch
Title and Affiliation: Assistant Director; Science, Technology and Society
Title of Proposed Course: Concepts, Frameworks and Research in Science and Technology Studies
Partner Institution: University of Cuenca, Ecuador
Course Description: The course uses STS frameworks to research science and technology initiatives in the United States and Ecuador. First, students are introduced to a suite of STS analytic tools. Next, students will identify and select a science/ technology program/ policy to investigate. In addition to virtual and linked classroom sessions, students from the US and Ecuador will use technology to work together around their research project. Working with their international partners in Ecuador, students will interrogate their selected topic using STS analytic tools. Working together students can critically analyze a socio-technical system. The idea is that if they choose a technology or program in Ecuador, UMD students will have the option to continue their studies and meet their international partner during the January term during the STS study abroad.
Kerry Li Fang, Instructor, Ph.D. Candidate, Urban and Regional Planning and Design - A Joint Recipe for Entrepreneurial Districts: Industry Targeting, Performance Tracking and Policy Designing
Name of Faculty: Kerry Li Fang
Title and Affiliation: Instructor, Ph.D. Candidate; Urban and Regional Planning and Design
Title of Proposed Course: A Joint Recipe for Entrepreneurial Districts: Industry Targeting, Performance Tracking and Policy Designing
Partner Institution: Higher School of Economics, Russia
Course Description: This global class, A Joint Recipe for Entrepreneurial Districts: Industry Targeting, Performance Tracking and Policy Designing, aims to achieve a combined approach for the development of entrepreneurial districts based on the experiences and insights from both the United States and Russia. This course takes a hands-on approach and centers around the cross-continental joint projects. We explore effective ways of industry targeting, apply comprehensive methods to track the performance of entrepreneurial districts, and provide policy recommendations to improve their functionality.
During this learning-by-doing process, students not only are equipped with both theories and techniques, but also apply them into actual domestic and international planning practices and make real social impacts. We cover theories on urban agglomeration, entrepreneurial districts and economic development, as well as techniques including location quotient, shift-share analysis, hot-spot analysis, regression analysis and network analysis. Students are encouraged to apply both in-class techniques and skills they have acquired outside of this class to strengthen their projects. By visual communication multiple times a week to their cross-continental peers who may have limited knowledge about US entrepreneurial districts, students will learn how to effectively get their points through. This will improve the communication skills of students and enable them to adapt to different audiences in the future. Through the cross-continental collaborations, students will experience a cross-cultural exchange, challenge their theoretical premises and expand their toolbox as urban planners. The final products of the joint projects will be delivered to stakeholders and contribute to the economic vibrancy of local communities.
Ming Hu, Assistant Professor, Architecture, Planning and Preservation - Carbon Neutral Development Through Net Zero and Net Impact Building Design
Name of Faculty: Ming Hu
Title and Affiliation: Assistant Professor; Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Title of Proposed Course: Carbon Neutral Development Through Net Zero and Net Impact Building Design
Partner Institution: Nankai University, China
Course Description: In this course, Net Zero (High-performance) building design and related life cycle environmental impact are examined through real case studies to explore the means and techniques applied to the buildings with integration of a variety of simulation and analysis software. The course focuses on an understanding of the design strategies of the high-performance design and life cycle assessment method through combination of lecture and lab time. The course topic Net Zero building will be investigated from a variety of perspectives and diverse case studies in United States and China.
The purpose of this course is to provide fundamental knowledge of building sciences for the development of high-performance buildings utilizing energy modelling and simulation technology and Life Cycle Assessment technology as a design method and process. Occupant comfort is also assessed using the field testing method. In this course, students will learn knowledge and collaborate with each other to develop high-performance buildings, resulting in energy savings and environmental protections through greenhouse gas emission reductions. Throughout the course, students will work in groups to propose high-performance renovation design options that improve the existing building energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. The course will be a combination of broadcasted lectures and bi-weekly video conference between students.
Abdel-Razak Kadry, Muhiuddin Haider, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIEH), UMD School of Public Health - A Pilot Global Graduate Class on Risk Based Approach to Ensure Global Food Safety and Security
Name of Faculty: Abdel-Razak Kadry, Muhiuddin Haider
Title and Affiliation: Adjunct Professor (Kadry), Clinical Professor (Haider); Public Health
Title of Proposed Course: A Pilot Global Graduate Class on Risk Based Approach to Ensure Global Food Safety and Security
Partner Institution: Cairo University, Egypt
Course Description: The purpose of this global graduate class is to train and disseminate knowledge to the participants on the food safety and security. The main subject will be application of risk assessment to ensure food safety and food security. This course will improve the ability of participating students to accept various ways of investigating and solving food safety challenges.
This international course on food safety and food security will assist the students from UMD and Cairo University to collaborate together to solve an international challenge. UMD students will experience, firsthand, the knowledge, belief and attitude toward food safety from other students from the Middle East and vice versa. This course will be a virtual and all lectures, assignment, quizzes and group projects will deliver by web-based technology. All course participants will interact, communicate, view and discuss presentations, and engage with learning resources while working in groups, all in an online setting.
Taylor C. Woodman, Ph.D. Student, Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy/ Graduate Coordinator, Office of International Affairs - Embargoed Dialogues: Critical Studies in US and Cuban Education
Name of Faculty: Taylor C. Woodman
Title and Affiliation: Ph.D. Student/Lecturer; Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program
Title of Proposed Course: Embargoed Dialogues: Critical Studies in US and Cuban Education
Partner institution: University of Havana, Cuba
Course Description: Embargoed Dialogues is a course that aims to transcend the political barriers that divide Cuba and the US to build a virtual education research community between the University of Maryland, College of Education and educators in Cuba. As a part of this community, UMD and Cuban future education leaders will collaborate in virtual, domestic and international activities to envision what academic collaboration could and will look like in a post-embargo world.
Technology will be utilized to create a virtual space for Cubans and Maryland students to respond to a critical issue in education and develop potential solutions that utilize both Cuban and Maryland educational philosophies. A week long, in country Cuba component will allow the groups to further their projects, visit educational sites in Cuba and engage in debate about the future of global education policy.
Natasha Cabrera, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology Program, College of Education - Cross-Cultural Approaches to Child Development and Poverty in the U.S. and Chile
Name of Faculty: Natasha Cabrera
Title and Affiliation: Associate Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology Program, College of Education
Title of Proposed Course: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Child Development and Poverty in the U.S. and Chile
Partner institution: Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
Course Description: The course Cross-cultural understanding of child development and poverty in Chile and the US will help students from UMD and Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile gain a cross cultural understanding of child development and poverty in different contexts (U.S. and Chile) by (1) gaining empirical knowledge about the nature of poverty in Chile and the US and its effects on the growth and development of children. Student will learn about demographic data and conceptualizations of poverty in Chile and the US; (2) acquiring an understanding of the definition of poverty and issues associated with its measurement in Chile and the US. Students will learn about public policies developed by both countries to fight poverty, focused on the early years of child development; (3) applying critical thinking skills to analyze and compare public policies relate to poverty in Chile and the US. Student will analyze and compare empirical research on the impact of poverty and public policies on children and adolescent on various domains: cognitive, physical, and social emotional in Chile and the U.S.; and, (4) conducting interviews with community agency (from Chile and the US) to write a paper and policy brief. Students will organize a seminar to present their findings simultaneously in Chile and the US.
Matthew Thomas Miller, Ph.D. Associate Director, Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities - The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamicate Cultures through Computational Analysis
Name of Faculty: Matthew Thomas Miller
Title and Affiliation: Associate Director, Roshan Institute in Persian Digital Humanities
Title of Proposed Course: The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamicate Cultures through Computational Analysis
Partner institution: Universität Leipzig, Germany
Course Description: The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamicate Cultures through Computational Analysis is a project-based digital humanities course that will be co-taught by Matthew Thomas Miller (University of Maryland, College Park) and Maxim Romanov (Universität Leipzig). It will introduce students to theoretical debates in the field of global digital humanities and train them in basic techniques of computational textual analysis while also simultaneously engaging them as student researchers in the nascent project of exploring the vast—and largely unexplored—tomes of textual data about the Islamicate world. Like the digital humanities field that inspires its approach, The Islamicate World 2.0 will be a highly interdisciplinary course that studies texts from multiple genres (lyric poetry to historical chronicles, legal treatises to the Qur’an) and languages (Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, etc.) with the aid of computational textual analysis tools. Students will be made into “student researchers” by the end of the course, becoming genuine collaborators in the People, Places, Events (PPE) and Persian Digital Library projects (both of which are related to the larger Perseus Digital Library project) through the research projects that they will design and develop in consultation with the instructors and their fellow student research team members. Each student research group will be required to produce a piece of digital scholarship or research tool (e.g. Python script) by the end of the course, which will be disseminated through the projects’ websites and Github (with their permission) and presented in an annual The Islamicate World 2.0 “virtual conference” for the full Roshan Institute and Alexander von Humboldt-Lehrstuhl für Digital Humanities teams.
Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Ph.D. Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Institute for Systems Research, QUEST Honors Program - Global Consulting and Innovation Practicum
Name of Faculty: Jeffrey W. Herrmann
Title and Affiliation: Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Institute for Systems Research
Title of Proposed Course: Global Consulting and Innovation Practicum
Partner institution: University of Queensland, Australia; Linköping University, Sweden
Students at the University of Maryland, the University of Queensland, and Linköping University will work together on virtual teams (approximately 2 or 3 students from each university to create a team of four to six students) for an entire semester (approximately 14 weeks) to solve real-world problems provided by off-campus clients (both here in Maryland and near our partner institutions). Each team will work with one client (project sponsor). The assignment of students to project teams will depend upon student availability, expertise, interest, logistical considerations, and project requirements. The problems will be related to quality management, process improvement, and systems design.
Muhiuddin Haider, Ph.D, MS, Associate Research Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIEH), UMD School of Public Health - Addressing Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh
Name of Faculty: Muhiuddin Haider
Title and Affiliation: Associate Research Professor
Title of Proposed Course: Addressing Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh
Partner institution: Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)
Course Description: This global classroom will provide public health students and faculty from both Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) a virtual classroom learning experience in practical project implementation, research techniques in global health data collection and analysis, and report writing on community based health and environment related projects of global health interest. An assessment of ongoing public health program implementation work will be conducted. Specific projects to assess will be selected with careful consideration of mutual academic interest, opportunity for meaningful public health population impact and student involvement and learning, and sustainability within communities with which project work is carried out and the partner agencies that are implementing the work.
One of the following 4 projects will be selected for the focus of the global classroom after consideration of mutual interest, opportunity for meaningful public health population impact and student involvement and learning, and sustainability within communities with which project work is carried out:
- Assess a community household waste collection process in Dhaka city.
- Assess the work of NGO Bastob’s microfinance project that provides health services along with the credit services in Dhaka city.
- Assess the public health relevance of a drinking water supply in a Dhaka slum (Korail slum) established by the NGO Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK).
- Assess indoor air pollution in relation to use of traditional cookstoves and efforts to improve access to clean cookstoves and fuels through the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and various local partners.
Natasha H. Chapman, Ph.D. Coordinator, Leadership Studies Program - Technology Beyond Borders: Service Learning and Leadership across Cultural, Ethnic and Community Lines
Name of Faculty: Natasha H. Chapman
Title and 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 (PolyU)
Course Description: 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.
Janet Chernela, Ph.D. Professor of Anthropology - Indigenous People and Conservation
Name of Faculty: Janet Chernela
Title and Affiliation: Professor, Anthropology
Title of Proposed Course: Indigenous People and Conservation
Partner institution: Universidade do Estado do Amazoas (UEA), Universidade de Brasilia (UnB)
Course Description: This project will transform a course previously taught under a field school format in Brazil, using video and audio conferencing technology to allow UMD students who are not able to travel to collaborate with peers at two universities - Universidade do Estado do Amazoas (UEA) and Universidade de Brasilia (UnB) - and with indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Working in virtual teams mixing students from the three universities, they will consider how peoples form alliances with NGOs to generate local income, protect nature, and safeguard human rights. Team projects will explore traditional indigenous knowledge and land management, new contributions by indigenous peoples to changing landscapes, the legal mechanisms and instruments through which indigenous peoples have rights to the resources they occupy and utilize, and the organizations created by them to articulate with international bodies established to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
William Dorland, Ph.D. Executive Director, University Honors College - Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Afghanistan
Name of Faculty: William Dorland
Title and Affiliation: Executive Director, University Honors College
Title of Proposed Course: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Afghanistan
Partner institution: American University of Afghanistan
Course Description: This course will wed traditional “role playing” pedagogy with the latest learning technologies. UMD Honors students and peers at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul will jointly re-examine both the longer and more recent history of Afghanistan. Working in teams of four—two students from UMD, two from AUAf—participants will then prepare for and re-enact the “Bonn Conference” of December 2001, where US, UN, Afghan and other world leaders came together and made pivotal decisions affecting the country’s future. To better understand the interests and policies of the various stakeholders, students at UMD and AUAF will hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan since 2001 from former senior U.S. and Afghan government officials. Against this backdrop and informed by the lessons learned over the past 12 years, each team will represent a country and/or organization and advocate for a particular course of action the team feels will advance that country's or organization's interest.
Marie Howland, Ph.D. Professor of Urban Studies and Planning - Industrial Districts, History, Theory and Practice
Name of Faculty: Marie Howland
Title and Affiliation: Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
Title of Proposed Course: Industrial Districts, History, Theory and Practice
Partner institution: Higher School of Economics, Russia
Course Description: Professor Howland and her long-time professional collaborator, Prof. Leonid Limonov of the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia, will use digital learning technologies to link their students in a comparative study of US and Russian industrial development and urban planning. Graduate student from HSE will team with graduate and advanced undergraduate students at UMD to compare and contrast the reasons for and results of development policy in these two very different political and economic environments. Participants will gain both theoretical background as a basis for analysis, and professional skills for presenting their joint proposals to public officials in both Russia and the U.S.
Roberta Lavine, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Spanish - Cross-cultural Communication in Latin American Business
Name of Faculty: Roberta Lavine
Title and Affiliation: Associate Professor, Spanish
Title of Proposed Course: Cross-cultural Communication in Latin American Business
Partner institution: Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Ecuador
Course Description: This project enhances Spanish 422: Cross Cultural-Communication by linking UMD participants to colleagues at Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial in Quito, Ecuador. Teams of students from UMD and UTE will carry out tasks appropriate to a business environment (e.g., a formal oral presentation, or an international negotiation) as well as academic tasks that explore culture, joint ventures, marketing, and negotiation in Latin America. UMD-UTE teams will also participate in a simulated negotiation to create a new joint venture. As part of the simulation, teams will create business and marketing plans, and an executive summary in which they reflect on the entire experience, emphasizing the process of win-win negotiation and the impact of culture.
Mark Wellman, Ph.D. Director, Business, Society & Economy Program, College Park Scholars - UAE Global Immersion Experience
Name of Faculty: Mark Wellman
Title and Affiliation: Director, Business, Society & Economy Program, College Park Scholars
Title of Proposed Course: UAE Global Immersion Experience
Partner institution: American University of Sharjah (AUS), United Arab Emirates
Course Description: This project will link students in the Business, Society & Economy Program of College Park Scholars with peers at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates, to examine the skills and abilities leaders and managers need in a global business environment. Student teams will be formed combining UMD and AUS students, to foster collaboration and interdependence. After an initial exercise on the qualities of transformational leaders, the teams will then engage in a series of virtual simulations that place them in real-life management situations that require them to make critical decisions while challenging ingrained assumptions. The simulations allow the teams to gain knowledge through experimentation and explore the impact of multiple variables within each simulated business scenario. The course will make use of digital communication and learning technologies to foster virtual collaborations, but also include an in-person encounter in the UAE during UMD’s Spring Break.
Bennet Zelner, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Logistics, Business and Public Policy - Family Capitalism, Shareholder Capitalism, and the Role of Immigrants
Name of Faculty: Bennet Zelner
Title and Affiliation: Associate Professor, Logistics, Business and Public Policy
Title of Proposed Course: Family Capitalism, Shareholder Capitalism, and the Role of Immigrants
Partner institution: Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy
Course Description: This course will bring together students at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and students at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Students at each school will be teamed with peers at the other via digital technologies for a comparative examination of US, “Shareholder Capitalism” and Italian “Family Capitalism.” The relative experience of immigrant communities in the US and Italy will serve as a basis for examining the broad institutional and ideological differences between the American and Italian systems, with UMD students analyzing phenomena in Italy and Bocconi students considering the situation in the US. Team projects will produce policy briefs, which will include analysis of the economic or social implications of these phenomena as well as recommendations for industrial or social policy.