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Active Learning and Globalization: Creating a Class and Assessing Student Learning
Unformatted Document Text:  Bromley Active Learning and Globalization a single aspect of globalization: the McDonalds case focused on economic globalization, the movies case focused on cultural globalization, and the climate change case focused on environmental globalization. These case studies enabled students to see the real-world impact of globalization by examining cases that they are familiar with and emphasizing the impact of globalization. This course was one option for students to fulfill the college writing requirement. This course was one of just four required classes that fulfill students’ general education requirement. (Students must also take 10 other general education courses in a variety of disciplines to fulfill the college’s breath of study requirement.) The other writing seminars generally focused on the analysis of literature, film or other media in an American context. My course was the only one that focused exclusively on international themes. As a result, it was an important way to help internationalize the core curriculum of the college. I designed the course’s requirements to both meet the writing requirements and to promote students’ active engagement with the material. Students were assessed on their class participation. They were also assessed on other assignments, many of which we began or completed in class. Papers – on a topic of the student’s own choosing - made up the rest of the course grade. Because this was a writing class, students submitted topics, outlines, and drafts to the instructor and/or their peers for feedback; much of this work happened in class. These papers encouraged students to think on a range of different levels. 3 Because they wrote about a topic they chose, students expanded their knowledge of that particular area of globalization. Students also had to comprehend and interpret that information in 3 See , p. 7, citing Benjamin Bloom, ed., Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: The Classification of Educational Goals, New York: Longman, 1956. 3

Authors: Bromley, Pamela.
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Bromley
Active Learning and Globalization
a single aspect of globalization: the McDonalds case focused on economic
globalization, the movies case focused on cultural globalization, and the climate
change case focused on environmental globalization. These case studies enabled
students to see the real-world impact of globalization by examining cases that they
are familiar with and emphasizing the impact of globalization.
This course was one option for students to fulfill the college writing
requirement. This course was one of just four required classes that fulfill students’
general education requirement. (Students must also take 10 other general
education courses in a variety of disciplines to fulfill the college’s breath of study
requirement.) The other writing seminars generally focused on the analysis of
literature, film or other media in an American context. My course was the only one
that focused exclusively on international themes. As a result, it was an important
way to help internationalize the core curriculum of the college.
I designed the course’s requirements to both meet the writing requirements
and to promote students’ active engagement with the material. Students were
assessed on their class participation. They were also assessed on other
assignments, many of which we began or completed in class. Papers – on a topic of
the student’s own choosing - made up the rest of the course grade. Because this
was a writing class, students submitted topics, outlines, and drafts to the instructor
and/or their peers for feedback; much of this work happened in class. These papers
encouraged students to think on a range of different levels.
Because they wrote
about a topic they chose, students expanded their knowledge of that particular area
of globalization. Students also had to comprehend and interpret that information in
3
See , p. 7, citing Benjamin Bloom, ed., Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: The
Classification of Educational Goals, New York: Longman, 1956.
3


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