Our innovative teaching and learning model makes studying abroad a global experience.
Globally Networked Learning, a teaching and learning approach developed by CAPA, goes beyond study abroad by enabling faculty and students to collaborate, teach, and learn from each other across our network of global locations.
Facilitated by a robust tech infrastructure—including learning and content management systems, as well as integrated video conferencing—our faculty and students are able to team teach and collaborate on projects across multiple locations. They can see each other in real time, record content in one location, and later use it in multiple destinations to form global perspectives on their coursework and experiences.
Through this model, we are taking learning abroad from an international experience to a global one. We are going beyond the traditional boundaries of study abroad!
Areas of Focus in Teaching and Learning
Our students are successfully participating in this new approach to teaching and learning abroad. The Globally Networked Learning model is embedded in our curriculum and focuses on four main areas:
Advanced Technology: Using state-of-the-art communications technology, which incorporates video conferencing and a learning management system, students are able to meet and attend class sessions in real time, record content to access at a later time, and engage in collaborative and comparative analysis of the topics being studied.
Global Collaboration: Today’s world is tied together by global economics, transnational connections, and easy access to new ideas through digital channels. As a natural extension of this global connectivity, the Globally Networked Learning model is designed to bring students together across CAPA locations to share ideas and collaborate with peers on projects that address global topics and challenges.
Comparative Perspective: As students share ideas and collaborate with peers—including students and faculty from other locations, as well as special classroom guests—they achieve wider global perspectives and broaden their understanding of global topics that extend beyond their home and host countries.
Professional Development: Within a structured academic environment, students develop valued professional skills as they work together on multinational projects with faculty and students across CAPA locations, and with their internship site supervisors and colleagues. This model allows them to learn how to effectively communicate across time zones, national boundaries, and interpersonal barriers. Students also learn important group collaboration skills and develop powerful strategic thinking skills.