For Immediate Release
November 5, 2012
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Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport, State University of New York, today announced the launch of SUNY Global Workforce Project, a website developed by Brockport and SUNY Cortland and operated by the SUNY Levin Institute to help college faculty internationalize their courses and teach global workforce skills to students, including cross-cultural communications, holistic thinking, and technology acumen.
“Whether it is our faculty conducting research overseas, our students studying abroad, or our administrators partnering with their counterparts in foreign countries to offer a dual degree, SUNY is committed to offering students and faculty alike with access best tools and resources from around the world,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
“This innovative curriculum project will serve our faculty and, in turn, our students with a fantastic universal platform and I commend the SUNY Levin Institute, SUNY Cortland, and The College at Brockport for making it possible.”
Under U.S. Department of Education funding beginning in August 2009, the SUNY Levin Institute, SUNY Cortland, and The College at Brockport implemented a Global Workforce Project to prepare undergraduate students for the global economy. The Project created and tested new global curricula developed to enhance international knowledge and to develop the skills needed in the global workforce of the 21st century.
“Internationalizing the curriculum is not easy and the Global Workforce Curriculum is an excellent first step faculty can take to bring more global perspectives into their courses” states Anne Huot, PhD, Provost at the College at Brockport.
At Brockport, the Global Workforce Curriculum was piloted by 14 specially trained faculty in more than 25 general education courses reaching approximately 1000 college students. Beyond preparing the students, the Global Workforce Project provides training to SUNY faculty to help them infuse their classrooms with global content. The Executive Director of Brockport’s Center for Teaching Excellence, Chris Price, developed and carried out a unique faculty training program that helped faculty create student-focused assignments that integrated cross-cultural communications, holistic thinking and technology.
“One of the most exciting parts of the training took place when faculty shared their vision for the revised courses and received feedback from their peers,” said Price. “Peer-to-peer learning helped faculty view their own courses through news lenses and helped faculty create innovate interdisciplinary courses.”
Assistant Professor of History Angela Thompsell said, “The Trade Module provided a new economic framework for my history course. I create a trade simulation where students traded commodities with partners around the world. The students kept referring to this simulation throughout the rest of the semester and I know that they gained a new appreciation for the role of economics in history.”
The trade simulation and other teaching resources are now available for free through this new website.
The Global Workforce Project is part of a larger effort by Brockport to increase global awareness on campus. Brockport’s Project Co-Coordinator and Assistant Professor of History Carl Davila explained, “Brockport emphasizes the importance of diversity as key component of the undergraduate education experience. This project helps students understand world events from multiple lenses and transforms general education to frame perspectives beyond the traditional ‘West vs. the Rest.’ ”
The SUNY Levin Institute’s Globalization101.org website hosts the new Global Workforce Curriculum. An online training program for the Global Workforce Curriculum is in development and will be available in spring 2013. Also in spring 2013, SUNY Cortland, The College and Brockport and the SUNY Levin Institute will be hosting a daylong conference on the themes of the Global Workforce Project.
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