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Globally Networked Learning and Sustainability Education: Collaborations for the Future

Authors: Jacqueline Salmond*, Florida Gulf Coast University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Global Change, Geography Education
Keywords: sustainability, global, education
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual Track 1
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For sustainability efforts to be successful there needs to be a shared context globally of the issues we face and the solutions available. Students within Higher Education can benefit from a global perspective regarding sustainability issues, helping to broaden their understanding and deepen their learning. Globally Networked Learning (GNL) prioritizes global experiential learning and collaborative exchanges to enrich the student experience. High impact practices such as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) can allow students who could not usually participate in traditional international experiences to engage with those from other cultures. This paper presents a case study of using the COIL program to explore sustainability concerns between Florida Gulf Coast University and the ARA institute, New Zealand. Both locations face similar issues in relation to water quality and climate change, providing an opportunity for shared understanding and intercultural problem solving.

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