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Lead a Global Learning Experience (GLE)

A GLE (also known as virtual exchange, VE, or collaborative online international learning, COIL) is a technology-enabled learning experience that is embedded within an existing course and has clear learning outcomes and deliverables, in which sustained communication and interaction takes place between DePaul students and students from an international partner institution. DePaul offers carefully planned faculty development opportunities and specialized support to aid the design, development and growth of virtual exchange pedagogies. To learn more about how you can lead a Global Learning Experience as a DePaul faculty member, visit the GLE program page on the Teaching Commons website
For any additional questions about GLE, email Rosi Leon, director of Virtual Exchange and Online Learning.

GLE Postcard Front (Click image to enlarge).

GLE maps
Examples of virtual exchange projects can be found on our GLE Projects page.

In the news: A GLE course can now also satisfy one of the requirements for completion of the Global Fluency Certificate (for undergraduate students). Learn more here.

Any DePaul faculty member can implement a Global Learning Experience in a DePaul class, in collaboration with an international partner.

Involving all students in your class is crucial to allow maximum student exposure to transformative international opportunities such as GLE, as well as for other logistical reasons pertinent to DePaul. As far as lenght of the project, GLEs can vary from one simple shared assignment all the way to an entire co-taught course, but based on DePaul quarter (10-week) system, we strongly encourage projects to be at least 5 weeks long.
Yes. There are two training cycles offered throughout the year, one in fall/winter and one in winter/spring. Exact deadlines and dates are found at
No, but it is highly beneficial to do so. Your international partner can even be embeded in the training so you can participate together.  As far as finding an international partner, leveraging your existing personal or professional international contacts will maximize the success of your GLE. However, the office of Global Engagement can assist you in finding a partner if you do not currently have one. You will definitely need to have a partner identified before submitting a formal GLE proposal.

Yes. After attending  the formal faculty development workshop, you can submit a formal proposal for a GLE. There are special funds available for proposals that are approved by the Comprehensive Internationalization Committee. More information on proposal preparation, submission and funding amount can be found in the Teaching Commons.

Yes. There are various ways in which DePaul supports faculty members after their first project implementation:
  • Instructional design support - faculty will continue to work with an instructional designer from the Center for Teaching and Learning  as they plan their future GLE project implementations.
  • Funding support - as part of the current GLE funding structure, faculty recieve additional funding in the form of one-time payments, for up to three times, after the initial GLE offer. More details can be found  here (under Funding).
  • Conference presentations support - limited funds are available for faculty whose GLE proposals get accepted at a discipline specific conference or another related conference, such as:

GLE Handout

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