Global Courses

Implementation

All incoming freshman are required to complete at least one global course beginning in the fall of 2014.  Global courses have been, and will continue to be, identified by instructors, department heads, and academic deans according to the QEP specifications and procedures.  Both core courses and elective courses have been created and identified as global in an effort to present the greatest opportunity for all students to participate in the Global Scholar program.

All courses designated as global must adhere to specific guidelines.  For example, a global course will have an overarching goal of "Preparing Students for an Interconnected World," state at least one of the QEP SLOs in the syllabus, include an assessment plan to be completed by the instructor, and require each student to upload a graded artifact to their ePortfolio.  The Registrar’s office has been tasked with labeling each global course with a “GLB” distinction (e.g., MGT 305 GLB/ Principles of Mgt.) in the course catalog and schedule of classes.  A newly created course must first progress through the established course creation and maintenance process established by Texas A&M University-Commerce before being designated as a global course.

All departments are encouraged to identify and/or create at least one global course so that all students, regardless of specific area of study, will experience a global perspective in relation to the globally dynamic issues, trends, processes, and/or systems in a particular field of study.  In preparation for future growth of the program, and to infuse a deeper global perspective across the curriculum, graduate courses were also identified and included in the list of approved courses.  Although the courses will be designated as global, graduate students are only eligible to seek the Global Learning Recognition distinction.

Artifacts

Global course distinction requires that the syllabus clearly state the specific QEP SLO(s), the instructor includes a comprehensive assessment plan for the stated learning outcome, and the students insert at least one graded artifact into their ePortfolio.  Instructors are encouraged to utilize a wide variety of direct measures including, but not limited to, exams, research papers, projects, presentations, performances, and field service to assess student learning.  Additionally instructors are encouraged to utilize appropriate assessment methods that include rubrics and rating scales that are reflective of the current discipline-specific pedagogy.  Each graded artifact will serve as a formative assessment for learning.  Instructors will report the assessment averages for all students for each global course artifact, reflecting a summative assessment of learning related to each specific SLO.  The average rating of all global course artifacts for each SLO will then be utilized as a summative assessment of learning in relation to the QEP at a program level.

Click the bolded link to access the Global Course Criteria Form.

Click the bolded link to access an ePortfolio Quick Guide to Upload/Retrieve Artifacts

Evaluations

A total of four questions have been added to the course evaluation system effective for the fall 2013 term.  In addition to individual course reports, the system will allow comparisons of all courses and comparison between courses designated as “global” (“GLB” distinction).  These reports will assist in indirectly assessing the ongoing progress of the QEP, the SLOs resulting from the single course, as well as future identification and maintenance of global courses.  All questions have a response scale from 1= Strongly Agree to 5= Strongly Disagree.

1. This course better prepared me for an interconnected world.

2. This course improved my knowledge of the interconnectedness of global dynamics (issues, processes, trends, systems).

3. This course improved my ability/skill to apply knowledge of the interconnectedness of global dynamics (issues, processes, trends, systems).

4. This course encouraged me to view myself as an engaged citizen within an interconnected and diverse world.

An end-of-semester course evaluation report will be produced with results for each course, with an aggregated total of all global courses and a comparison report of non-global courses.  The report will be utilized for ongoing review and assessment of the ability of each global course toward reaching the QEP objectives from the student perspective.  The individual global course evaluations will be utilized for ongoing formative assessment to determine if changes should be made at the course level.  The course evaluations will also be utilized for summative assessment on an annual basis to determine if the overall objective and SLOs have been achieved at the program level.

Click the bolded link below to see the QEP courses. You can choose the appropriate term from the drop down menu.

Access the link to schedule of QEP courses here.

Access the list of Global courses here