Internationalization of Harper College

Research has shown that international education is a critical contributor to workforce development and thereby enhances growth and productivity, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation (Brecht &Watson, 2001; H. de Wit, 2002; Knight, 2004; Government Accountability Office, 2007). It increases a student’s skills and employability, producing graduates with the appropriate skills and knowledge to function effectively in a global workplace.

Faculty are the linchpin in any effort to internationalize curricula, as they are the conduit through which students become globally informed. In order to graduate globally competent students, faculty will increasingly need to be globally-minded themselves. But efforts at internationalizing community college faculty face a variety of barriers from restrictive institutional tenure and promotion procedures to individual attitudes toward global learning.

So how can you get involved?





Presentations by Harper College faculty at International Education conferences:

“Beyond Words: Teaching Languages with Geospatial Technology”

Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL)

Tinley Park, IL, October 21, 2016

Presenters: Kimberly Jaeger, World Languages and Mukila Maitha, Geography

Maps and pictures have always played a crucial role in the language classroom; geospatial technology is vastly expanding our ability to create, manipulate, interpret, and interact with maps and pictures. This session introduced geospatial technology (Google Earth, ArcGIS, and apps) and offered ways to incorporate it in core language teaching practices. Using these tools will increases students’ communication skills in the target language while building key 21st century technological and analytical skills. Virtual field trips that incorporate multimedia, story mapping, and study abroad projects are a few applications learned about in this presentation.

“Assess This!: Measuring the Impact of Global Learning at Community Colleges”

American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), Global Learning in College conference

Denver, CO, October 6, 2016

Presenters: Richard F. Johnson and Nellie Khalil, Biology

Our poster presented how the Office of International Education at Harper College has addressed this deficit by developing, adopting, mapping, and assessing five Global Learning Outcomes through an open, inclusive, and interdisciplinary process.

“Engaging the World through Service Learning in Peru”

Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), Latin American and Caribbean Forum

San Antonio, TX, July 16, 2016

Presenter: Richard F. Johnson

In collaboration with Unearth the World, Harper College offers students the opportunity to participate in a service project through the Light and Leadership Initiative in the Huaycán community outside Lima, Peru. Service learners work with women, children, and teens through workshops and classes teaching English, math, sciences, and art. Through intentional service-learning programs such as LLI, students acquire linguistic and intercultural skills highly prized in the global workforce. This poster covered the genesis of our collaboration, the vision and design of Service Learning opportunities, the mission and goals of LLI, and the difference between “service learning” and “volunteering.”

“So Hwaet? The Value of International Education (according to a medievalist)”

Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), Latin American and Caribbean Forum

San Antonio, TX, July 17, 2016

Presenter: Richard F. Johnson

International Educators all come to the important work of global education by various paths. We know global learning builds linguistic and intercultural skills highly prized in the global workforce. We believe global learning fosters compassion, empathy, and cultural sensitivity.  In the present climate of global violence and political unrest, the world could use a whole lot more of all of these qualities. This talk offered an affirmation and celebration of the vital work we do. 

“Building Bridges and Lighting Fires: Transforming Global Education Leadership in the Community College”

Annual Meeting of the International Educators of Illinois (IEI)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, March 23, 2016

Presenter: Richard F. Johnson; Sandra Martens, College of DuPage; Lauren Nehlsen, Elgin Community College

As community colleges are charged with preparing students to participate effectively in a global workforce, global education leaders are challenged to develop coherent global education curricular programs for students to function in an interdependent, highly diverse, and fast-changing world that is increasingly marked by volatile differences. The session offered internationalization strategies from several northern Illinois community colleges.  Presented by international education leaders at three community colleges, this session focused on innovative faculty development initiatives, global studies certificates and graduation distinctions, and study abroad-experiential learning programs.

“Multimodal Mobility: Faculty Development in the Digital Age”

Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

Orlando, FL, February 1, 2016

Presenters: Richard F. Johnson; Judi Nitsch, English; and Mukila Maitha, Geography

The innovative use of educational technologies affords faculty opportunities to design media-enhanced, interactive, more inclusive and engaging learning environments. This presentation focused on a series of faculty development workshops featuring multimodal representations of content offered through Office of International Education at Harper College. This presentation featured the use of ArcGIS Story Mapping, Curated Photo Slideshows, and directed blogging. The implication for educators is to incorporate multimodal content to cater more effectively to the learning styles of an increasingly diverse student body while advancing a comprehensive campus internationalization agenda. Participants in this session gained tools to design their own ArcGIS Story Map and Curated Photo Slideshows; to galvanize faculty engagement in internationalization efforts on their own campuses using multimodal approaches; and to propose innovative steps in the areas of faculty development and curriculum infusion to move their college’s internationalization agenda to the next level.

"Worlding US: Taking Community College Faculty Overseass"

Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

Las Vegas, NV, February 22, 2015

Presenters: Richard F. Johnson; Patricia Hamlen, Anthropology; and Mukila Maitha, Geography

This session proposed innovative steps in the areas of faculty development and curriculum infusion to move an internationalization agenda forward. This presentation demonstrated how Harper College galvanized faculty support for internationalization through engaging curriculum infusion workshops and an innovative Faculty International Field Seminar entitled “Teaching Africa Today.”

"Faculty: can't motivate them, can't internationalize without them!"

Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

Newport Beach, CA, February 23, 2014

Presenters: Richard F. Johnson, and Sandra Martens, College of DuPage

The internationalization of a college campus begins with a shared vision of its future and of its constituents (from administration, faculty, staff, and students) as a global resource in its community. This session focused on one of those areas, namely faculty, through the lens of professional development and curriculum infusion. The presentation began with an “ice-breaker” activity which is designed to get everyone out of their chairs and mingling while making a vital point about internationalization (namely, that we think we know more than we do). The activity segued into the first topic of our presentation, “What to do with faculty who are uninspired by traditional incentives?”  This segment highlighted creative ways to galvanize faculty support through workshops, financial incentives, and overseas professional development programs. The second segment of the presentation, “You want me to do what, now?” showcased creative ways to encourage global curriculum infusion, such as creating a faculty toolkit, using intentional campus programming tied to specific courses and faculty, graduation and transfer incentives, and short-term faculty-led tied to campus-wide regional focus. 

"So, you've got an Internationalization Plan; now what? Next Steps in Internationalization"

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

Washington, DC, February 18, 2014

Presenters: Richard F. Johnson; Jill Izumikawa, International Student Office; Sandra Martens, College of DuPage

Do you feel the internationalization efforts at your institution have peaked? This session focused on innovative steps several institutions have taken to overcome institutional inertia, and share your experiences. 


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