CALL Global Shared Learning: Classroom
The Vice Rectory for International Affairs invites the educational community to participate in the call for proposals for Global Shared Learning: Classroom (GSL Classroom) from the academic period February - June 2024, which will take place from August 28th to September 22nd, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (MCT).
GSL Classroom is an initiative of the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs that aims to link an Educational Unit of Tecnológico de Monterrey with a course from an international partner university, through an international element, using technological tools to connect students, foster collaboration and facilitate learning in multicultural environments.
This international component is included in the course of each of the participating universities, partially or totally, and its length can be extended throughout the course or applied to a specific module or topic with a minimum duration of four weeks.
Professors can decide on elements such as the type of partner they consider suitable for the collaboration, the total length of the experience, the type of interaction (synchronous or asynchronous), the kind of activities, and the evaluation rubric, among other academic elements.
The participating professors work together to design three main activities focused on interaction and cultural exchange between students in digital environments, collaborative work in multicultural teams to achieve a common goal and reflection on differences and similarities with their peers during collaboration.
August 31st, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (TCM). Register HERE >
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Evaluation and Selection
Guidelines of Global Shared Learning: Classroom
The following conditions must be met so that the international component receives recognition from the Office of Internationalization as a GSL Classroom:
- Have the authorization of the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs through the established mechanisms.
- Carry out the joint design of activities by professors from each participating institution.
- Incorporate the GSL Classroom activities into a course at both institutions.
- Integrate the COIL methodology (Collaborative Online International Learning).
- Integrate, at least, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations (UN).
- Contribute to the SDG goal.
- Have a duration of, at least, 4 weeks with a minimum of 12 hours of total work, of which at least 2 hours of synchronous work are recommended.
- Stick to the communicated and established dates for the collaboration. In case of any modification, it must be timely informed to the assigned GSL Coordinator.
- Have an impact of at least 10% on the final grade of the Tec Educational Unit of which it is part.
- Mandatory participation of Tecnológico de Monterrey students.
- Include work in multicultural teams.
The main objective of this call is to offer professors a different internationalization opportunity, and enhance their professional development through innovation and the use of technology.
Through the application of the COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) methodology, professors, like their students, will be able to experience internationalization, collaborative work, and the development of meaningful interactions with international peers and students.
Professors from Tecnológico de Monterrey, of undergraduate programs of any discipline, teaching or developing Tec21 Educational Units, and who are interested in seeking an approach to an international environment, promoting interaction through a digital environment, addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (UN).
While participating in a GSL Classroom experience, professors must meet the following requirements:
- Interest in including an online internationalization element in their Educational Unit, motivating and promoting the development of multicultural teamwork skills both for themselves (professional development) and for their students.
- Willingness to innovate.
- English language proficiency in case the interaction requires it, and clear communication skills (oral and written).
- Have the necessary skills to work and interact with other participants using technological tools, through a computer or a mobile device with Internet access.
- Complete the training course “Guide for the design and implementation of GSL Classroom”*. This training, with an approximate duration of 8 hours, is self-directed and is available in Canvas. To access this course you must register at the following link:
a. Registration “Guide for the design and implementation of GSL Classroom”**
The due date to complete this training course is September 22nd, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (MCT).
*Note: Professors who have implemented a collaboration in previous periods may apply to this call, as long as they have satisfactorily completed the training course “Guide for the Design and Implementation of GSL Classroom.”
**Note: The deadline to register for this training course is September 20th, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (MCT).
- Submit the requested documentation through the Application Registration Form (information sent by any other means will not be considered for the application):
a. Fill out the Application Proposal Format for this Call. There are two versions of this format (English and Spanish) for each of the applicant profiles. Download and complete only the version that corresponds to your profile:
Application Proposal Format | Continuity professor
Application Proposal Format | First implementation professor
b. Collaboration Commitment Letter signed, and active participation in all stages of the GSL Classroom: planning, design, implementation, evaluation, and integration of the evidence portfolio.
c. Requests and send the signed Direct Academic Leader Authorization Letter (signed by the Director of Department or the Direct Leader) to implement GSL Classroom within an Educational Unit.
d. Create a Video Presentation (1 to 3 min) for your application that includes a brief description of the proposal. This video is intended to facilitate the search for potential partners, so it must be recorded in the preferred language for the collaboration. Find the guide of recommendations and examples for your video at the following link:
If the application is accepted, professors must comply with the following:
- Actively participate in the international partner search process* together with the GSL Classroom team (profile review, contact, networking), considering that the international partner must be confirmed at least 4 weeks before the start of the semester indicated in this call.
*Note: There is no commitment from the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs and the Coordination of Global Shared Learning: Classroom to find the international partner, this activity is the responsibility, fully, of the Tec professor interested in carrying out the collaboration.
- Notify the Coordination of Global Shared Learning: Classroom if there are changes in the Educational Unit initially proposed; Tec faculty that will be additionally integrated into the collaboration; the number of Tec groups that will participate in the initially approved application. (Deadline to be defined according to the Academic calendar).
- Ask your academic leader to include the GLGC attribute of GSL Classroom in your Educational Unit. (Deadline to be defined according to the Academic calendar).
- Integrate and send evidence according to the dates and means stipulated by the Office of the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs.
- Continuity professors who wish to apply again must have satisfactorily accomplished all of the above requirements, otherwise, their application will not be considered within this Call.
To participate in the Call*, professors must complete the following registration form: Postulate Educational Unit.
This Form will be active from the date of publication of this call until Friday, September 22nd, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (MCT), for those Global Classroom collaborations to be implemented during the semester February - June 2024.
*Note: Participation in this call is voluntary and has limited spots.
Evaluation and Selection
The Global Shared Learning: Classroom Coordination will analyze the applications to select those that will be developed and implemented in the period February - June 2024 according to the following criteria:
- Complete the training course "Guide for the design and implementation of GSL Classroom" (For those professors applying for the first time):
Performance within the training course
Quality of the collaboration plan proposal
- Submission of application of the Educational Unit through the official Application Registration Form at the times indicated in this call.
- Compliance with the requirements established in this call.
- Commitment and availability of the participating professors.
- Impact on the number of students benefited (minimum 15 students).
- Stage of the education unit in the Tec21 Model:
- Teaching type
Individual. The GSL Classroom collaboration is carried out only by a Tec professor.
Joint. The GSL Classroom collaboration is carried out by two or more Tec professors, each with their respective Group.
Team-teaching. The GSL Classroom collaboration is carried out as a team by you or more Tec professors who reach the same Group of the Educational Unit.
- Scope (it will be sought that the scope of the initiative is available in the largest number of Tec campuses):
- Feasibility of finding an international partner according to the proposed theme (interdisciplinary).
- Include at least one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals within the learning objectives or activities of the GSL Classroom.
- Language: Collaborations in English will be prioritized, to support the 2025 Strategic Plan of Tecnológico de Monterrey, specifically, the increase in the learning experiences offer taught in English and the development of effective communication skills of professors and students with international colleagues in a second language.
- Technological Tools: Have the necessary skills to work and interact with other participants using technological tools. Promote the implementation of innovative technology tools within the GSL Classroom collaborations.
- Professors' Type of Contract: Full-time professors will be prioritized to participate in the GSL Classroom initiative.
- Presentation video: Must adhere to the criteria established in the Requirements section of this call and comply to facilitate the search for an international partner.
- Direct Academic Leader Authorization Letter: For purposes of applying in this call, the letter must be signed by the authorizing leader of the Educational Unit in which the GSL Classroom initiative will be implemented. It must contain the name and code of the postulated Educational Unit, the professor’s information, and the autograph signature and information of the direct academic leader.
- Collaboration Commitment Letter: It must contain the name and code of the postulated Educational Unit, as well as the information of the professor and his autographed signature.
- Availability of international academic partners.
- Availability of resources in the Office of the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs. Intended for the necessary accompaniment to ensure the quality of the collaboration.
- Only 100 applications of the Educational Units of the Tec21 model will be selected.
- For professors of continuity:
In addition to the above, they must have complied with the commitments acquired by signing the “Collaboration commitment letter” corresponding to their previous collaborations.
All participants will receive a written notification via email in which the status of their application will be announced. Notification will be made on October 4th, 2023.
The applications that are selected will have the support of the Office of the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs to carry out the professor linking process if necessary, and guidance to successfully integrate the GSL Classroom component into their Educational Units.
Benefits of Participating in GSL Classroom
Those professors who complete their collaboration and have complied with the requirements of GSL Classroom will receive a Certificate of Internationalization issued by the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs and the Vice-Rectory for Faculty Development, which validates the work with international partners and their experience in the model of Global Shared Learning: Classroom.
Likewise, students who meet the GSL Classroom participation criteria will receive a digital badge that recognizes multicultural teamwork in digital environments. For Tec students who receive this badge, the experience will be included in the Internationalization certificate issued at the end of their studies.
- International experience
- Strengthening global learning through cultural exchange
- Development of skills such as intercultural communication, teamwork, and use of technological tools
- Significant learning
- Digital badge
- International experience
- Networking opportunity
- Skill development
- Promotes the achievement of learning objectives
- Supports the development of skills
- Differentiator of Educational Units
- Supports progress in faculty classification
- Boost research and publication opportunities
- Certificate of Participation
- Possibility of applying to GSL Classroom Fund
Deadline for registration to the training course "Guide for the design and implementation of GSL Classroom":
September 2oth, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (MCT) > Sign up here.
Deadline to complete the training course “Guide for the design and implementation of GSL Classroom”:
September 22nd, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (MCT).
Deadline for receiving applications from Educational Units:
September 22nd, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (MCT). > Register your application here.
Informative sessions Call GSL Classroom:
August 31st, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (MCT). > Sign up here.
Notification of selected applications:
October 4th, 2023.
Deadline for changes to the initially proposed Educational Unit:
According to the Academic calendar.
Deadline for registration of GLGC attributes:
According to the Academic calendar.
GLGC Attributes Audit:
To be defined. The Coordination will notify those selected via email.
Frequently Asked Questions
- If I have doubts, can I receive more information before submitting my Educational Unit?
- Yes, you can request more information by sending an email to email@example.com. The GSL Classroom team will receive your request and answer your questions.
- Will I receive a confirmation of receipt of my proposal?
- Yes. The application form provides a confirmation message when the submission is successful.
- If I am a part-time professor, can I participate?
- Yes, all undergraduate professors at Tecnológico de Monterrey can submit their application regardless of their type of contract.
- Does GSL Classroom applies to any particular discipline?
- No. The GSL Classroom is flexible and can be adapted to Educational Units in any discipline.
- If I already have an international partner or peer, can I apply?
- Yes. Having previous contact with an international faculty member to collaborate with facilitates the linking process.
- I am interested in including GSL Classroom in my Educational Unit, but I do not have any contacts in foreign universities. Can you help me find them?
- Yes. Through our international counterparts, current contact networks, and international organizations, we can request information about faculty members with whom to collaborate.
- I do not speak English fluently. Can GSL Classroom be conducted in another language?
- Yes. The important thing is to identify a common language in which participants can communicate. Educational Units can be conducted in Spanish, English, or any other language.
- Is there any incentive for the faculty member who implements GSL Classroom in their Educational Units?
- Yes. A certificate of internationalization is awarded by the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs and the Vice-Rectory of Faculty Development, which validates the work with the international partner, and their experience in the Global Shared Learning: Classroom model. Additionally, being a faculty member who implements the GSL Classroom experience in their Educational Units allows them to apply to the GSL Classroom Fund call for proposals.
- Is it necessary that an agreement already exists or be established with the University to carry out the collaboration?
- The agreement is not a requirement for the presentation of the proposal. Everything related to agreements and contracts is an issue that the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs will attend to through its different departments.
- What are the benefits of including GSL Classroom within an Educational Unit?
- GSL Classroom adds an element of internationalization to the Educational Unit and provides various benefits:
● Flexible and accessible alternative to offer an international experience to students and professors.
● At no additional cost to students.
● Exchange of ideas and opinions among students and among professors from different cultures.
● Supports the development of transversal skills such as:
○ Work in multicultural teams in virtual environments
○ Use of technologies
○ Cross-cultural communication
○ Critical thinking
○ Global Citizenship
● Digital badges for students.
● Certificate of internationalization for Tec and International professors.
● Self-directed training for teachers.
● Advice and support from the GSL Classroom team.
- What are the commitments to include GSL Classroom within a course?
- These commitments are expressed in the Requirements section, as well as in the commitment letter that each professor is required to sign as part of their application.
- What are the commitments of including GSL Classroom within an Educational Unit?
- These commitments are expressed in the section "Global Shared Learning Guidelines: Classroom" of this call, as well as in the Collaboration commitment letter that requires the signature of each professor as part of their application.
- What happens in case of breaching any of the commitments acquired when agreeing to participate in GSL Classroom?
- It is a fundamental requirement to fulfill every one of the commitments to participate in GSL Classroom. In case you don't, The professor will not be able to earn the certificate of internationalization. Issued by the Vice-Rectory for International Affairs. The Educational Unit would lose the GLGC attribute, so the students would not have the opportunity to participate in the international experience, and consequently, they would not receive their digital badge.
- What happens if my application is not selected even though I already have an international partner?
- If the application is not selected, the professor is invited to apply in a new call in the next school term.
- What happens if the postulated Educational Unit is canceled or will not be taught?
- In case of cancellation of the postulated Educational Unit or for some reason beyond the professor it is not possible to give the experience, the Global Shared Learning: Classroom Coordination must be informed of the reasons for the non-opening of the Educational Unit through the check firstname.lastname@example.org. If this happens, if the professor has an alternative Educational Unit, the possibility of implementing GSL Classroom in said Educational Unit will be analyzed, as long as it is viable for collaboration. If you already have an international partner, it is important to notify them of the situation.
- If I want to apply for two or more Educational Units, how do I proceed?
- For those professors new to the GSL Classroom model who have applied for more than one Educational Unit and are selected, only the application that represents the greatest impact on the number of benefited students and whose theme facilitates the search for an international partner will be considered. Those professors who have previously implemented GSL Classroom and want to apply for two or more Educational Units are recommended to contact their Experience Coordinator to analyze the situation and make the most convenient decision.
- What can I do to apply for my Educational Unit if it does not meet the minimum number of students?
- It is possible to collaborate by integrating two or more groups that are taught during the same period (block/subject), either by the same professor or together with another Tec colleague. The groups can be from the same Educational Unit, similar or complementary.
- Can the same collaboration be done with multiple institutions and/or international partners?
- Yes. It is possible to collaborate with several institutions and/or professors. It is suggested that there be only two institutions (Tec de Monterrey + international partner university) for easier coordination. The more institutions participate, the degree of complexity increases; however, it is possible to collaborate taking care of the balance in the number of students from the different institutions for the formation of multicultural teams.
- I teach an Educational Unit with one or more colleagues. Can I apply??
- Yes. All the professors involved in the Educational Units must be aware of and agree with the application. Only one application would be submitted. In the registration of the application, information will be requested from all of them. The requirements mentioned in this call apply to all professors involved (training course "Guide for the design and implementation of GSL Classroom", Collaboration Commitment Letter, among others). Please review the requirements of this call.