WHAT IS A GLOBAL CLASS?
"persistent collective learning expanded human skills and enlarged our numbers, wealth, and power
across the ages"
William H. McNeill, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Chicago
Author of The Human Web and The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community (National Book Award winner)
A global class is an interactive, high-definition, livestreamed class between people from different parts of the world. A common topic is chosen and resources are posted in advance of the class. In the live face-to-face class, a brief presentation is given and participants explore the topic through discussion and activities guided by the class host. Livestream viewers can tweet in. After the class, individual and group assignments can be posted. A global class allows for an open exploration of shared interests and concerns free of outside influence and geographic boundaries. Participants interact with provocative thinkers and doers, meet people from varied backgrounds, exchange resources, and learn from one another. The experience offers a better understanding of our societies and ourselves in complex ”glocal" times. The classes are free and open to everyone.
HOW TO JOIN:
If you would like to participate in a global class or organize your own, please email Lon.Appleby@durhamcollege.ca
STUDENT FEEDBACK ABOUT THE GLOBAL CLASS:
“Time flies when you are learning! For the first time in a long time I haven’t been bored out of my mind with class discussions and lectures… We may live in different countries, practice different religions, follow different ways of life, but we are all affected by the planet we live on and we all share its resources and its fate… I loved every minute of the classes… Thank you!” Lindsay Unwin, Durham College, Canada
“From learning about the origins of human beings to hearing about important events in the news, I have found this class has taught me several things and intrigued my mind to really think about what’s to come and what’s out there. Nothing is more interesting than our species and the developments we have made throughout the years.” Matthew Budgell, Durham College, Canada
“I really enjoyed the class. It was useful and interesting to talk to the filmmakers of the movie we watched beforehand and to have this contact with the filmmakers, to know about the real thoughts they had while doing the movie. And I also think that the interaction between the classes is something very useful. In the future, it’s something we should explore, this debate and this contact between the classes. It was really interesting.” Breno Carloslima, Mahindra United World College, India
"Thank you for doing this Global Class! It is something that should have been brought to education a long time ago. Acknowledgement and a collective mind is what sparks change. What’s that saying? ‘Persistent collective learning?’” Bailey Corneal, Durham College, Canada
“The Global Class is a great idea that brings cultures from around the world together to share insight, information, and facts about each other’s culture, countries, etc. It’s a great tool for sharing views on certain topics and to broaden others’ knowledge of global issues, cultures, and world views. It’s great to participate in The Global Class because it allows for more than a classroom of collective learning, but a virtual global collective learning.” Tyler Clark
“It truly was an experience I will never forget. Being able to converse with such a different amount of people coming from so many different backgrounds was just phenomenal.” Alexander Dotzko, Durham College, Canada
“We were using everyday technology… to connect with people around the world. We were all there for the same purpose: education. We were not only learning about the documentary, but about other cultures as well. To me, this was both exciting and new. The guest, the director of the documentary, was a really smart guy who gave a lot of thought into things, and it was really cool listening to him giving an explanation of his work.” Nicholas D’Ingillo, Durham College, Canada
“The Global Class was a really interesting experience and is an excellent idea that I’m sure will grow to be extremely big over the next few years. It was very intriguing to be able to sit in our classroom and have discussions with Korea, India, and the guest. It allows us to get perspective on the topics from all over the world instantly and the ability to debate opinions or bounce ideas off each other. I feel that The Global Class is something more students should experience as it is truly something that can shift your perspective on a lot of things in a positive way.” John Stewart, Durham College, Canada
“I found this course opened up my heart and mind… It is my sincere hope that everyone at… colleges and universities around the world get to experience a course like this one.” Amanda Duke, Durham College, Canada
“I have five classes a week, which averages to about nine different classrooms. But there's this one class with a completely different atmosphere about it. It's unlike any classroom I've been in before…. Most of the classrooms I had previously been in felt sterile, like a hospital almost. It’s always really bothered me about school. But it’s like a whole other world in there…. I go home feeling like I have actually really learned something. My mind is overflowing with all these abstract ideas. Thinking about the first humans to walk the earth. It’s unbelievable…. I know I am not the only one who feels it. I have brought it up to a few other people who agree as well.” Felicity Franklin, Durham College, Canada
“I am going to miss this class – coming to class each week to sit in and participate in an invigorating discussion with peers about the world’s past, present, and future. There is much more I could add to a list of what I have learned from this class… It is so refreshing to have a class that I enjoy attending because of its ability to teach me… about the world was a whole.”
“I have come to realize the importance of what it means to be human.” Michel Smith, Durham College, Canada
“I’ve never had an experience like this.” Joshua Glover, Durham College, Canada
“I love that global class.” Jigar Patel, Durham College, Canada
THE GLOBAL CLASS: A NEW MODEL FOR EDUCATION - LON APPLEBY AT TEDxTrentUniversity
"The age of discovery has hardly begun."
Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity
Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity