1. To develop and carry out an individualized learning plan.
2. To be more responsible, independent and directed in your learning.
3. To generate a statement on what it means to be a global citizen and to engage in a self-reflective process toward becoming a global citizen.
When given the opportunity to develop a learning contract, students can become more responsible and directed in their learning and potentially more enthusiastic about a specific course. This tool provides professors with a basic contract format that is preferably negotiated at the start of the course and prior to the international travel component. The learning contract has been organized around the two primary focus areas: Global Citizenship and Enhanced Academic Achievement. Specific objectives can be tailored to a particular discipline and destination.
The learning contract is to be submitted in two phases.
1. Students submit the signed learning contract within three weeks of the start of the course.
2. By a specified date toward the end of the course, the students are to submit, a.) a reflection on the progress made toward each learning objective, and b.) a one-page revision of that statement of their statement on what it means to be a global citizen and their self-assessment based on this statement. Students should not be evaluated on whether or not they’ve achieved their goals, but on the effort toward realizing them.
Approximately 30-40 minutes required for explanation of assignment (pre-departure). Additional time needed for individual meetings with students.