Border-Free Georgia College

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What is Border-Free education at Georgia College?

Border-Free education at Georgia College leverages the online environment to extend international opportunities to more - to all - GC students, faculty and staff.

  • “Border” is understood here not only in the sense of a boundary separating geographical entities, but also in the sense of a barrier to be surpassed or, ideally, eliminated.

Conceiving of education in a border-free way makes it possible for all GC students - and faculty and staff - to benefit from international education and to acquire international experience.

  • GC's International Education Center is currently exploring border-free opportunities with partner universities and providers on five continents.

Emerging Categories/Opportunities

Border-Free Study Abroad: Program directors develop opportunities based upon learning outcomes and utilize technology to connect students with international content and experiences, plus experts, organizations, and political and community leaders.  

  • Such programs must follow standard guidelines for academic integrity and cultural sensitivity, plus follow fiscal protocols and best practices for online health and safety. 
  • Proposals are submitted to the International Education Center following departmental and college approvals.  Instructions and online resources forthcoming.

Border-Free Classroom: Faculty may incorporate any level of internationalization into their classes, from a single guest lecturer abroad, to ongoing conversations and group projects among students here and overseas, and even co-taught/co-coordinated and co-attended courses.  The latter are particularly effective when mixed teams of students collaborate on projects and co-present.

  • Simple classroom endeavors should be coordinated through the faculty member’s home department and – for internal and USG tracking purposes- with BANNER course coding requirements included.  Instructions and resources forthcoming.  
  • Co-taught courses (and similar) must be coordinated through the faculty member’s home department and school, plus Academic Affairs and the International Education Center.  Details forthcoming.

Border-Free Academic Programming: These outside-of-the-classroom learning opportunities open the conversation to a larger audience, expanding beyond one class or even a group of classes.  

  • Topics may be interdisciplinary in nature and incorporate participants from multiple institutions or organizations, plus they may be one-time or ongoing collaborations.  Resources and registries (etc.) forthcoming.

Border-Free Student Development: These opportunities allow students to connect with other students abroad in a more social and easy-going manner or atmosphere.  

  • Connecting non-academic student groups with similar groups abroad allows students to develop and practice intercultural communication, plus problem-finding/problem-solving, and teamwork skills while also developing networks and fostering friendship and camaraderie around the world.  Resources, registry and other information forthcoming.
  • Example: The GC International Club is already collaborating electronically with a similar organization in Hong Kong.

Border-Free Faculty and Staff Professional Development: Connect with colleagues abroad to explore in-depth topics of interest or concern, and find out what others have done, are doing – and what they think – plus share opinions and solutions from the GC side.  Resources, registry, and other information forthcoming.

  • Whether it’s the pursuit of collaborative research or cross-cultural perspectives on day-to-day tasks, this is a great way to evolve, grow, and expand knowledge, plus gain valuable insight and solutions.

Border-Free has been developed to more easily put the world at the finger-tips of the Georgia College community.  The International Education Center is happy to assist faculty, students and staff in connecting with colleagues at our exchange partners and elsewhere, and to other professional contacts throughout the world.  

  • For more information about this exciting, innovative, and award-winning initiative, or if you have any questions, - or related ideas or needs not covered by the above - contact the International Education Center.