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    What is the Global Challenges Course?

    Global ChallengesGlobal Challenges is an exciting national blended learning course made possible by the collaborative efforts of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) American Democracy Project (ADP) and the 15 Global Engagement Scholars in it's Global Engagement Initiative. The seven global challenges (population, resources, technology, information, economies, conflict, and governance) addressed in the course are based on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ 7 Revolutions framework. This hybrid online and in-person course is intended to help educate globally competent citizens.   
    You'll find more information about the Global Challenges Course here.

    Why Teach Global Challenges at Your University?

    There are many reasons to add a Global Challenges course to your campus curriculum or as a unit in an existing course you teach:

    For Your University 

    • Energize your campus’ commitment to global citizenship and internationalization
    • Enhance your first-year experience, capstone or honors program

      For Your Faculty 

    • Experience the stimulating collaborative environment of working with colleagues across campuses and disciplines toward common interdisciplinary learning objective
    • Teach an exciting curriculum that is framed by the research of one of the world’s leading non-partisan public policy think tanks and supported by one of the world’s premier newspapers
    • Experiment with cutting edge models for blended learning environments 

      For Your Students 

    • Encourage your students to think more deeply and critically about international and public policy issues.
    • Challenge students to consider the current and future implications of the course's seven Global Challenges in their personal and professional lives.

    How does Global Challenges work?

    This course uses a variety of teaching methods to deliver and facilitate the classroom materials and activities.

    The Global Challenges course is delivered through a variety of course management systems. 

    As a faculty member, you can use the system to upload your own syllabi; use discussion forums, wikis and blog features, assign students into work groups, access stunning content and much more.

    Faculty Support

    As the Global Challenges course instructor, you will have access to a ready-made course shell, complete with:

    • Sample syllabus
    • Learning objectives
    • Lesson modules
    • Quizzes/exams
    • Assignments
    • Service learning activities
    • Assessment tools
    • Faculty/teaching toolkit
    • Fact sheets
    • Student guide
    • A powerful course introduction video
    • Videos of content experts introducing each revolution

    You will have the freedom to then customize the course shell and alter materials to best suit your particular course’s objectives and needs.

    In addition, you will receive full access to a web collaborative designed especially for instructors. It will have additional features to help you prepare for this exciting course and get help along the way, such as:

    • Webinars
    • Shared resources
    • Discussion boards
    • Opportunity to consult with ADP/AASCU's Global Engagement Scholars

    Global Challenges Online Resources


      • Instead of a required text, students have access to the course multimedia resources for an introductory $50 fee.
      • Once a faculty member registers to teach the course, he or she will have access to the student and faculty toolkits and other course materials, as well as the web collaborative.

      The Global Challenges Course Partners

      As a partnership between AASCU's American Democracy Project, the Global Engagement Initiative and its Scholars from twelve AASCU campuses, this initiative provides participating institutions a fully developed course that can be taught face-to-face or online, including ample faculty resource materials. Ground work for this course was developed in collaboration with staff at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and its Seven Revolutions project. The course comes with a digital subscription to The New York Times.

      What are the seven Global Challenges?

      The Global Challenges course emerged out of a five-year partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). CSIS created their Seven Revolutions framework in 1992 as a research and education effort to study the most important trends likely to impact the world over the next 30 years, embodying both opportunities and risks ahead and transforming the way we live and interact with others. The seven Global Challenges address in this course emerge from the Seven Revolutions and include:

      7Revs Population iconPopulation
      What effects will population growth/decline, aging, migration and urbanization have on our future world?

      7Revs Resource iconResources
      What changes will we see in food, water and energy consumption/production?

      7Revs Technology iconTechnology
      What changes are we going to see in computation, robotics, biotechnology and nanotechnology?

      7Revs Knowledge iconInformation
      How does the vast amount of data change how we learn and govern in the future?

      7Revs Economic iconEconomies
      How is our economic landscape changing?

      7Revs Security iconConflict
      How do we cope with a post-9/11 world? Is there a new paradigm?

      7Revs Governance iconGovernance
      What is the role of leaders, corporations and NGO’s in this new environment?

      Contact Us

      Shala Mills, Global Challenges National Course Coordinator
      Fort Hays State University
      Email: GlobalChallenges@fhsu.edu