Welcome to the Marco Polo Collaboration: a Global Teaching Tool

A project of Temple University's Globalization Teaching Circle, meeting during the 2008-09 academic year.

Globalization Teaching Tools

This site is an 'under construction' online resource for university instructors who teach about globalization. It is meant to provide access to a collection of 'teaching tools' identified by our group members or contributed by other academics. By teaching tools we mean materials or exercises that instructors can use in the classroom to help promote learning about some aspect of globalization. These 'tools' could range from in-class assignments that instructors have found useful, to discussion guides, video or audio files, or statistical resources. For each, we want to provide associated teaching tips. And start adding...

We envisage a cross between an online library (with items stored on pages hosted here) and a guide to other material (linked through the Web). We're also experimenting with social bookmarking (as offered by Delicious.com). We are working initially in this 'wiki' format for reasons of graphical simplicity and ease of editing. At some point we want to transform the wiki you're reading into a website with more appealing graphical characteristics.

The value we bring is in (i) locating and collecting useful material and (ii) in organizing it in ways that instructors will find useful, chiefly by 'tagging' each item with keywords that can be easily searched. These keywords or tags tell instructors what the item is, what it's about, when it might be useful, what media is involved (if any), and so on. Hopefully by cross-referencing keywords, you will what you need when you need it.

Currently we are experimenting with two approaches:

  1. A website composed of pages that function like 'index cards' or 'records' in a database for each teaching tool or item. For each item we would describe how it could be used, who contributed it, and so on. The items are 'tagged' with keywords that encapsulate the information (telling the reader, for example that it is a 'simulation' about 'world trade'). These pages are based on a template (hosted here) with fields for data entry. The pages then link to an off-site resource or to a file (hosted here) with the actual resource (for example, a pdf file of a handout).
  2. A set of online bookmarks(tags) that are hosted at delicious.com. These will, in time grow as members of the teaching community bookmark (tag) items on the web that can be used in teaching about globaliztion. The tags encapsulate the same information about each item (for example if it's an 'in class discussion topic' about 'world finance'). These tags are visible through the Delicious website and others can add items and tag them easily. This is a dispersed, community based approach to gathering information. It is discussed at greater length here.

Global Learning Goals

The site is informed by the global learning goals agreed by our Teaching Circle, including a set of knowledge, attitudes and practices. This was a lengthy process whereby we brought our various disciplinary, theoretical, and ideological concerns to bear on what students should be learning. The process is discussed here.

About our group

We met at Temple University's Teaching and Learning Center during the 2008-9 academic year. You'll find information about us as individuals here.

Other resources

Suggested reading material on teaching globalization.