Globally Networked Learning

Global Fluency of Students and Instructors

Challenging participants to engage complex and intercultural problem-solving

Innovation and Open Pedagogy

Encouraging digital literacy and production. Creating innovative knowledge-making practices across cultures.

Student-Centred Teaching and Learning

Prioritizing experiential learning and collaboration.

Globally networked learning (GNL) refers to an approach to research, learning, and teaching that enables students, faculty, and non-academic researchers from different locations around the world to participate in, and collaborate on, knowledge-making processes and concrete research projects.

With the aid of various forms of technology – including but not limited to, learning management systems, video conferencing software and hardware, cloud computing and social media – they are brought together in a consortium to collaborate on projects that bring together the diverse perspectives of participants to produce a richer, more nuanced, understanding of the issue(s) at hand. A GNL project might entail or produce cross-cultural discussion on a particular course concept, a joint lecture over multiple time zones, a shared assignment, or a collaborative research project, among other possibilities.


Click on each event to read a brief description, how to register, and review the presentation slides and recordings from the past events.

Nov. 9 and 16, 2020: Drop-in Consultations

Dates: November 9 & 16, 2020 at 10:00AM ET

Are you a York University faculty member or Partner who is interested in student-centered learning and open pedagogy? Are you planning to develop and mount a GNL course? We are excited that are you planning to engage in a GNL-enhanced course this year and we would love to support you!

To prepare for this Drop-In session, we invite you to review the following resources before attending:

Aug. 7, 2020: Faculty Workshop: The How-to's of the GNL Approach

At this workshop, the GNL team and York International will provide in-depth and hands-on guidance to help York University faculty members and Partners bring Global Perspectives and Cross-Cultural Discussion into existing courses.

Some of these how-to’s include:

  • How to Choose and Build Partnerships to Integrate the GNL Approach
  • How to Identify and Integrate GNL-Enhanced Course Activities

Missed the Workshop?

July 14, 2020: 2020-21 GNL Webinar Launch

GNL pedagogy supports student-centered learning and teaching for the 21st century university. It supports the development of global competencies – among students and instructors – required to adapt, thrive, and succeed in becoming global citizens engaged in complex, intercultural problem solving. As a form of experiential education that transcends borders, the promise of GNL can be reinforced through open pedagogy, development of digital literacy and production, and other forms of innovative knowledge-making practices across cultures

GNL Webinar Slides

GNL Launch Recording - July 14

More Resources for Faculty Members:

Get Involved in the York-GNL Initiative