Teaching for Global Competence FAQs

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Our Courses

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions about the courses in our Teaching for Global Competence series. Have a question that's not answered here? Please contact us.

What makes this different from other global education programs for educators?

There are a few reasons why our Teaching for Global Competence courses are unique, including:

  • Flexibility. Our learner-paced courses are kept to an affordable and manageable one-hour length. You can sign up for any course, in any order, and begin at any time. Additionally, you can download all resources for future use.
  • Immediate and relevant applicability. You can immediately take what you've learned and apply it to your classroom or program. Courses include tools, activities, best practices, and other resources for use in the classroom and in out-of-school time programs.
  • High-quality, evidence-based content. The Center for Global Education has been a leader in global competence education for more than a decade and has developed the preeminent teacher training program on educating for global competence, on which these courses are based. We designed these online courses to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the OECD PISA 2018 Global Competence exam.

What technology do I need to take the courses?

You may participate in the courses using a computer, mobile device, or tablet. Technical specifications can be found below:

Computer Specifications

Use a computer 5 years old or newer that includes an updated web browser and pdf reader.

Tablet/Mobile Device Specifications

If you want to view Canvas on a tablet or mobile device, it is recommended that you use the Canvas Student mobile app, available for both Apple and Android. You can access the courses without downloading the app, but it will not be as good as an experience.


Are the courses asynchronous (meaning there is no scheduled time where everyone has to log in at the same time)?

Yes, the courses are asynchronous. You can take them at your own pace, at a time that is convenient for you.


Is someone available to answer questions, or are there opportunities for discussions with other participants?

Each course links to our online community of practice, where participants can post questions for each other and engage in collaborative discussions. If participants have technical questions or other questions for the Center for Global Education or Arizona State University, our help email is: CGEhelp@asu.edu.


I've taken the courses and want more. Do you have additional resources beyond the courses?

The courses are full of useful resources, but you can also find great information on teaching for global competence on the Center for Global Education at Asia Society website. You can also sign up for monthly resource newsletters from the Center for Global Education.


Is there a course sequence you recommend?

The Teaching for Global Competence courses are designed to be flexible and fit your schedule and professional development goals; as such, they can be taken in any order, at any pace. Icons located within each course description indicate which audience(s) the courses were designed for: classroom teachers, out-of-school time educators, and/or school leaders.


Can I earn credit or CEUs for these courses?

Professional development requirements for educators vary across countries, states, districts, schools, and organizations. Participants who complete each course in the Teaching for Global Competence program will receive a 1.0 clock hour professional development certificate issued by Arizona State University and Asia Society that may be applied toward Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or other relevant requirements. We encourage educators to review their local policies and requirements to learn if the certificate will be accepted by their authorities. The downloadable coaching guide provided with each of our course descriptions may be helpful when seeking approval for credentialing or funding. We are not able to offer graduate credit for these courses.


Where do I access my Professional Development Certificate?

Upon successful completion of our courses, a link to your certificate will automatically be emailed to you. If you do not receive the email, be sure to check your spam and clutter folders. You can also access your certificates from My Dashboard on the Canvas Catalog page. Once there, you will click on on Completed Courses from where you can view your certificate in your web browser or download the certificate.


Do you have plans to translate these courses into other languages?

We are actively looking for partners in countries outside the United States who can work with us to contextualize the courses and provide access to educators locally. These may include national ministries or local education authorities, non-profit organizations, and/or education companies. If you have a suggestion for a local partner in your country or would like to discuss partnership with us, please contact Kate Kemeklis, Associate Director of Partnerships, at kkemeklis@asiasociety.org.


Are discounts available?

Yes, bulk discounts are available for schools or education organizations purchasing on behalf of 25 teachers or more. To find out more, please contact Kate Kemeklis, Associate Director of Partnerships, at kkemeklis@asiasociety.org.


A course I am interested in ends very soon. Will it be available again? When?

While we close all courses on a quarterly basis for revisions (courses close the last business day of each quarter at 4pm Pacific Time), we open all courses again at the start of each quarter (courses open the first business day of each quarter at 10am Pacific Time). Course open and close dates are clearly marked on each course listing. Course enrollments do not roll over from one quarter to the next—if you do not complete a course by the end of a quarter, you will have to enroll in that course again the next quarter.


I registered for a course but did not complete it prior to the end date. I see the same course is still in your catalog with a different start and end date; however, I am unable to access the course—it is asking me to register again. How do I get in?

While we close all courses on a quarterly basis for revisions (courses close the last business day of each quarter at 4pm Pacific Time), we open all courses again at the start of each quarter (courses open the first business day of each quarter at 10 a.m. Pacific Time). Course open and close dates are clearly marked on each course listing. Course enrollments do not roll over from one quarter to the next—if you do not complete a course by the end of a quarter, you will have to enroll in that course again the next quarter.


Are course materials and documents available after the course close date?

Once the course closes, you won't be able to re-enter the course to access the materials. It's good practice, as you proceed through the course, to take a moment to download course materials and bookmark links so you'll have permanent access to them even after the course ends.

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