Global Student Leadership Summit Sample Online Course Syllabus from 2015

Learning Outcomes:

  • Through structured opportunities for personal introductions, discussions and sharing, participants will build interpersonal networks within the group, develop community, and receive an overall orientation to the GSLS experience.
  • From cross-cultural perspectives, participants will broaden their understanding of concepts that can characterize effective leadership, 
  • Participants will enhance their individual capacity to understand and appreciate cultural differences in ways that will foster respect and healthy leadership dialogue among GSLS participants.
  • Participants will be able to identify and articulate their individual talents, how they can be transformed into strengths, and how they can be incorporated into their lives as leaders.

Course Outline:

Each week, we will focus on one or two topics - and as we go, we will provide clear guidance for the tasks and discussions we will work on during the course:

Week 1 (Week of Jan 12):

Participation in the Introduction discussion board, provide an overview of the GSLS and discuss impressions from Simon Sinek's short talk entitled "Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe."

Week 2 (Week of Jan 19):

Provide directions on how to complete the StrengthsQuest inventory, summary discussion on participant reflections on Sinek's video, and begin discussion intercultural competence.

Week 3 (Week of Jan 26):

Provide an overview of "strategic plans:"  what they are, what does it do and not do, why they are important to universities, and brief overgrew and reflection of Webster University's new Strategic Plan.

Week 4 (Week of Feb 2):

More in-depth explanation and discussion of key features and themes within Webster University's new Strategic Plan and begin discussion about the components on which student leaders can be most influential. 

Week 5 (Week of Feb 9):

Provide an overview of the small group presentation component Summit in March, announce small Presentation Work Groups (PWGs), and provide presentation parameters.

Week 6 (Week of Feb 16): 

Work with the Presentation Work Groups (PWGs) to narrow to presentation topics and provide resources and staff advisors.

Week 7 (Week of Feb 23):

Video/discussion on how PWGs can make effective and powerful presentations and discuss the audience to whom presentations will be made in March at the Summit.

Week 8 (Week of March 2):

Brief on-line course reflection, preview Summit schedule and details, pack your bags, board the plane/bus/car, and come to St. Louis!