Verto Education is on a mission to support students to connect to the world, sharpen their minds, and discover themselves by making education abroad a foundational and accessible part of a four-year college education. Verto Education creates unique and affordable international education programs that foster personal growth, academic excellence, and cross-cultural learning. Through Verto, students can study abroad for the first semester or year of their undergraduate career, while still earning college credits to keep them on track to graduate in four years.
Verto offers serious academics, delivered experientially. Courses include hands-on projects, field trips, and community-based learning. We prioritize small classes, individual attention, and strong relationships between faculty and students. Verto courses and credits are endorsed by 46 partner universities, including top 50 academic institutions like Case Western Reserve and William & Mary.
Course Director, International Development
This position combines the roles of Course Director and Field Instructor as this person will both design and deliver the International Development Course for Verto students on our Latin America semester.
Before the semester begins, you will be responsible for the design of the course syllabus, creating course objectives and learning outcomes that align with Verto’s mission and are consistent with the expectations of our school of record, Richard Bland College. You’ll build out high-level lesson plans, assignments, and assessment rubrics in addition to helping with course set-up in Canvas. You’ll work with Verto’s in-country teams to ensure the course content comes alive in the location(s) where the course is offered. You may help to hire an additional field instructor(s) for this course.
In early February, you will help train and prepare the other field instructor(s) for your course. During the semester, which begins February 22, 2021, you will teach the course to two cohorts of students for 4-weeks at a time. Each cohort meets 10 hours a week, which includes in-class instruction and experiential learning outside of the classroom. Working with our in-country partners, you’ll help bring the course content to life for students through hands-on projects, meetings with expert guest speakers, and community-based initiatives.
You’ll also meet remotely with the other instructor who will also be in the field with students, ensuring they have what they need to be successful. You’ll provide instructor feedback and coaching. It is your responsibility to ensure the course is delivered consistently across instructors.
International development as a sector claims it is creating a better world. In this course, students examine a wide range of development theorists from around the world. By interrogating each author’s assumptions, the class aims to understand the underlying values of various approaches to development. Throughout, the class will reflect on how each author defines and pursues justice, equity, and sustainability in their theory and work. We’ll pay particular attention to how culture and positionality influences perspective and values.
This course takes place in a 4- week intensive block while students are in Costa Rica on the Costa Rica & Domincan Republic Semester. There is an existing syllabus for this course that would benefit from some revisions and deeper contextualization to the program experience.
*This is a requirement of our school of record and there will be no exceptions.
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