Transformational Learning Through Shifting Global Perspectives

The Impact of COVID-19 on a Global Classroom in the U.S. and Liberia




Global Classroom, Experiential Learning, Agricultural Extension, Higher Education, COVID-19


The Global Classroom Model (GCM) is a project-based, cross-cultural, and virtual course conducted in partnership between institutions of higher education. Instructors at the University of Maryland (UMD) and the Liberia International Christian College (LICC) co-developed and co-instructed a novel and innovative Global Agriculture iteration of the Global Classroom (GC) course and collected data from students (n= 46) and stakeholders (n=18) through 2019, 2020, and 2021. This research used mixed-method pre/post interviews to address changes in attitudes, aspirations, and perceptions, and to better understand student experiences in global education. Students reported an increase in technical skills, “global perspective,” and feelings of “empowerment” through being able to work internationally on community-driven activities. This longitudinal study illuminates the impact of COVID-19 on a unique global learning experience, and highlights the broader opportunities and challenges found in designing truly collaborative global learning while also providing insights for practical implementation.

Author Biographies

Taryn Devereux, University of Maryland

TARYN DEVEREUX, M.S., is a Senior Faculty Specialist Position in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, Maryland, USA. She is the Technical Program Manager for the NASA Harvest Africa program, and an Affiliate Instructor for the UMD Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. She received her Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice, focusing on gender and sustainable agriculture, from the University of Florida. Her major research interests include global learning, institutional capacity building, women and youth centered extension, food security and climate change. Email:

Anna Glenn, Liberia International Christian College

ANNA GLENN, M.S. is an Instructor and the Chair of the Agriculture Department at the Liberia International Christian College (LICC) in Ganta, Liberia. She received her Master’s in Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication from Texas A&M University. Her major research interests are higher education research, global competencies, agricultural extension, and international development. Email: 


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How to Cite

Devereux, T., & Glenn, A. . (2022). Transformational Learning Through Shifting Global Perspectives: The Impact of COVID-19 on a Global Classroom in the U.S. and Liberia. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 96–115.

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