Transnational Education and Community Health Collaborative (Teach CoLab) was established in 2017 between universities based on the West Coast of the US and South East of Ireland.
Mission Statement: Affiliates work collectively to address complex problems affecting population health through innovative community-engaged methods of inquiry, digital technologies and innovative pedagogy to prepare emerging health professionals to practice in a diverse and global society.
The following impacts, as defined in “Engaged Research: Society and Higher Education Addressing Grand Societal Challenges Together,” will be realized through the TEACH CoLab:
1.Health and wellbeing impact: Work alongside health partners to tackle real world health and wellbeing issues. [For example, one course delivered in this international classroom will develop health communication materials with and for US and Irish community health partners working to improve health equity.]
- Policy/Product impact: Revise educational curricula, informed by new knowledge, involving staff across multiple academic disciplines. Staff in the 3 institutions will share their skills in innovative teaching methodologies, specifically COIL, experiential learning and video stories.
- Professional or Public services impact: Increase inter-agency collaboration between academic, community and health sectors both within and between countries.
- Social or Cultural impact: Build greater awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the individual and the public in contributing to solving social challenges, and greater opportunities to gain a global perspective, using creative approaches.
- Capacity building impact: Improve relevancy of educational curricula to real world issues, increased levels of engagement of members of community based organizations with research based practice, and further funding leveraged.
- Transnational Education impact: Strengthen national partnerships (WIT and IT Carlow) and international partnerships. Improve international reputation for universities engaged research and teaching; new connections to international leveraging of international funding through collaborative engaged research and teaching, and increased global social responsibility, and cultural awareness.
- Connected Learning and Teaching impact: Share best practices, examples and resources with the broader public on using transnational strategies for global learning and health promotion practice through the TEACH Collaborative website, by way of scholarly publications, presentations, reports, white papers, videos, etc.
- Mentoring and Scholarship impact: Mentor students interested in conducting transnational research relating to innovative strategies that improve population health and/or global learning.