MiamiConnects: Virtual Global Learning

Virtual Global Learning projects unite students from all over the world by partnering faculty from international institutions. Two or more faculty work together to develop a module, course, or program that transcends borders and provide a common learning experience for students worldwide. Virtual Global Learning projects typically involve digital technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Learn more about one type of virtual global learning in this video from Florida International University’s Global Learning Office.

How Do International Educators Define Virtual Global Learning?

Watch this short video to learn how Florida International University describes virtual global learning.

Virtual Global Learning Methods

  • Connect a class virtually to a class at a partner institution abroad that has similar content or can help explore the place(s). This could include guest lectures from professors at the partner institution, videos of local events or places produced by students at the partner institution, or video tours of significant sites in the partner country. Miami students can reciprocate with content from our campus and community.
  • Connect classes from different disciplines by developing joint projects. This can be as small as requiring that students get into small groups to have scheduled conversations with their peers abroad and write reflective essays about those interactions, or as large as having the students work in small groups on an extended course project (e.g., writing a small business proposal together, identifying a social problem across their borders and composing a report suggesting a solution, etc.).
  • Combine these two, with smaller focused projects and some content originating from abroad.

MiamiConnects: Virtual Global Learning at Miami

Dr. Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies, incorporates innovative online interactions in her classrooms to encourage informal and organic international encounters for her students. Recently, she collaborated with Dr. Susana Sosenski at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and Dr. Sonia Robles at Mexico City's Universidad Panamericana. For certain classes she arranged for her students to engage directly online with university students from Mexico City.

Read more: Elena Albarrán named CAS Distinguished Educator for 2020 for her innovative teaching methods in history, Latin American studies, and Spanish

Dr. Rodney Coates, professor of Global and Intercultural Studies, developed GIC 487A: Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights to explore theories, debates, and pedagogy associated with these issues. The course incorporates remote interactions with students in Italy, England, Russia, Canada and Spain to expose students to diverse perspectives. Through collaborative projects with peers around the world, students reflect on how globalization shapes and transforms local communities and national cultures.

Dr. Daniel E. Hall, Professor of Justice and Community Studies, Political Science, and Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University and Visiting Professor of Law at Sun Yat-sen University in China, incorporates both real time and asynchronous class discussions and collaborative projects between Miami students in CJS 451, Comparative Justice Systems, and criminal law students at Sun Yat-sen University. Through these efforts, students examine the role history, culture, economics, and politics play in informing a person's understanding of justice and in the organization and operation of justice systems.

Virtual Global Learning Resources

Expanding Access to Global Experiences through Collaborative Online International Learning (Recorded Aug. 7, 2020 | 39:53)

This recorded webinar familiarizes you with a variety of virtual global learning methods, strategizes how you can incorporate global learning in your course, and explains how Miami can help you identify a global partner!

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