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Professional learning through collaborative online international learning.

Swartz, Stephanie; Barbosa, Belem; Crawford, Izzy; Luck, Susan

Authors

Stephanie Swartz

Belem Barbosa

Susan Luck



Contributors

Luis Gómez Chova
Editor

A. López Martínez
Editor

I. Candel Torres
Editor

Abstract

Collaborative online international learning (COIL) presents relevant opportunities for innovation in the teaching-learning process. Global virtual teams (GVTs) activities provide a very broad set of advantages, including the development of soft skills. In addition to enhancing business communication skills, the learning outcomes from these activities indicate an increase in intercultural competencies, virtual teamwork and project management skills. COIL projects are helpful in achieving these goals while offering instructors the opportunity to develop as global educators. Thus, the benefits of COIL are not reserved for students, but rather positively impact instructors through the exchange with colleagues from diverse institutions, backgrounds, pedagogies and practices. Instructors thereby gain global understanding which they can impart to their students and use to help facilitate intercultural curricula at their institutions. Engaging in GVTs projects means intense collaboration and agreement between faculty on assignments, deadlines, assessment and learning outcomes. This, in turn, forces instructors to reevaluate their own values and methods of work. This paper describes several COIL projects that were carried out by instructors, together with their students, from four universities in the USA and Europe over the course of several years. These instructors increased their own professional learning experience by overcoming technological, institutional and cultural differences. It is the hope of this study to encourage faculty and colleagues to engage in and facilitate the use of COIL projects as part of a larger endeavor to internationalize higher education.

Citation

SWARTZ, S., BARBOSA, B., CRAWFORD, I. and LUCK, S. 2020. Professional learning through collaborative online international learning. In Gómez Chova, L., López Martínez, A. and Candel Torres, I. (eds.) Proceedings of the 12th International conference on education and new learning technologies (EDULEARN20), 6-7 July 2020, [virtual conference]. Valencia: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED) [online], pages 3564-3571. Available from: https://doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2020.0997

Conference Name 12th International conference on education and new learning technologies (EDULEARN20)
Start Date Jul 6, 2020
End Date Jul 7, 2020
Acceptance Date Apr 8, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 6, 2020
Publication Date Jul 31, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 20, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jul 23, 2020
Publisher IATED International Academy of Technology, Education and Development
Pages 3564-3571
Series Title EDULEARN proceedings
Series ISSN 2340-1117
ISBN 9788409179794
DOI https://doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2020.0997
Keywords Online learning; Collaborative learning; International collaboration in education; Global virtual teams; Online learning environments; Global learning environments; Professional learning; Internationalisation of higher education
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/950308

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