How to address scalability, affordability and accessibility to international learning opportunities

In a globalised business world it is becoming increasingly important for graduates to know how to work in global virtual teams and collaborate across technology, cultures and time. A quick and easy way to build these learning experiences is with free apps such as Google Apps. This e-poster will showcase how RMIT University has used Google Apps to design, execute and evaluate collaborative online international learning projects and global work integrated learning (WIL) activities. Quick reference guides and a technology mind map will also be supplied.

Two good practice guides, under development as an extension of the original AIEA-supported Learning and Teaching Across Cultures suite, will also be discussed and workshopped for input into the final guides. These will assist educators to develop international learning experiences for graduate employability.

This e-poster will provide you with assistance for planning, executing and evaluating collaborative online international learning projects and virtual global WIL online activities. Research concerning the need for global skills will be shared along with best practice approaches.

Mrs Sally Parrott

Program Manager

RMIT University

Passionate about developing students’ global skills, Sally is completing a higher degree by research to determine if participation in virtual, global WIL projects can increase tertiary students’ intercultural business communication skills. Sally is the Program Manager of the Advertising and Public Relations programs in the College of Business at RMIT University. She was awarded a global WIL fellowship to expand the development of global WIL projects across the college. Two further grants allowed for the development of a WIL Placement Online Pilot, which connected staff, students and industry through a national online placement hub, and the development of the three-way Virtual Global WIL model, which provides students with the opportunity to coordinate a project across three cultures and time zones, mirroring the manner in which global business operates. Sally was recognised for her work in global WIL with a University Award for Outstanding Impact in Learning and Teaching in 2015.