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Global@Home Toolkit: Bringing Global Perspective to the Classroom

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Webinar Recording

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The Global@Home: Bringing Global Perspective to the Classroom was presented on June 18, 2020 by the Global Education Office and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The presentation slides are provided below.


Faculty Video Spotlights

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Alan Abrahams, Business Information Technology

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) with Singapore Management University

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Herbert Bruce, Food Science and Technology

Applied Malting and Brewing Science; Study abroad with TU Munich; First-Year Experience

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Suchitra Samanta, Sociology

Women and Gender Studies; Curriculum Globalization Grantee


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Deborah Good, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Metabolic Nutrition; Nutritional Genomics

Global Teaching & Learning Resources

AAC&U Global Learning addresses diversity, global engagement, and social responsibility as compelling educational and institutional priorities that help students and campuses engage the social, civic, and economic challenges of a diverse and unequal world.

The Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. The Forum develops and disseminates comprehensive standards of good practice, resources and training; advocates for education abroad and its value; and engages the field in critical dialogue to benefit students

NAFSA Association for International Educators is world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world today and for generations to come.

CILMAR promotes and facilitates intercultural learning at Purdue and beyond.

See below for curated collections within the hubICL:

IFCCTL is an organization committed to promoting more effective cross-cultural teaching and learning through workshops and webinars.

  • Intercultural Competence Development through Education Abroad Summer 2020 webinar series

True North Intercultural provides training, tools, and support to empower faculty, staff, and institutions of higher education to more effectively and appropriately navigate cultural differences and help students learn and grow through intercultural learning experiences.        

Diversity Abroad is the leading professional consortium of educational institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusive good practices that increase access, achieve equitable diversity, and foster inclusive excellence in global educati

Existing Research on Virtual Exchange/High Impact Practices in Online Education

  • Linder, K. E., & Hayes, C. M. (2018). High-Impact Practices in Online Education: Research and Best Practices. Stylus Publishing LLC.

  • O'Dowd, R. (Ed.), Lewis, T. (Ed.). (2016). Online Intercultural Exchange. New York: Routledge,

  • Landorf, H., Doscher, S., Hardrick, J., & Musil, C. M. (2018). Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students: Vol. First edition. Stylus Publishing.

  • Schultheis Moore, A. (Ed.), Simon, S. (Ed.). (2015). Globally Networked Teaching in the Humanities. New York: Routledge,

  • Wihlborg, M., Friberg, E. E., Rose, K. M., & Eastham, L. (2018). Facilitating learning through an international virtual collaborative practice: A case study. NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, 61, 3–8.

  • Bruhn, E. (2017). Towards A Framework For Virtual Internationalization. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, 32(1), 1.

  • Appiah-Kubi, P., & Annan, E. (2020). A Review of a Collaborative Online International Learning. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, 10(1), 109–124.

  • Marcillo-Gómez, M., & Desilus, B. (2016). Collaborative Online International Learning Experience in Practice Opportunities and Challenges. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 11(1), 30–35.

  • MacLeod, J., Yang, H. H., & Xu, J. (2016). Collaborative Online International Learning: A Case Study between USA and Thailand. 2016 International Symposium on Educational Technology (ISET), Educational Technology (ISET), 2016 International Symposium on, Iset, 106–110.

  • Jie, Z., & Pearlman, A. M. G. (2018). Expanding Access to International Education through Technology Enhanced Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Courses. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 14(1), 1–11.

Assessment Resources

The Toolkit for Evaluating VE by Stevens Initiative on effective evaluation practices for virtual exchange programs shares both a holistic perspective on program evaluation and specific steps that individual programs can take to improve their evaluation methods. 

 Compiled by Carrie Ullom, EdD, the Intercultural Competence Assessment Instruments overs a robust list of assessment tools.

Virginia Tech Resources

The Cranwell International Center exists to articulateadvocate, and act in support of international students, amplifying their contributions to the Virginia Tech community and to the advancement of the university as more globally oriented and internationally connected.

The Mozaiko Living Learning Community brings the world to your residence. Located in Harper Hall, U.S. and international students live together in a diverse community where they learn about each other’s culture, immerse themselves in language practice, and prepare for a lifetime of intercultural leadership.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning partners with faculty and instructors to support the design, development, and implementation of learner-centered instruction.

Technology-Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies is a unit within Virginia Tech’s Division of Information Technology, and is dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning through the thoughtful application of technology to the teaching process and learning environments.


The University Libraries plays an essential role in furthering Virginia Tech’s mission as a global land-grant university by providing access to a plethora of resources in varying disciplines. 

Information & Collaboration Tools for Virtual Exchanges

The Cultural and Community Centers are here to advocate for a safe, inclusive environment and to advise students as they navigate life at VT. Through programming and events, we raise cultural awareness and invite the community to learn about and develop an appreciation for cultural differences.

The Outreach and International Affairs mission statement is “to share the best of Virginia Tech by working alongside communities across the world.” The institutes, centers, and offices within OIA are bound together with a unified sense of promoting economic development, engaging in institution and human capacity development, and building the perfect global land-grant institution.   

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity promotes sustainable institutional transformation and accountability; representational diversity; an inclusive, welcoming, affirming, and accessible safe campus climate; and the integration of issues of equity and identity into the academic mission.

InclusiveVT is the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.

Global Education Office Resources

Virginia Tech has over 60 Student Exchange Agreements (SEAs) with institutions globally. Active partnerships can be viewed here.

To explore virtual exchange collaboration opportunities with an interested Virginia Tech international partner institution, feel free to communicate with the contact listed below and keep your college’s global education liaison and the Global Education Office updated for support. If you would like an e-introduction to the international partner institution or to discuss virtual exchange possibilities further, contact

Partner Institution Contact Name Email

University of Alicante

Dori Urbán, Global Mobility
American University in Cairo

Heba Moussa, Senior Manager, International Partnerships

International Programs Office

Catholic University of Argentina

Maria Veronica Munoz, Directora de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperacion Academic

Office of International Affairs

Chonnam National University

Ms. Shinhye Kang, Manager, International Programs

Office of International Affairs

Oxford Brookes University

Sally Tait, Global Exchanges Manager

Global Exchanges and Study Abroad Team

Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná

Lídia Kovalski, Coordinator for International Mobility

The Technical University of Darmstadt

Julia Fitzthum, International Relations & Mobility

The Technical University of Munich

Claus Schertel, Ph.D., TUM School of Life Sciences

International Coordinator WZW
The University of Hong Kong

Iris IpProgramme Manager

International Affairs Office
University of Innsbruck Katharina Walch, International Mobility & Networks
International Relations Office
University of Oviedo

Dra. María José Álvarez Faedo
Directora de Área de Norteamérica y Resto del Mundo
Vicerrectorado de Extensión Universitaria y Proyección Internacional


University of San Francisco, Quito

Karla Alexandra Loor Toledo, International Programs Coordinator

Programas Internacionales
University of Technology Sydney

Veronica Wong, Manager, UTS BUILD Program

UTS Think Global /UTS International
University of Kent International Partnerships
The Registry

Along with the resources found on this page, a Global@Home Canvas site has been created to encourage faculty and colleagues to continue the conversation. If you would like to be added to the Canvas site, please contact Rachel Fitzgerald.

As much as we would like for every student to study abroad, for some, an international experience is not feasible. Not being able to travel should not prevent students from engaging in global learning. The Global@Home Resources for Students were compiled with the hope of connecting students to opportunities that would allow for global experiences while at home.

Opportunities for External Funding

See below for a sampling of grant funders involved in virtual exchange and global teaching and learning initiatives.

The Stevens Initiative has created a Coronavirus Response Fund to support the transition of global education programs from in-person to virtual exchanges. The Initiative will also fund preparation for future virtual exchange implementation and the adaptation of existing virtual exchange programs as they respond to this global crisis. The response fund is for education and non-profit organizations based in the United States and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) proposing to conduct activities between the U.S. and MENA. See here to stay up-to-date on future funding opportunities.

International dimensions of the humanities can be supported through the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) through such programs as the challenge grants, fellowships and faculty research, curriculum development, summer seminars and institutes, translation projects and special program categories that encourage the understanding of the humanities in designated countries.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a range of funding opportunities with potential for international education. Several programs of particular note are:

The International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC) is the largest and most prominent event on virtual exchange, providing a forum for an audience of deans, directors, faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and professionals from institutions around the world interested in technology, international education, and new pedagogies.

The Central Asia University Partnerships Program (UniCEN) is a platform to increase sustainable collaborations between US and Central Asian higher education institutions.

  • See a project funded through this grant between Penn State and KazATU here

The goal of this virtual exchange program is to connect U.S. and the Dominican Republic higher education institutions to work with Dominican and U.S. students on project development and innovation in times of crisis. This program will provide a platform for dialogue and training for young leaders focused on workforce development, social entrepreneurship, leadership, decision-making and planning while aiming to promote a positive change driven mindset. The project should provide interactive modules on leadership, community issues, and digital citizenship. See here for more details. Deadline is July 7.

Funding may be available through embassies in other countries as well.

​The American Council on Education (ACE) is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers grants to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.

The Foundation's grants database allows you to browse grants awarded by the Foundation since 1969.  Filters are also available to search for grants within a particular program, timeframe, or geographic location.

100,000 Strong in the Americas uses the principle of leveraged innovation with higher education institutions (HEIs) that demonstrate the greatest commitment and innovation toward increasing study abroad opportunities between the United States and countries in the Western Hemisphere.

In applying for the Innovation Fund grants, HEIs will be asked to demonstrate how they will assert leadership in implementing the innovations proposed, how they will address on-campus barriers to student mobility, how they will maintain student engagement, and how they will commit to making concrete changes to expand access to study abroad as sending and/or hosting institutions.

Lisle International provides Global Seed Grants to support innovative projects which advance intercultural understanding through shared experiences, with the goal of creating a more just social order. Projects may seek to bridge a variety of community divides, including ethnic, cultural, religious, racial or gender perspectives, anywhere in the world.

Grants of $500 to $3,000 are available to innovative projects that match the mission of Lisle. Lisle awards between three and eight grants each year to projects in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.  

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities.

FACE Foundation and the French Embassy will be supporting institutions which are creatively maintaining French-American collaboration by integrating virtual exchange or other types of global learning in their curricula. Projects need to be implemented collaboratively by at least one US and one French institution of higher learning or international education provider and demonstrate why they have the potential to boost study abroad after the pandemic. See here for more information.