Indiana University aspires to engage all our students in international learning and intercultural experiences to prepare them for successful careers in a global workforce. The Global Classroom program is a virtual exchange that promotes internationalization at home and enables instructors to add an international component to their existing courses by collaborating with a faculty partner abroad. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) virtual exchange programs are not new but have certainly gained momentum during the past few years.
The increasing visibility of multinational organizations, diseases, and ideas has further emphasized calls for developing intercultural competence in all of our graduates. About ten years ago, the European Commission proposed that internationalization should ensure that the large majority of learners who are not able to travel or study abroad for various reasons are still able to acquire the international skills required in a globalized world. The U.S. Departments of State and Education include internationalization efforts as some of the key principles in their renewed international strategy. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has emphasized the urgency and need to act for collective well-being and sustainable development.READ ON FOR THE FULL STORY