The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has launched the Global Teaching and Learning Initiative, a suite of virtual programming that inspire cross-cultural engagement inside and outside the classroom. In partnership with international liaisons within Ohio State colleges and units, OIA has been involved in developing experiences and opportunities for students, faculty and staff.
The Office of International Affairs and the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning have created a learning community to promote Collaborative Online International Learning/Virtual Exchange (COIL/VE). The aim is to support instructors in designing new global and intercultural student learning experiences in virtual modalities. These new programs, which may be course-based or project-based, should connect Ohio State students with their peers around the world through collaborative learning and meaningful intercultural interactions in a virtual space.
To support a wide variety of recently developed virtual experiences through its Global Online Learning Initiative, the Office of International Affairs is hosting a webinar series, Global Education through a Virtual Lens, to share insight into the value of online collaborations for students and faculty.
The first of the series, Global Learning Going Virtual: An Introduction to COIL Virtual Exchange, featured keynote speaker Jon Rubin, director of COIL Consulting, explored the rationale and ramifications of COIL Virtual Exchange practices as they are evolving in our changing landscape.
The Office of International Affairs and the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures are sponsoring a Global Teaching and Learning grant competition to develop internationally focused learning and cultural exchanges at Ohio State, using a variety of platforms and mediums. Faculty, instructors, staff, researchers and STEP mentors are all welcome to apply. Stipends will range from $500 to $2,000, and the deadline to apply is April 7, 2021.
The Global Online Learning Scholarship was created by the Office of International Affairs for Buckeyes interested in pursuing a virtual education abroad program or global learning experience. Even with challenges of COVID-19 and its global impact, the Office of International Affairs realizes the importance of staying globally engaged and accessible international education. The Global Online Learning Scholarship will provide from $250 to successful applicants to be applied towards the cost of their virtual experience.
Online global experiences play a vital role in campus internationalization. To ensure a coordinated and comprehensive strategy is employed for the success of every Ohio State approved online global learning program, a wide variety of specialized services are provided by the Office of International Affairs. These services are essential to manage and enhance the development and implementation of international online programming for all Ohio State students seeking to expand their global knowledge and experiences.