There is more to intercultural experience than studying abroad. While studying overseas is undoubtably transformative, not all students can access such opportunities. By shifting the emphasis from physical to virtual mobility, RMIT has broadened access to a new range of transformative cross-cultural encounters without the need to leave home or pay a cent. This presentation will give the rationale and implementation of RMIT’s global online experiences in 2019. It will outline the models of global online experiences adopted, which range from virtual industry challenges with German clients to cross-disciplinary projects with students across the globe. Students studying abroad, on-campus or online are also exposed to 21st century skill recognition opportunities through RMIT’s suite of micro-credential badges. The online badges enable students to demonstrate the capabilities acquired through participating in one of our global experience programs.
Participants will become familiar with a variety of ways of providing and adding value to global experiences through online strategies. They will better be able to understand the benefits and challenges of delivering global experiences online. They will be more aware of the potential of online platforms such as LMSs, digital credentialing, COIL and Telanto.