Global online experiences



Abstract

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.

Learning objectives

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.


Howard Errey, RMIT University

Senior Learning Designer, Global Experience

RMIT University

Howard Errey is a psychologist specialising in the human side of computers and technology. Howard’s practice has always been involved with assisting people with or through technology. This has included the establishment of online counselling systems in education, projects to engage young people through technology and project management of funding for e-learning projects for disadvantaged groups. He has worked as a consultant for online innovations projects for eWorks and the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. Learning design consultancy clients include Box Hill Institute and Open Universities Australia. He currently works as an educational technologist at RMIT University.