Internationalizing the Curriculum Through a Virtual Collaborative Experience (74362)

Session Information: Education/Pedagogy
Session Chair: Andrea Wright

Saturday, 23 September 2023 11:50
Session: Session 2
Room: Room A (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, education in general and higher education in particular has undergone a revolution in the massive adoption of virtual tools as a means of carrying out many of the activities that were previously carried out exclusively in person. One of the areas where the greatest use of these tools has been observed is in remote communication between institutions to carry out academic activities such as webinars, conferences, congresses, among others. Thus, virtual mobility, through virtual exchanges and collaborative online international learning (COIL) projects, although already implemented by some pioneers before the pandemic, received an important boost as a result of the aforementioned circumstance. In this sense, this paper presents a case study of how the curriculum may be internationalized through a COIL project. The project was carried out between students in their final year at a public university in Paraguay and at a public university in Texas, U.S.A. Through a comparative education project, teacher education students from both universities were able to explore the curriculum taught in their local contexts and compare it with a third international context. According to the evaluations presented by the students participating in the project, this experience allowed them not only to learn more about their own curriculum context, but also to place it within a broader international context. This case has implications for teacher education in an increasingly globalized and technology-mediated world where critical thinking skills for sustainable development in transnational contexts are increasingly important and valued.

Valentina Canese, Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay
Kate York, The University of Texas at Dallas, United States
Katherine Donaldson, The University of Texas at Dallas, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Valentina Canese, Ph.D. is currently faculty and director at the Instituto Superior de Lenguas, Universidad Nacional de Asunción. Her research interests include bilingualism, language education, ICT and Distance Education.

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