Developments in Virtual Learning Environments and the Global Workplace
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Developments in Virtual Learning Environments and the Global Workplace

Stephanie Swartz (Mainz University of Applied Sciences, German), Belem Barbosa (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Izzy Crawford (Robert Gordon University, UK) and Susan Luck (Pfeiffer University, USA)
Pages: 300
ISBN13: 9781799873310|ISBN10: 1799873315|EISBN13: 9781799873334|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7331-0


Institutions of higher education have recognized the need for preparing their graduates for a digitalised, global workplace. These efforts have been sporadic, individual and varied from discipline to discipline. Nevertheless, trends such as “double classrooms”,”inverted classrooms” and “collaborative online international learning” (COIL) have gained traction at universities across the globe over the past ten years.The efforts to engage students in the use of digital tools and virtual collaborative teamwork increased manifoldly in 2020 with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this book we would like to give voice to some of the many creative and innovative virtual learning environments (VLEs) in which instructors all over the world have been engaging their students. Furthermore, the views of key stakeholders such as students, faculty and employers will be presented to demonstrate the holistic nature of virtual learning, its impact on employability and the development of global citizenry. Readers will be provided with a tool kit, guidance and examples of best practice to help them create and evaluate their own virtual learning projects, and prepare students and employees for the opportunities and challenges of a global, digital workplace.

This book will curate knowledge and bring together views of different stakeholders concering virutal learning practices, demonstrate the value of virtual learning, offer guidance to support effective learning, show future perspectives and trends, and aid professionals in not only the evaluation but the creating of virtual learning strategies. This book will be particularly interesting for a wide audience, from academics to managers. As such, its target audience includes: University and college instructors (academics), e-learning and instructional designers, university senior managers, university staff responsible for mobility and exchange, researchers, and professionals responsible for organizational development and further education, human resource directors, global company executives.

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