Developments in Virtual Learning Environments and the Global Workplace

Developments in Virtual Learning Environments and the Global Workplace

Stephanie Swartz (Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Germany), Belem Barbosa (University of Porto, Portugal), Izzy Crawford (Robert Gordon University, UK) and Susan Luck (Pfeiffer University, USA)
Release Date: June, 2021|Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 409
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7331-0
ISBN13: 9781799873310|ISBN10: 1799873315|EISBN13: 9781799873334|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799873327
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Although institutions of higher education have recognized the need for preparing their graduates for a digitalized, global workplace, these efforts have been sporadic, individualized, and varied from discipline to discipline. Nevertheless, over the past 10 years, trends such as “double classrooms,” “inverted classrooms,” and “collaborative online international learning” (COIL) have gained traction at universities across the globe. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, efforts to engage students in the use of digital tools and virtual collaborative teamwork increased tenfold. Creative and innovative virtual learning environments (VLEs) have emerged, and instructors have used them to connect with their students much more frequently. The holistic nature of virtual learning, its impact on employability, and the development of global citizenry have become prime areas of research amongst the digital education landscape. Now more than ever, it is essential to look at virtual learning environments and how they can be used to prepare students and employees for the opportunities and challenges of a global, digital workplace.

Developments in Virtual Learning Environments and the Global Workplace provides readers with a rationale and tool kit for facilitating virtual learning in a wide variety of contexts in response to the opportunities and challenges presented by the digital global workplace. This book covers virtual learning practices, the value of virtual learning for professionals and employers, and the best practices in online learning in different settings. Additionally, the chapters dive into the future perspectives and trends within virtual learning environments and the creation/evaluation of virtual learning strategies. These insights range from diverse countries, education levels, industry sectors, and academic disciplines, making this book a comprehensive research tool. This book will greatly benefit e-learning and instructional designers, university senior managers, university staff responsible for mobility and exchange, researchers, professionals responsible for organizational development and further education, human resource directors, global company executives, managers, practitioners, stakeholders, academicians, and students looking for information on how virtual learning environments are preparing students for the global workplace.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational Technologies
  • Faculty Development
  • Global Workplace
  • Intercultural Virtual Teams
  • International Learning
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • Virtual Learning Strategies
  • Virtual Professional Learning Communities
  • Virtual Teams
  • Work Skills
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Stephanie Swartz is a professor at the School of Business, Mainz University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. Originally from the United States, she completed her BA in English and Philosophy from Juniata College, Pennsylvania, USA, and her MA in American Studies and Education from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. She received her doctoral degree in American Literature at Paderborn Universität, Germany. Stephanie Swartz teaches Business English as well as Intercultural Communication and is head of the language center at the School of Business. Engaging her students in virtual team projects since 2015, she serves as a consultant for collaborative online international learning (COIL). She has presented and published on the subject of global virtual team projects and their importance for experiential learning and professional development.

Belem Barbosa received her PhD in Business and Management Studies – Specialisation in Marketing and Strategy from the University of Porto, Portugal. She is Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of digital marketing and consumer behavior.

Izzy Crawford is an Academic Strategic Lead within the School of Creative and Cultural Business at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Science from the University of Glasgow and postgraduate qualifications in Management, Public Relations, Higher Education Learning and Teaching, and Research Methods. She is an Accredited Member and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Izzy is currently studying for a Ph.D. with a focus on Collaborative Online International Learning.

Susan Luck is currently Professor of Business in the Graduate School at Pfeiffer University, specializing in organizational communication, change communications, negotiations, public relations, and diversity communication. She has a PhD from the University of South Carolina and is an arbitrator for FINRA, a certified mediator for NC Superior Court, a board member of the Charlotte Global Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the Charlotte International Arbitration Society. She’s a member of the International Association for Business Communication, International Communication Association, the Plain Language Association, World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Dog Writers’ Association of America, and Sisters in Crime, an international writers’ organization. Dr. Luck has also been deeply involved in the Justice Access Initiative, where is she is the only non-lawyer on the task force creating plans for taking the NC Justice and Courts system virtual during the pandemic. A former TV writer, she teaches both online and in the classroom and is the author of Zen and the Art of Business Communications.

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