Bringing the World to DePaul: Using Real-Time, Online Collaboration to Foster Global Learning

Online meeting tools make it possible for faculty and students to collaborate with peers around the world. However, selecting the right collaboration tool and facilitating productive online activities can be daunting. In this workshop, participants learned how DePaul faculty have been using videoconferencing tools to collaborate with international institutions and integrate global and intercultural issues into their courses. Presenters provided specific examples of how online meeting tools increased student engagement, fostered a sense of community among diverse groups of learners, and helped students collaborate across multiple time zones and geographic boundaries. Presenters also discussed the impact of these global, online collaborations on student learning and how videoconferencing influenced students’ views of key intercultural issues.

After participating in this workshop, you were able to:

  • Use synchronous, online meeting tools to foster a sense of community among students.
  • Add global perspectives to course topics through collaboration with international students.
  • Improve learner engagement through real-time collaboration with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Co-lead synchronous class discussions across cultures and time zones.

Presented by:

  Richard (Dick) Farkas (Political Science)


Patricia Szczerba (School for New Learning)


Daniel Stanford (College of Computing and Digital Media)

Slides by Richard (Dick) Farkas

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Slides by Patricia Szczerba

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Additional Resources

DePaul-UN-Panamericana Course Schedule

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