Global Collaborative Education Lab

The mission of the Global Collaborative Education Lab at Rutgers is to assist faculty in providing all students access to global experiences through virtual collaboration with peers from around the globe. Faculty work together with international partners to develop curriculum-focused assignments and activities, providing their students a variety of learning opportunities that do not require international travel.

Rutgers Global is here to support faculty in facilitating these experiences, which can, in turn, foster faculty professional development, nurture new and existing institutional partnerships, and provide the chance to network with colleagues from around the world.

See below to explore the opportunities to globalize your classroom at Rutgers.

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Develop a Course with a Partner University

Work with a colleague in another country to develop a syllabus or part of a syllabus for your own courses. The idea is to design 5-12 weeks of collaborative work between Rutgers students and students at a foreign university. The courses do not need to be the same as long as they complement each other. Students can connect online through their preferred platform or one assigned by the professors, and activities can vary to include group or partner projects, presentations, or assignments. Each professor grades their own students, and can coordinate synchronous and asynchronous online meetings for students to interact. 

Rutgers Global can help:

  • identify a potential colleague in a partner university
  • assist with designing the initial ice-breakers for students to connect
  • provide resources and ideas on how to introduce the different cultural perspectives 
  • assist with planning and organizing an in-person visit/exchange with the students in the foreign country once international travel has resumed
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Create a Glocal Learning Opportunity

At Rutgers Global, we define “glocal learning” as for-credit learning activities that combine both global and local perspectives. These activities may involve local programming, global exploration (study abroad), virtual online collaboration, or some combination of the three. The key is that, regardless of the mode of cross-cultural engagement, the pedagogical approach combines both local and global contexts and concerns. 

More than ever before, we believe that it is critically important to create global learning options which:

  • bridge local and global settings to solve pressing world issues 
  • increase access to global learning opportunities for all Rutgers students 
  • provide flexible global learning options in response to events like the Covid-19 virus   

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad can assist with idea development; logistics and planning; recruitment and promotion; and billing.

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Find a Virtual Speaker or Guest Lecturer

A Virtual Speaker is an expert in a particular field in their home country who is asked to participate virtually (online) in your class. Rutgers students can prepare in advance for the guest lecture and participate in a Q&A with the speaker. 

Where do I find International Virtual Speakers?

  • Rutgers Global can connect Rutgers faculty with faculty in our partner universities abroad. 
  • AEA Study Abroad has a directory of professionals in a great variety of fields that can be scheduled to speak in your class.
  • Mandela Washington Fellows Alumni are young leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa who have completed a Department of State sponsored fellowship at Rutgers. Many are available to participate in your lectures. The database with their profile and contact information can be found here.
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Educate Students about Global Experiences

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad offers Rutgers students access to opportunities for global learning which are academically rigorous, degree-relevant, culturally transformative, and empower students for impact in local and global communities.

Opportunities include study abroad, service learning, international internships, global research, and online global courses and internships.

Whether you are developing a short-term study abroad program to lead, or just sharing our resources with your students, we want to work with you to promote high-quality experiences abroad for all Rutgers students.

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Take Students on a Global Museum Tour

Bring artwork and museum collections to the virtual classroom through lectures, round table discussions, gallery talks, or museum tours, in collaboration with museum professionals at our international partner universities.


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Offer Internship Credit

Rutgers students can apply for robust internship experiences at a foreign company through one of our many providers. Opportunities are available in a wide range of academic fields and languages. Students gain work experience, learn to work in a cross-cultural setting and expand their network. 

Internships are typically worth at least 3 credits. Rutgers Global–Study Abroad can provide detailed information about each provider and internship experience to be reviewed by Rutgers academic departments or career centers for credit approval. 

Additional Information

Who do I contact for more information? +

Rocio Ruiz, Program Manager at Rutgers Global–Study Abroad

Lauren Meregalli Ferrer, Director of Rutgers Global–Study Abroad

Johanna Bernstein, Assistant Dean for Global Programs, Rutgers Global

Greg Costalas, Assistant Director of Programs, Rutgers Global

Why should I work with Rutgers Global? +

Support for your project.  From consultation to collaboration, Rutgers Global can offer both expertise and resources to grow ideas and launch programs. 

Experience with International Collaborations.  With 400+ international partnerships and a robust list of global contacts, we can help you engage with colleagues and institutions in all continents.

Connected Network.  As a dynamic hub of information and university collaborators, we facilitate synergy across the Rutgers’ campuses.

Access to Funding Opportunities.  By providing or identifying financial support, we boost the implementation of projects.

Global Collaborative Education Lab Symposium

Global Collaborative Education Lab Symposium

Rutgers Global hosted a symposium on October 1, 2020, to introduce Rutgers faculty and staff to the Global Collaborative Education Lab. During the symposium, faculty discussed their plans for including virtual exchange in designing their courses, with guidance from TLT colleagues. The Rutgers Global team shared information about resources, including an introduction to virtual exchange and a new grant competition to seed fund course development. Here are the presentations from the symposium