GC Variations

There is no one way to create a Global Classroom

The nomenclature of “Global Classroom” is intentionally open to allow for variations and approaches that are discipline, region, and challenge specific.

Global Classrooms – Online

  • Engage with one or more international organization 
  • Students register and pay tuition in their home institution 
  • Student engagement via online learning platforms such as Blackboard Collaborate/Quercus (LMS) or tools like Zoom and Teams 


Examples of GC Online:

Low Touch

  • Guest lectures or panels (recorded or live) 
  • Asynchronous discussion board
  • Examples

Medium touch

  • Synchronous lectures or panels 
  • Single assignments or projects students do together 
  • Examples

High touch

  • Students work and learn together through shared lectures, projects, assignments throughout the entire course
  • Examples

Global Classrooms – Blended

  • Engage with one or more international organization, each institution teaching its own course of similar subject, with an in-person component in an international location. The in-person component can be: 
    • Low touch – visits to local spaces related to the course with students from all institutions 
    • Medium touch – sitting in on lectures at the hosting university 
    • High touch – working on virtual projects and assignments together 
  • May include recorded guest lectures 
  • May include online learning component as well via shared LMS or tool like Zooms and Teams (i.e. to start work on project that students will present to the full group when meeting in-person) 
  • Students are registered and pay tuition in their home institution 

Global Classrooms – Virtual Exchange

  • Similar to in-person exchange, virtual exchange offers options to participate, remotely, in a semester-based or summer exchange. Limited options are available for this modality. 
  • Contact the Learning Abroad Team at learning.abroad@utoronto.ca  

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