Collaborative Projects Abroad
Global CTE Toolkit
Steps to Utilize and Set Up a Global Collaborative Project
Global connections and experiences provide the best path to authentic global career readiness. Utilizing projects that involve a connection and collaboration with students in a community many time zones away can provide your students with these experiences. Developing a globally collaborative project involves several steps, map out your project using our International Collaboration Map tool and these steps:
Step 1. Begin with the right mindset.
- Seek to build partnerships, not solve your global partner's problems. Both sides have a lot to offer.
- Don't assume what they do or don't have; ask and learn.
- Train your students to recognize negative mindsets, and how to shift them if they emerge.
Step 2. Find a partner.
- See our updated page of organizations that can help you find a partner. Make sure to delineate your curriculum goals and seek partners that are working on the same concepts.
Step 3. Find curriculum connections and a project you can work on together.
- Mitigate potential downfalls by first producing something separately and then sharing it.
- Based on these goals and concepts, co-design the project and activities.
- Modify the project through constant feedback and communication.
Step 4. Prepare your students to:
- Use the Internet and technology safely and effectively.
- Make good decisions and exhibit proper etiquette online.
- Have meaningful engagement with others and respect differences.
Step 5. Do the project!
- Set a timeline for collaboration with your partner. Consider holidays and school breaks on each side.
- Check-in with your global co-teacher frequently, a weekly basis is recommended, to evaluate student progress and coordinate upcoming activities.
- Manage and encourage student collaboration.
- Provide coaching and feedback to students to enhance global connection.
- Lead student reflection activities after each global interaction.
- The Global Education Guidebook: Humanizing K–12 Classrooms Worldwide Through Equitable Partnerships by Jennifer D. Klein
- The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching by Julie Lindsay
- "How to Encourage and Model Global Citizenship in the Classroom" blog on Education Week.
- "Building Partnerships Outside the Classroom That Work" article by Principled Learning.
- "Evaluating Virtual Exchange Toolkit," from the Stevens Initiative.
Want to collaboratively solve a problem by connecting your students with students in another part of the world? Take Module 8: Enhancing Instruction with Global Collaborative Projects, a short 20-minute online professional development module that is part of the Career Readiness in a Global Economy: STEM and CTE program. This module is available for free (log-in required).
Global CTE Toolkit
This is part of the Center for Global Education's Global CTE Toolkit, which provides professional development, tools, and resources to help CTE educators integrate global competence into their curriculum. Learn more »