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Cross-university virtual teamwork as a means of internationalization at home

Rauer, Johannes Nikolaus; Kroiss, Michael; Kryvinska, Natalia; Engelhardt-Nowitzki, Corinna; Aburaia, Mohamed

In today’s globalized world, international competencies and the ability to communicate effectively
in global virtual teams are key workplace requirements. To offer university students an
opportunity for internationalization at home and simultaneously provide them with the experience
of working in virtual project teams, we present a universally applicable international telecooperative
project. In this teaching approach, students from different universities and fields of
study worldwide collectively solve problems in a simulated business environment and present
their findings to a remote professor for grading. The analysis of the pilot testing with 150 students
from 26 nations indicates that the participants have recognized the difficulties that can occur
when working in international, interdisciplinary, and geographically distributed teams. Rated as
a valuable experience by 80% of the participants, the presented online educational concept
constitutes an important contribution in the tertiary education sector, especially in situations such
as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords:
Global virtual teams
Intercultural competencies
International communication
Experiential learning
Interdisciplinary teamwork
Telecollaboration

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