In this example the concept and the lessons learnt from two realizations of the “International Virtual Course: Tackling Climate Change through Global Learning” of Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) (Switzerland) are presented. Together with the partners from the Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados (Brasil), the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore (India) and the University of Nairobi (Kenya), ZHAW teaches about the impacts and challenges of climate change with a focus on agro-food systems.
The course consists of four phases:
1) Preparation from a local perspective;
2) Virtual classroom;
3) Virtual teamwork; and
The teaching format specifically builds on the different geographical settings as well as the diverse expertise of the four partner institutions and puts strong emphasis on collaborating at eye-level in the case of both students and staff for example with the sharing of responsibilities for the four phases, the compilation of the curriculum, etc. In addition to the thematic component, the focus lies on the organization of the virtual collaboration in intercultural teams as well as the reflection thereof with the idea of providing students with an insight into different every-day situations of international cooperation.