Social Work in a Globalised World (SwiGloW)
Digital transformation and Social Work from an international perspective: New possibilities of global study exchange.
“The current crisis has forced universities and research organisations to dynamically expand their capabilities in the fields of digital learning and working. Virtual exchange represents an interactive and cooperation-based bridge to the world and serves to systematically intensify international higher education efforts and shape them around new models of (blended) mobility.”
International Virtual Academic Collaboration (IVAC) of the DAAD
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Social Work in a Globalised World is a first step towards building a strong international network of Social Work and international study exchange through online-teaching possibilities. Through the support of the DAAD’s initiative International Virtual Academic Collaboration (IVAC), we can now proceed to bring students and faculty members of five locations in four continents (Australia, Germany, Namibia, 2x US) around the globe together in virtual formats. This collaboration is designed to strengthen the global experience of Social Work, to connect and to study together in partnership. Our project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The Social Work Department of the University of Applied Sciences Fulda together with our partners at the San Francisco State University, University of Namibia, University of North Florida and the University of the Sunshine Coast, aim to build a collaborative international and virtual study-route. This includes creating a concept with teaching methods as well as an online-teaching framework. Our goal is to establish an online study-offer which focuses on significant international topics of Social Work and gives Social Work students the chance to make international and global academic experiences in times of the pandemic and beyond.
To conceptualize this virtual study-route, the 5 partner universities form the US, Australia, Namibia and Germany will work together to evaluate common grounds and share their experience of virtual-learning strategies and online-teaching methods. This international and digital cooperation will allow to develop intercultural and global skills to participating students and faculty members of all partner universities. With the digital and virtual approach of our IVAC-project, students who may not be able to travel abroad because of personal circumstances, can benefit from this new cooperation and receive a perspective of international Social Work at first hand.
IVAC- Team in Fulda
The project is organised by a team at the University of Applied Sciences Fulda and headed by Nadine Heil (M.A.), Prof. Dr. Marei Pelzer, Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeffer, Prof. Dr. Martina Ritter and Prof. Dr. Bettina Stoll.
University of the Sunshine Coast (Australien) - contact: Cindy Davis (PhD)
University of Namibia (Namibia) - contact: Rachel Freeman (PhD)
San Francisco State University (USA) - contact: Jocelyn Clare R. Hermoso (PhD)
University of North Florida (USA) - contact: Jennifer Spaulding-Givens (PhD)
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A STUDENT ON IVAC
Click here to view a short video-message from Amber (University of North Florida, USA). She participated in the IVAC Summer-Course and studied an online-class together with students from Fulda University, from Namibia and San Francisco. Amber also joined our virtual Intercultural Training and the online IVAC-Club.
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