Global Virtual Learning Center


Global Virtual
Learning Center

Our Programs ARe


Connect people across cultures


Utilize virtual technologies & platforms

Learning Centered

Focus on skills development & pedagogy


WDI’s Global Virtual Learning Center (GVLC)  advances the practice of global virtual learning to create international linkages and promote economic growth in emerging markets.

The GVLC builds upon WDI’s success as a provider of virtual learning. From virtual exchange programs like M²GATE (which connected 545 undergraduate students from Michigan, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia) to professional training programs for companies like Dell, we use virtual methods to support learners and build their skillsets for the future. We leverage digital technologies to offer virtual exchanges, global entrepreneurship and professional training, and action-based workshops.

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Our Model

Global Virtual Learning Model

At the GVLC, we design every virtual program to cultivate the skills learners need for the workplace, including teamwork, cross-cultural communications and leadership.

Building on our expertise, our partners’ needs and best practices in virtual learning, we create excellent tech-enabled learning experiences. In every program, we integrate practices such as action-based learning; synchronous, asynchronous, and blended approaches; and learner-support systems.

We help each of our learners to become more employable, globally connected, prepared for the workplace, and skilled in digital literacy, cultural competency, leadership, and teamwork.

Two University of Michigan students participating in a virtual learning course.

Why Virtural Learning?


Attractive to today's digitally fluent, mobile students.


Engage learners from almost anywhere and on their own schedule.


Provide critical, lifelong skills, including virtual teamwork, cross-cultural collaboration, digital project management, and technological know-how.


Effectively bridge cultures and reach under-resourced communities and non-traditional learners.


Enable innovative models of learning.


Can be scaled to maximize impact.

Amy Gillett shakes hands with a participant in the M2GATE program

Why Work with the GVLC?

We leverage the resources of the University of Michigan, a leading U.S. research university.

We draw on a global network of university partners and other organizations.

Our programs utilize ExtendEd, a proprietary portal optimized for virtual learning.

We have experience developing e-learning and implementing large scale virtual programming.​

Our Services

The GVLC designs and delivers virtual programs and services, including:


Advisory services for institutions interested in virtual programming.​

Program Management​

Management services and expertise in virtual exchange (technology-enabled, sustained, people-to-people education programs) and other online program models (including: geographically dispersed, classroom to classroom, and others).​

Curriculum Design​

Development and consultation on curriculum for virtual learning and online pedagogy.​

Featured Work

Impact Report: Virtual Exchange From the Head of the Class

Lessons in Collaboration: A Unique Team-Building Course from WDI

Impact Report: Connecting Students Across Four Countries

Five Key Insights into Virtual Exchange

M2GATE article on AACSB Insights

Five Tips on How to Thrive in a Virtual Classroom


David Estrada

Program Coordinator

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