Global Virtual Learning Center

Training

Global Virtual
Learning Center

Our programs are:

Global

Connect people across cultures

Virtual

Utilize virtual technologies & platforms

Learning-centered

Focus on skills development & pedagogy

Overview

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

At the GVLC, we design every virtual program to cultivate the skills learners need for the workplace, including virtual 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. 

Why Virtual Learning?

Why Work With The GVLC?

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Our Services

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

Our Portfolio

The GVLC builds upon WDI’s success delivering virtual learning.

BUSINESS & CULTURE: A VIRTUAL PRACTICUM

Business & Culture: A Virtual Practicum is an action-learning course, funded by the Stevens Initiative,  on international business cultures that brings together students from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, and the U.S. Participants attend synchronous lectures by international faculty, work on interregional teams through synchronous and asynchronous exchange, employ field research methods to learn about one another’s business cultures, and create a final project that captures their cross-cultural learnings. The program equips young people in the U.S. and MENA region with the competencies they need to communicate, problem-solve, and collaborate in a global team environment— all essential 21st century skills in an interconnected world.

M²GATE

The MENA-Michigan Initiative for Global Action Through Entrepreneurship (M²GATE) program, funded by the Stevens Initiative, brought together 545 students from five Michigan university campuses and their peers in Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Harnessing the power of virtual exchange, students collaborated to find entrepreneurial solutions to social challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while learning new skills, building cross-cultural experiences and forging new relationships.

FORD COMMUNITY IMPACT FELLOWS WORKSHOPS

The Ford Community Impact Training program provides online training, funded by the Ford Motor Company Fund, for students globally that have participated in Ford Fund programs and are making a difference in the communities where they live. The program equips them with the skills they need in leadership, communications, and team building, with curricula custom designed by WDI. Participants learn from interactive online modules, assignments, and quizzes to test their understanding of the content as they go through the program. They also work on cross-cultural teams on a final project. Participants who complete all program requirements receive a program completion certificate and are invited to join an online alumni networking group.

DELL “MARKETING EXCELLENCE” COURSE

Since 2013, WDI has delivered virtual marketing executive education programs to Dell’s global employees.

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

WDI’s flagship 10-day mini-MBA program combines elearning modules on Competition and Finance, optimizing participants’ learning time.

STRIDE

In this USAID-funded program, WDI used customized short e-learning modules in conjunction with an in-person workshop to train Philippine professors in case study pedagogy.

Resources

One of the GLVC’s goals is to share knowledge about the emerging field of virtual learning and disseminate cutting-edge research and best practices.

Our Team

Our team collaborates with partners and instructors around the world to create programs  tailored to fit learners’ unique needs. We liaise with instructors who have experience creating innovative and rigorous content and expertise in designing and creating motivational programs.

Amy Gillett

Amy Gillett

Vice President / Education Secretary, WDI Board of Directors

Meghan Neuhaus

Meghan Neuhaus

Senior Project Manager, Grants Management

John Branch

John Branch

Faculty Affiliate

David Estrada

Program Coordinator

Christerfer Frazier

Christerfer Frazier

IT Project Manager

Contact the Team

For more information on this and other programs please submit the contact form or email us at wdi-virtual@umich.edu.

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