Inter-University International Collaboration for an Online Course: A Case Study

  • Claudia Igbrude
  • John O’Connor
  • Dudley TurnerEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 138)


This paper is a practical account of the experience of collaboration between two international partners – one in Europe and the other in the United States. This collaboration experience is a lens through which the authors outline the origin, design and implementation of an inter-university teaching experience. The processes, strengths and difficulties are outlined and the rationale for utilising a virtual world is given, along with the participants’ perspectives of the experience. No institutional changes or formal agreements were needed.

The same course was validated and accredited by each institution and designed to address the requirements of each with the responsibility for participant progress and assessment remaining with the home institution. The paper discusses issues of coordination and makes recommendations for developing similar collaborations.


Virtual learning environments VLEs Virtual worlds Second life Communities of practice Collaborative learning Globalization Student exchange 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Igbrude
    • 1
  • John O’Connor
    • 1
  • Dudley Turner
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Dublin Institute of TechnologyDublinIreland
  2. 2.University of AkronAkronUSA

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