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Interest in virtual (online) study and/or remote work in the U.S. Basic proficiency in English for academic purposes.

Approx. 24 hours to complete
English

What you will learn

  • Pinpoint and examine common challenges for non-U.S. students and foreign-born professionals in American virtual learning and work environments

  • Enhance your cultural knowledge and your ability to thrive in U.S. virtual learning and work environments

  • Get an inside look at how U.S. universities and companies organize work and study, communicate ideas, and execute projects in online environments

  • Develop skills that will allow you to seamlessly navigate American learning environments and succeed in remote work in the U.S.

Skills you will gain

Cross-Cultural CommunicationAmerican higher educationOnline LearningAcademic SkillsRemote work

Learner Career Outcomes

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

50%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Interest in virtual (online) study and/or remote work in the U.S. Basic proficiency in English for academic purposes.

Approx. 24 hours to complete
English

Offered by

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The State University of New York

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

International learners in U.S. online education

5 hours to complete
21 videos (Total 117 min), 6 readings, 5 quizzes
21 videos
Meet Alex, the Global Web-Surfer2m
How this course works3m
Capstone Project (video and text descriptions)4m
Bonus interview: International students in American online courses9m
Alex: How does it work, actually?3m
The problem that we are trying to solve in this course3m
How to use a competency-based approach to overcome barriers4m
What is uniquely American in U.S.-based online education?5m
Bonus lecture: The anatomy of a U.S.-style, student-centered, online learning environment11m
Bonus interview: A faculty perspective on working with international students in online environments13m
Alex: What do you want to know about the online classroom in the U.S.?3m
Classroom navigation8m
Getting help2m
Student information center1m
Student services4m
Disability services1m
The U.S. academic system5m
Academic qualifications and degrees8m
Bonus lecture: The philosophy of American education7m
Bonus lecture: The methodology of American education8m
6 readings
How this course works10m
How I can contribute10m
Navigating the online classroom10m
Important skills for online learners10m
Tips for success in the online environment10m
Week 1 Learning journal10m
5 practice exercises
Do you need this course? Take this self-assessment practice quiz!30m
Week 1 Self-assessment30m
Week 1 Lesson 2 practice quiz: Barriers and competencies30m
Week 1 Lesson 3 Practice Quiz: U.S. online education30m
Week 1 Final quiz: Barriers to U.S. online education30m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Overcoming barriers of technology, language, and culture

5 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 54 min), 11 readings, 5 quizzes
12 videos
The basics of technology for American e-Learning1m
Getting through, obtaining information, using systems55s
Refining working skills1m
Using e-Learning infrastructure1m
Bonus Interview: A Faculty Perspective on Technology-Related Barriers16m
Introduction to language and culture2m
An International Faculty Perspective 111m
An International Faculty Perspective 27m
Culture in general and culture shock1m
Some critical cross-cultural skills2m
Conclusion to language and culture2m
11 readings
The basics of technology for American e-Learning10m
Getting through, obtaining information, using systems10m
Refining working skills10m
Using e-Learning infrastructure10m
Language barriers in eLearning10m
eLearning vocabulary and other support services10m
Introduction to culture and culture shock10m
Avoiding stereotyping and using generalizations10m
Some critical cross-cultural skills10m
Basics of American society and culture10m
Week 2 Learning journal10m
5 practice exercises
Week 2: Lesson 1 Practice Quiz30m
Week 2: Lesson 2 Practice Quiz30m
Week 2: Lesson 3 Practice Quiz30m
Week 2 Self assessment30m
Week 2 Final Quiz: Technology, Language, Culture30m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Navigating the U.S. academic system

6 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 36 min), 16 readings, 5 quizzes
13 videos
Understanding the American Education System - A student's perspective1m
The Role of the Online Instructor2m
American Culture in the Classroom - A student's perspective1m
Understanding the Philosophies Behind American Education - A student's perspective58s
Participating in Classroom Discussions - A student's perspective2m
Overcoming Language Barriers - A student's perspective1m
Communicating With Your Instructor - A student's perspective3m
The Online Learning Environment3m
Online library1m
Evaluating Information Sources for Audience and Purpose7m
Narrowing Your Topic3m
Your Research Question and Thesis Statement5m
16 readings
Entering the American Classroom10m
Student Roles and the Learning Environment10m
Faculty Roles10m
Classroom Culture10m
Addressing Faculty10m
Class Discussions10m
Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Communication10m
Becoming a Better Writer10m
The Varieties and Purposes of Writing10m
Audience10m
The Writing Process10m
Scholarly vs. Popular Sources10m
Thesis or Claim10m
Essay structure10m
Tone, Diction, and Mechanics10m
Week 3 Learning journal10m
5 practice exercises
Week 3: Lesson 1 Practice quiz30m
Week 3: Lesson 2 Practice quiz30m
Week 3: Lesson 3 Practice quiz30m
Week 3 Self assessment30m
Week 3 Final quiz: The U.S. Academic System30m
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Navigating U.S. professional environments

6 hours to complete
23 videos (Total 107 min), 8 readings, 5 quizzes
23 videos
Self-management: Introduction3m
What is self-management and its importance in online learning?4m
What is problem solving and why is it important?2m
What is self-directed learning?4m
Employability skills - An interview with Sam Conn6m
What is needed for new hires in the US?4m
How can you be successful in online classes?1m
Bonus video: How can you successfully compete in US environment and importance of pre-requisite courses for classes7m
Bonus video: International students in online environments2m
Leaders and followers (Case animation 1)2m
Leaders and followers (Case animation 2)3m
Leaders and followers (Case animation 3)2m
Leading and working in a virtual team14m
What are the competencies required to successfully navigate the American professional environment and what is needed to be successful in the US workforce?8m
An example of participation in a U.S.-based virtual team8m
A case scenario of a foreign national in the US: Is it an ethical behavior? (Case animation 4)1m
Ethical leadership in the US context5m
Professional contexts in specific areas: Introduction2m
The importance of pre-requisites3m
Getting acquainted with the U.S.-based working environment3m
How can you better transition to a U.S.-based professional environment7m
A case scenario of a foreign national facing a dilemma about seeking legal help in a U.S.-based workplace (Case animation 5)2m
8 readings
Self-management10m
Problem solving10m
Creativity10m
Self-directed learning10m
Leadership in the U.S.10m
Teamwork and Ethics in U.S.-based professional environment10m
Pre-requisites, professional culture and legal contexts in the US based work environments10m
Week 4 Learning journal10m
5 practice exercises
Week 4: Lesson 1 Practice quiz30m
Week 4: Lesson 2 Practice quiz30m
Week 4: Lesson 3 Practice quiz30m
Week 4 Self-assessment30m
Week 4 Final quiz: U.S. Professional Contexts30m

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