Virtual Teaching Across Borders

What is Virtual Teaching Across Borders?

Virtual TAB is a no cost, non-credit educational opportunity for pre-service teachers in the Fall semester. It focuses on intercultural matters related to educational philosophy and practice with emphasis on equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization. It fosters engagement around educational and societal topics that hold relevance at local and global contexts. Virtual TAB is a branch off the Teaching Across Borders program that aims to increase access to intercultural teaching and learning by delivering the program online. Virtual TAB is facilitated by an instructor through synchronous and asynchronous mediums. Students also hear from guest speakers and engage with fellow pre-service teaching students and instructor for a six-week period.

Werklund students in the Bachelor of Education program and students from our partners institutions in Brazil, Germany, Spain, the United States of America, and Vietnam are invited to participate. In order to make the online exchange meaningful and participatory, the number of participants is limited. There are 10 spots for the Werklund School of Education and 3 spots for each participating partner institution.

Virtual TAB Fall 2023

Each class goes from 8:00 am to 10:30 am MST on Thursdays.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a variety of facilitation strategies to encourage discussion, generate ideas, and build consensus
  • Apply a variety of leadership strategies to develop meaningful relationships with the program and its participants
  • Develop cross-cultural competencies related to language, culture, and place.
  • Examine how programming fosters inclusion and personal growth
  • Examine how programs and educators create communities that are conducive to teaching and learning
  • Examine how teaching and learning take place in other contexts
  • Identify specific opportunities for you to contribute to program communities in a positive, professional manner
  • Share and receive knowledge regarding teacher education and teaching practice


Participants will meet synchronously through Zoom and engage asynchronously through a course shell that will be created on D2LBrightSpace (University of Calgary's online portal).

There is no cost associated with Virtual TAB; it is entirely free of charge.

Participants are expected to be able to attend all 6 classes as part of this experience.

  • Review worksheets for article/ video
  • Discussions: full class, breakout rooms
  • Student presentations & discussion questions
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Assigned content worksheets
  • Curated list of pedagogical resources for student presentations
  • “Pen Pal Journals” (online groups with peers)
  • Online discussion boards
  • Formats for facilitation
  • Arts-centered learning & specialty education
  • Educational technology
  • Universal Design for Learning 
  • Socio-emotional learning in schools/ Bullying
  • Cultural and Linguistic issues in the classroom
  • Reflections on Teaching
  • Principles of Assessment
  • Indigenous issues in Education
  • Current education contexts for society, teachers and students

You can download a copy of our step by step instructions here. If you have any questions about registration, please email 

That's one of the best experiences I've ever had through college! A M A Z I N G!!!!

International Student Participant

Useful, insightful, and a way to engage in what you've learned throughout your classes outside of academic pressure. The commitment isn't too much, but still insightful and worth it.

Werklund Student