Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are happy to share our 3rd WILLIAM newsletter – this time with many resources for implementing Internationalization at Home and a list of upcoming virtual workshops open to all. We look forward to seeing you on zoom.

Newsletter No. 3 November 2020
WILLIAM is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building Initiative that focuses on Internationalization at Home. On the backdrop of COVID, the topics that the consortium has been engaging with have grown in importance and are among some of the topic issues that all institutions of higher education are dealing with today.
In this newsletter we would like to share some of the most recent activities of the project during COVID and point you to some material and events that can be of use to any institution grappling with how to enhance their Internationalization at Home strategy.

COVID 19 Coping for International Offices

In the first weeks after the outbreak of the pandemic, WILLIAM created a webpage of resources and consultation for international offices in institutions of higher education around the world, providing information and tools to help maintain contact and psychological support for international students during the current corona pandemic.
Given that many countries are encountering their second and third waves of increased cases and experiencing once again lockdown, this information continues to be timely for international offices to help their students cope.
Image: The Hebrew University Covid-19 updates visuals
See the link below for information on the WILLIAM COVID initiative to support international offices and students.

Erasmus Day: WILLIAM Workshops

During the Erasmus Days, WILLIAM broadcasted 8 workshops on areas related to Internationalization at Home. The topics of the workshops are:
•    Intercultural Dimensions of Internationalization at Home
•    Safety and Security for Incoming International Students
•    Understanding Cultural Influences and the Individual Perspectives
•    Creating an Information Brochure for Incoming International Students
•    Website Creation for Recruiting International Students
•    Engaging Students in Virtual International Collaborative Courses
•    Course Design for Online International Collaborative Courses
•    Virtual Conferencing Systems for Education (Hebrew)
Some nostalgia from William Internationalization at Home Consortium Meeting in Brno at Masaryk University, December 2019

International Events

Over this past summer, WILLIAM shared its best practices with institutions of higher education at the HEURO workshop. This year due to COVID-19, the event was run virtually via zoom, with approximately 100 participants. We presented on virtual mobility as a potential alternative to actual mobility based on the WILLIAM initiative.

On November 27, 2020, Prof. Mooli Lahad and Dr. Yael Israel-Cohen will present the WILLIAM COVID-19 Initiative at the IHES Conference. This conference focuses on Internationalization of Higher Education for Society and is organized by Global Impact Institute, Dr. Uwe Brandenburg, a partner in WILLIAM. All institutions are welcome to join, see link to registration here.

For tips on implementing Virtual International Classrooms, take a look at a recent article written by Dr. Yael Israel-Cohen, WILLIAM Coordinator, on institutional readiness for implementing virtual mobility based on the WILLIAM consortium experience.

Virtual International Classroom

As part of the WILLIAM project, each partner institution will be setting up a virtual international classroom. Take a look at a fun video that Tel Hai College put together introducing their classroom, purpose-built for joint virtual joint classrooms.

WILLIAM Upcoming Zoominars

All institutions are welcome to join us for the following upcoming virtual webinars and conference. If you would like more information on either or both events, please e-mail us your details and we will add you to the distribution list.

Write the Right Text for the Right Occasion: Copywrite in English 

Basics of theory, common mistakes, effective methods, common practices on social/print/web.
– this is not a seminar on how not to make mistakes, but on how to use language effectively
– learn about the functions of language and utilise them in your texts
– find out how to write concisely, without fillers and redundancy
– distinguish between different styles usable for different media
– internalise tricks to make your texts stand out
7 December 15:00 pm Israel Time
Link to the Zoominar here

Virtual Training Module for Safety and Security of International Students

Including a panel discussion on EU and Israeli Perspectives on dealing with safety of International Students during COVID: European and Israeli perspectives
Date: TBD

WILLIAM Erasmus+ Initiative Symposium on Collaborative Online International Courses

We welcome lecturers who are piloting or are interested in piloting this method to join us for peer to peer learning and gathering of best practices.
Click for the zoominar schedule
12 January 2021, 9:00-11:00 am Israel time
Register here

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