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At University of Potsdam we distinct between Pre-Oiling and Full-Oiling as two heuristically formats of internationalization that differ in terms of extent and duration of collaboration. These concepts are used as templates to further support individual course planning.
As Pre-Oiling we identify teaching scenarios that are based on a short-term collaboration using thematically specified elements of cooperation. The courses can be planned and carried out independently in terms of time and content. The collaborative elements will be carried out as group work out of course hours. The students self-organize their collaborative work on a given task, e.g. a scientific poster.
One-time guest lectures using video streaming or single class sessions with international partners in the virtual classroom can also be used within Pre-Oiling collaborations.
As useful tools for Pre-Oiling E-Learning platforms such as Moodle, Blogs or even Facebook groups can be used. Pre-Oiling models provide an easy access to international collaborations and require little organizational resources and expenditure of time for teachers.
Long-term collaborations that take part during the whole term are called Full-Oiling. Within those blended learning scenarios student groups can work in projects during the term and exchange their proceedings in regular online-meetings or the virtual classroom. This kind of teaching also takes into account the presentation of findings and documentation of the student project. The intensive communication of those international student groups and the interchange of perspectives are main goals of this teaching and learning process. The team of OIL.UP supports teachers during all steps of planning and conducting international collaborative courses.