Global Online Academy
GLOBAL ONLINE ACADEMY (GOA)
Nanjing International School is a member of Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world whose programs offer our students a way to pursue their passions, learn with peers from around the globe, and acquire and practice modern learning skills that will serve them well in college, career and life.
GOA courses are our courses, taught by experienced faculty from renowned peer schools all over the world. This is a new kind of online class in which relationships and connections drive students to share their perspectives and learn from those of others. NIS faculty also have the opportunity to participate in GOA's world-renowned professional learning programs as they seek to continuously improve their practice as modern educators.
The mission of Global Online Academy is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
They deepen learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life. They also coach teachers to think differently about how they design student learning experiences. GOA work with NIS to ensure they have the strategies and tools to lead innovation and change.
About Global Online Academy Courses and Teachers
Students take GOA courses for credit at NIS. GOA course workload and course intensity is equivalent to courses taken on our campus. Unlike many online courses, students are not passive receptors of pre-recorded lectures from their teachers. Instead, students collaborate on challenging and interesting projects with students from around the world. They are also expected to manage their workload and time effectively to support the asynchronous nature of the courses.
GOA maintains excellence through rigorous teacher training, building on the best practices and values of leading independent schools — and by ensuring cohorts stay at a small size that fosters strong teacher-student relationships and student-to-student collaboration and interaction.