Chancellery International Global Classrooms Seed Grants, The University of Melbourne, 2022 - ($AUD 10,000)

Online and Hybrid Teaching Support Awards Program, The University of Tennessee, Teaching & Learning Innovation Center, 2020 - ($US 2,250).

Global Catalyst Program, UTK Center for International Education,The University of Tennessee, 2019 - ($US 29,997). In collaboration with The University of Auckland, New Zealand, The University of Melbourne, Australia and The University of Wyoming, USA.

COLAB PBRF RA GRANT, University of Auckland, 2019 ($NZ1,678)

SEED Grant Award, University of Auckland, 2018-2019 ($NZ5000)


2022, Melbourne Graduate School of Education Award for Internationalisation of the Curriculum, Australia

2018 Nominated, Nola Campbell E-Learning Teaching Excellence Award, University of Waikato, New Zealand


Tesar, M., Arndt, S., Madrid Akpovo, S., Han, T., Huang, F. & Halladay, M. (in progress). Collaborative online learning in higher education: Key lessons from New Zealand and the USA. Will submit to Education Technology Research and Development.

Arndt, S., Akpovo, S.M., Tesar, M., Han. T., Huang, F., & Halladay, M. (2021). Collaborative Online Learning Across Borders (COLAB): Examining intercultural understandings of preservice teachers in a virtual cross-cultural university-based program. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.


Halladay, M., Madrid Akpovo, S., Tesar, M., & Arndt, S., (2020, October). Intercultural Online Connections: How to use cross-cultural online dialogues to build a global "virtual" college classroom. Submitted to the 2020 Accelerate Online Learning Consortium, Orlando, Florida.

Madrid Akpovo, S., Halladay, M., Han, T., & Huang, F. (2020, October). Collaborative Online Learning Across Borders (COLAB): Creating virtual international experiences to develop pre-service teachers' intercultural understanding. Submitted to 28th Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference, Bethleham, Palestine. CANCELED

Tesar, M. & Huang, F. (2019, October). COLAB - Collaborative Online Learning Across Borders: Dialogues for socially just Teaching and Learning. Poster presentation at the CLEAR SEED Fund Conference, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Tesar, M., Arndt, S., Madrid Akpovo, S., & Halladay, M. (2019, April). Collaborative Online Learning Across Cultures: Narratives from USA and New Zealand. Paper presented at AERA Conference, Toronto, Canada