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


Madrid Akpovo, S., Arndt, S., Tesar, M., Cabral, M., & Tucker, A. (2024, In press). Utilizing an ethic of emotional discomfort and cross-cultural Otherness when building global partnerships: Collaborative online learning across borders (COLAB). In At school in the world: Developing globally engaged teachers Globalization of Teacher Education Book Series, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing

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.


Arndt, S. (2021, April). COLAB Reimagining relational connectedness through technology. Paper presented at Technology, Knowledge and Society Conference, University of Melbourne, 

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