Global Online Academy (GOA)
Global Online Academy (GOA) at ISKL
Starting in 2021, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) entered into a partnership with Global Online Academy (GOA). GOA is a not-for-profit consortium of leading independent schools from around the world. GOA offers ISKL students the opportunity to learn alongside peers from around the world. GOA courses further enrich the ISKL experience by helping students test their passions in ways typically unavailable on a single campus.
GOA’s mission is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
To reimagine learning includes reimagining inequitable systems and structures to create a more socially just world in which students and educators can thrive.
There are more than 120 high-performing independent schools in the consortium, representing more than 25 countries and more than 30 states.
The GOA Student Experience
Pursue your passion! Check out our Students’ Experiences:
“ In terms of personal growth, I have grown more mature since taking the Personal Finance course - it has helped me become a better person. I was previously nervous and uncertain about the idea of going to college, but taking the course has helped me ease into that and I am now more knowledgeable about things that will help me when I graduate. The course discusses different topics you need to know when you graduate, such as credit which impacts several aspects of one's life and has also helped me better understand what it will be like when I am in college.
I like how flexible the timing is for GOA, as you can decide when and how you want to work. Just because you have the whole week free doesn't mean you must leave things until the last minute. You get to choose when and where you work, and it's much less stressful since there is a deadline, as time is more flexible. You usually have about a week to work on each assignment.
Taking online classes such as the GOA means that you get to pick and choose a course that you may be interested in that the school doesn't provide. For instance, if you're taking the IB and know what major you want to do and there is no specific class in that subject, you can find it at GOA. There are so many choices to choose from that you can have fun with, such as a creative writing class or a physiology class. The times are flexible, so if you are too busy in one semester, you can take it the following semester or after school. ”
“ The GOA has helped me gain exposure to different educational paths for my future. There's architecture and many other things one can choose and do. That way, it allows me to manage my time better and makes me open to communicating with people I am not physically with.
Architecture-wise, I've learned to enjoy the different design processes of architecture, as well as looking at how we can incorporate those with sustainability and the environment. Having the chance to learn something that’s not available in school is great, and through that you can gain considerable knowledge. ”
“ I like the way the courses are organized and how they are structured. The information I've learned has been exciting and self-directed, and I have picked up new skills. We had many fun Zoom calls with the students and the teachers, and I got to interact with different people you wouldn't usually meet in a typical school setting. I also had one-on-one mentor discussions with the teachers, who were friendly, valuable, helpful, and understanding.
The unique thing about GOA is the diversity of everyone who takes part in it. There are teachers and students from all over the world, and you get a new perspective - everyone's so lovely and sweet. At the beginning of the course, there are always introductions where you meet everyone individually. It helps to use that time to get to know a few people at least and start talking to them because that motivates you also to do the work.
For example, I reached out to a student based in Houston, Texas, via a social media platform at the beginning of the filmmaking course, and we've become great friends. We are similar and like a lot of the same things, and it's been great because you get to meet people with the same interests. ”
“A chance to take a class that not any High School offers on topics that teachers or students have the opportunity to take or teach. It’s not just any class you can walk into at school. It’s a specific subject area you’re really interested in. It’s a time frame that really works for you. It breaks down the barrier between teacher and student. It’s more like a teacher and a student working together to learn something new.” – Ziah, GOA Student
- Creative Nonfiction Writing
- Arts Entrepreneurship (NEW!)
- Data Visualization
- Computer Science II: Game Design and Development
- Digital Photography
- Graphic Design
- Fiction Writing
- iOS App Design
For more information about the Global Online Academy, please click on these links to read about frequently asked questions, to view a list of participating schools, and to view the 2023-2024 Course Catalog.
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