A main obstacle for the higher education sector is the provision of authentic learning experiences and the integration of modern and innovative technology into the existing curriculum. This need prompts universities to re-think current pedagogical concepts in the classroom. Moreover, it is necessary to advance and scale technology adoption to increase the students’ graduate attributes and to re-design the traditional educator role towards that of a modern coach- or moderator oriented role. The ongoing changes in the business world demand well-trained young professionals for new jobs. Thus, higher education institutions must prepare and train students to address and match contemporary requirements implied by this shift. Innovation, creativity and intercultural communication skills are associated with current pedagogical developments. Within this context, innovative learning and teaching approaches, a well-developed infrastructure and an appropriate use of digital components offer great opportunities for educating the current generation of students. Digital skills, a global team spirit, international experience and more flexibility are essential ingredients for efficient employees in the workforce of the 21st century. The goal of this interactive PDW is to discuss strategies and present best practice examples to enable a more adaptive / personalized and global learning experience in the classroom. Within Submission Number: 10613 2 this workshop, two components, (1) using learning analytics for improving teaching and learning as well as (2) global blended learning with virtual student teams, will be presented and discussed in detail.