As we seek to reinvent study abroad for the 21st century, a more meaningful use of digital learning, including online courses, is a logical approach. From predeparture to re-entry, online instruction has great potential to deeply inform and even transform the study abroad experience on multiple levels. This session provides a framework for creating online discussion-board activities to encourage learning communities and critical thinking. Optimal instructor engagement also will be addressed. Data from our own courses and a bibliography will be included. Attendees will investigate the implications for their own programs through a guided discussion.