Globalization and digital media have been responsible for societal and educational challenges. There are educational approaches in the field of global learning and media competence that offer options to deal with these challenges. These approaches were combined in a course called ‘Global Medial’, mainly addressing students of educational subjects (primarily teacher training) at BA/MA level. This course provides online learning-based opportunities for Japanese and German students. With reference to this course, we describe the educational approaches of global learning, media competence and their possible interlinkages. For this description, we use the taxonomy of normative, descriptive and prescriptive. We then outline the first evaluation results of a course that took place in the Autumn term of 2017/2018 and draw conclusions for follow-up courses as well as recommendations for future research.