Launching virtual exchange at your institution

Three EAIE Online Academy courses on Launching virtual exchange at your institution are now full, and registration is closed. More timely and specialised online courses will run throughout the year, with the next course planned for spring. Please stay tuned for updates.

  • Course 1: 17 & 19 February SOLD OUT
  • Course 2: 24 & 26 February SOLD OUT
  • Course 3: 14 & 16 April SOLD OUT

Trainers Robert O’Dowd and Shannon Sauro will guide you through seven hours of learning to help you understand the basics of virtual exchange and how to implement it at your institution. With the relevant set of tools, resources and inspiration, by the end of the course, you will have everything you need to get started. The training course comprises seven hours of face-to-face online learning and around two hours of self-guided study to be completed before the final session. 

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All around the globe, a growing number of institutions are engaging their students in virtual exchange (VE). Also known as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) or telecollaboration, these intercultural collaborative projects bring students and partners from other countries together to work side by side using digital technologies. 

Virtual exchange has great potential to foster must-have 21st century employability skills such as media and digital literacy, communication skills, global awareness, empathy, critical and analytical thinking, foreign language skills and intercultural competences. In times of reduced international mobility, it also provides an important additional tool for institutions’ international programmes. 

What you'll learn

This course will offer a comprehensive introduction to virtual exchange and will provide a clear overview of the different models and approaches available. Case studies and examples from existing projects and initiatives will illustrate the advantages and challenges this approach to learning can involve.   

The online course will help you: 

  • Familiarise yourself with virtual exchange, including existing models and different approaches to their implementation 
  • Understand the key success factors for deploying virtual exchange 
  • Develop practical approaches to encourage, advise and support academics to use virtual exchange in their teaching 
  • Deploy virtual exchange in your institution, highlighting practical considerations, challenges and solutions  

How to get the most out of this course

This course provides excellent training for international relations officers, managers and staff involved in promoting and supporting education innovation at their institutions. The course will involve regular opportunities for interaction and moderated group discussion.  

Important dates

  • 14
    COURSE 3

    Training, 14:00–18:00 CET

  • 15
    COURSE 3

    Self-guided study

  • 16
    COURSE 3

    Training, 14:00–17:00 CET

If you have any questions, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.