Launching virtual exchange at your institution

Thank you to those who attended this training. We hope you gained a lot from the sessions and learned all the ways that virtual exchange can suit your institution.

The course is led by experienced trainers Robert O'Dowd and Shannon Sauro and they will guide you through this hands-on course and give you the tools to deploy virtual exchange at your institution. This course comprises six hours of face-to-face learning and approximately two hours of self-guided study to be completed before the final learning 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 competencies. 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.  

If you have any questions about this course, please check the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Important dates

  • 21
    Virtual exchange

    Training, 14:00–17:30 CET

  • 22
    Virtual exchange

    Self-guided study

  • 23
    Virtual exchange

    Training, 14:00–17:00 CET