Launching virtual exchange at your institution

Due to popular demand, the virtual exchange training course is back with expert trainers and hands-on tips to implement and improve online teaching and learning at your institution. Join fellow trainees on 11 & 13 March to explore case studies and various models of virtual exchange that could suit your institution's curriculum.

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 interact and work side by side using digital technologies. 

Virtual exchange has great potential to foster essential 21st-century employability skills, including information and digital literacy, problem-solving and communication skills, global awareness, empathy, critical and analytical thinking, foreign language skills and intercultural competences. In times of reduced international mobility, it provides a crucial additional tool for institutions’ international programmes. Additionally, it plays a significant role in Blended Mobility and Blended Intensive Programmes which have recently gained much attention in higher education contexts.

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 
  • Recognise the key success factors for integrating and promoting virtual exchange in your institution 
  • Understand how virtual exchange can be integrated into internationalisation programmes and can be combined effectively with physical mobility and blended mobility initiatives 
  • Develop practical approaches to encourage, advise and support academics to use virtual exchange in their teaching. 

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

  • 11
    Day one

    Training, 14:00–17:30 CET

  • 12

    Self-guided study

  • 13
    Day two

    Training, 14:00–17:00 CET