VE Project Design

Course Description

Virtual Exchange Project Design is designed for educators in higher education who have taken part in the Introductory course or have some previous experience with Virtual Exchange (VE). The course will take participants through the steps required to design and implement a successful VE project. Therefore, it is aimed at educators who have already established a partnership and have a general idea of the primary aims of the VE they would like to carry out. However, in certain cases, individual educators are also welcomed to participate, providing that they have a clear idea of a project they would like to develop. Support staff such as technical staff and international relations staff are also welcome. The training will start with an explanation about the logistics, moving on to the learning objectives and the tasks and tools needed to meet these. At the end of the training, participants will have produced a VE project outline including the design of the task(s)/or the task sequence they would like their learners to engage with during their exchange. Trainees will be ready to implement their exchange, usually in the following semester.

Course Format

  • Five weeks, in English
  • Materials, assignments, and asynchronous activities take place in our online platform
  • Weekly (5 total) 90-minute video meetings via Zoom at approximately 15:00 CET (UTC +1) [Actual days and times will be provided to those who register.]

Participation Expectations

This an interactive course. That is, you will be engaged throughout with other participants and with our trainers via discussions, readings, and short activities in addition to the weekly meetings. You can expect to spend 4-5 hours per week engaging with the materials, completing short tasks, and participating in the weekly meetings.

Trainers

Dr. Mirjam Hauck is Associate Head for Internationalisation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University/UK and a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on the use of technologies for the learning and teaching of languages and cultures, in virtual exchange contexts in particular. Her work covers aspects such as learner and teacher autonomy, intercultural communicative competence and critical digital literacy. She presents regularly at conferences, seminars and workshops worldwide. She is the President of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language.

Dr. Rita Koris is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of International Studies at the Catholic University in Hungary where she teaches courses of English for specific purposes. She has been teaching English business communication courses for more than ten years now and has been involved in several VE projects with US and European partners. Before teaching, she worked as a business consultant for several multinational companies in Hungary, Italy, USA, Ireland. She was a co-trainer for the Advanced Training within the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange pilot project.

Cost & Registration

EUR 300 per person, payable via PayPal or bank transfer. Click here to register and pay.

FAQs

What’s included?

  • Access to the online learning platform where all of the course materials are housed and where you will interact with the trainers and the other participants
  • Curated collection of resources: reading material, videos, and information about tech tools
  • Weekly, interactive meetings (not webinars). The format will vary and may include an invited guest expert on a VE topic.
  • Two experienced VE practitioners as your expert trainers who will moderate the course and assist you throughout
  • Opportunity to earn a digital badge or a certificate of participation (upon successful completion of all course requirements)
  • Enrollment in our online Community of Practice space upon completion of the course

Do I need to have a VE partner in order to take this course?

No, but it is preferable.

What if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us at training@unicollaboration.org.

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