Introduction to Virtual Exchange Training Information

Course Description

This introductory course is designed for those who have little or no experience with Virtual Exchange. It is aimed at educators and administrative/technical staff in higher education. We will engage participants in understanding what virtual exchange entails through considerations of why and how a virtual dimension that focuses on intercultural learning and developing other soft skills may be successfully integrated into existing courses and curricula. Participants will reflect on how VE might also be developed as a standalone project in certain contexts. Tasks will take into consideration the challenges that the various stakeholders might encounter within their roles. Finally, participants will gain experience in, and be asked to reflect upon, digital literacies through communicating and collaborating online via synchronous and asynchronous means, thereby experiencing virtual exchange with international colleagues firsthand.

Course Format

  • Four weeks, in English
  • Materials, assignments, and asynchronous activities take place in our online platform
  • Weekly (4 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

Ana Beaven teaches English as a Foreign Language at the University of Bologna (Italy) Language Centre. She was one of the lead UNICollaboration trainers with the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative. Her main areas of interest are intercultural language learning and teaching, virtual exchange, the use of technology for language learning, and Open Educational Resources. With Francesca Helm, she co-edited the open access book Designing and implementing virtual exchange – a collection of case studies (Research Publishing, 2020).

Gill Davies teaches English as a Foreign Language at the University of Padova (Italy). She has been a co-trainer for UNICollaboration with the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative. She is interested in virtual exchange and in the uses of technology to enhance language learning and teaching.

Cost & Registration

EU 250 per person, payable via PayPal, bank transfer, or invoice.

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.

What if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us at training@unicollaboration.org.

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