Member Projects

Below is the list of active international and European projects on telecollaboration and virtual exchange organized by members of UNICollaboration. If you are a member and wish to have a current project featured on this page, please contact info@unicollaboration.org with the following information about your project: Project title, dates of project, project logo, brief (max 250 word) description, web link.


EVALUATE

EVALUATE is a European Policy Experiment project funded by Erasmus+ Key Action 3.

This experimentation will evaluate the impact of telecollaborative learning on student-teachers involved in Initial Teacher Education in the participating European countries and regions. Telecollaboration, also commonly known as Virtual Exchange, involves engaging trainee teachers involved in Initial Teacher Education in task-based interaction and collaborative exchange with fellow trainees in other locations through online communication technologies.

The guiding research question for the study is: “Will participation in telecollaborative exchange contribute to the development of competences which future teachers need to teach, collaborate and innovate effectively in a digitalised and cosmopolitan world?”

For more information or to find out how you can get involved in the project, visit the project website: http://www.evaluateproject.eu/


 

EVOLVE

The University of Groningen has been awarded a 464,000 Euro grant from the European Forward Looking Cooperation Projects programme to mainstream Virtual Exchange as an innovative form of international learning in Higher Education institutions across Europe and beyond.

Virtual Exchange (VE) is a type of computer-mediated learning whereby students from geographically remote classes work together online (in pairs or small groups) on learning tasks developed by teachers and educational supporters from the participating institutions. There is an increasing interest in implementing VE to further internationalise educational programmes, but the feasibility and effectiveness of this form of collaborative online learning at institutional level have yet to be demonstrated to university leaders and policy makers in Europe. The EVOLVE project is set to achieve just that.

Partners

EVOLVE (Evidence-Based Online Learning through Virtual Exchange) is carried out by a consortium of universities (Groningen, León, Grenoble, Open University UK, Jan Dlugosz PL, Padova, Warwick, Malmö), two virtual exchange providers (Soliya and Sharing Perspectives Foundation) and two large university networks (Coimbra Group and Santander Group). The project is coordinated by Sake Jager, assistant professor in Applied Linguistics and project manager for ICT and Education at the Faculty of Arts.

Online training

The project will provide an innovative online training and coaching programme (‘Co-Laboratory’) for university educators and other facilitators planning to design and integrate VE in their courses. For recognition of competences and skills acquired, a digital accreditation system will be implemented based on the Open Badges standard. The training will initially be open to Coimbra Group and Santander Group members and their partners. In the final year of the project (2019-2020) the training will be offered to the public at large. The impact of the implemented VEs will be measured through state-of-the art research targeting outcomes at learner and educator level. The project results and findings will be shared with policy and decision makers in universities, university associations and national and European policy networks, thus raising awareness for VE and contributing to establishing it as an innovative educational practice.

More information

EVOLVE website: www.evolve-erasmus.eu

The project runs from 1 January 2018 to 31 July 2020. For more information about the project, you may contact the project manager, Dr. S. Jager: s.jager@rug.nl

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