JVE announces the publication of its first Special Issue Vol 3 (2020)! 

Research Methods on Virtual Exchange: Frameworks and Challenges, edited by Marco Cappellini (Aix Marseille Université), Müge Satar (Newcastle University), and Christelle Combe (Aix Marseille Université). 

In the Editorial, the guest editors identify the pressing need for more exploration into bringing together different research traditions, methodologies, and approaches. Given that one of the main aims of the JVE is the promotion of interdisciplinary work, we hope that practitioners and researchers will feel encouraged to explore these areas further!
In their contribution Approaches to researching digital-pedagogical competence development in VE-based teacher education, Mirjam Hauck, Andreas Müller-Hartmann, Bart Rienties, and Jekaterina Rogaten draw on the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework by Mishra and Koehler (2006) and Schmidt, Baran, Thompson, Koehler, & Mishra, (2009) and present a mixed-method approach to their analysis of data from the EVALUATE project.
The article Exploring affective barriers in virtual exchange: the telecollaborative foreign language anxiety scale by Marta Fondo, Pedro Jacobetty tackles issues such as affect barriers and anxiety in VE, which are timely themes in today’s situation of COVID-19.
The interview with CMC/VE “veterans” Bryan Smith and Melinda Dooly Telecollaboration and virtual exchange between practice and research: a conversation presents a wide range of insights into terminological discussions in the field, practical issues for starters, transdisciplinarity, and plurilingual and plurimodal perspectives.

JVE Updated! Please check out UNICollaboration’s Journal of Virtual Exchange (JVE) which was recently redesigned and relocated to University of Groningen Press, the Open Access portal at one of our partner institutes.

The UNICollaboration publications officers are:

  • Carolin Fuchs, First publications officer, Northeastern University, USA
  • Müge Satar, Second publications officer, Newcastle University, UK

The publications team comprises in addition:

  • Jennifer Claro, Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Melinda Dooly, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Gabriel Guillén, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, USA
  • Stella Hadjistassou, University of Cyprus
  • Cecilia Kennedy, Pearson Publishing, USA
  • Sabela Melchor-Couto, University of Roehampton, UK
  • Justine Meyr, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
  • Breffni O’Rourke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

More info:

The publications team is in charge of publications by the UNICollaboration team, including setting up and running the online open-source journal Journal of Virtual Exchange.

Please get in touch with us at the email address above if you are interested in being part of the publications team.

Journal of Virtual Exchange

Journal of Virtual Exchange (JVE) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal aimed at practitioners and researchers in the field known variously as telecollaboration, virtual exchange, or online intercultural exchange. It is the official journal of UniCollaboration, the international academic organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting telecollaboration and virtual exchange in higher education.


The field of technology and language learning is well served by existing research journals. However, telecollaboration and virtual exchange are driven in the first place by energetic and creative practitioners from interdisciplinary fields, whose work is often less well served by existing journals. This journal will provide a peer-reviewed outlet for systematic reports and careful reflection on innovative work in the field. Contributions are intended to function as inspiration for other practitioners and researchers, but also as a starting-point for further theoretical dialogue.


By focusing on practice reports, the editors aim:

  • to recognise practice as the core of the telecollaborative community of practice;
  • to build up a corpus of reports on telecollaborative practice which may (i) inspire further work, and (ii) provide a resource for further research;
  • to give recognition and publication opportunities to practitioners who may not be (primarily) researchers or who may be novice researchers;
  • to encourage the practitioner-contributors to pursue research paths through the expert responses.


Frequency: The journal will initially appear on a rolling basis. The UniCollaboration first and second research officers will be the general editors, while each issue will be edited by at least two other members of the publications team.

Keynote Articles: Keynote contributions have wide latitude as to their form, style, and content. The key requirement is that they should have a broader, synthesising focus than regular research papers or practice reports. Appropriate formats include, but are not limited to: state-of-the-art articles, meta-analyses, innovative theoretical perspectives, and programmatic essays. A keynote article should be a maximum of 8,000 words in length.

Research Articles: Research papers should report on empirical research into virtual exchange. They must be clearly situated within a critical review of existing literature, and must make explicit their theoretical framework and research methodology. The journal welcomes submissions from any established or persuasively defended theoretical and methodological orientation. A research article should be a maximum of 8,000 words in length.

Practice Reports: A practice report provides a detailed, critical account of the design, running and evaluation of an innovative virtual exchange project. The project should not be simply a replication of projects reported elsewhere in the literature: it should be original or, if closely based on an existing project or design, incorporate significant adaptations (e.g., to design or to context of application). A practice report should be a maximum of 4,000 words in length.

Journal of Virtual Exchange will also consider submissions in non-traditional formats: video, audio, hypertext, multimedia, and so on. Such submissions will be assessed by the editors for their scholarly interest to the journal’s readership, but also for the creativity with which they exploit the affordances of the online environment. Content that might be suitable for such formats includes, but is not limited to, interviews, book reviews, and software reviews.

Other publications

Jager, S.; Kurek, M.; O’Rourke, B. (Eds). (2016). New directions in telecollaborative research and practice: selected papers from the second conference on telecollaboration in higher education. Dublin Ireland:

O’Dowd, R., & O’Rourke,B. (2019). New developments in virtual exchange for foreign language education. Language Learning & Technology, 23(3), 1–7.

O’Dowd, R., & Lewis, T. (Eds.). (2016). Online intercultural exchange: Policy, pedagogy, practice. London: Routledge. More info: Publisher’s site.

Turula, A.; Kurek, M.; Lewis, T.(Eds). (2019). Telecollaboration and virtual exchange across disciplines: in service of social inclusion and global citizenship.