Perspectives on the Euro(pean) crisis

This multilateral telecollaboration project which started piloting in October 2013 involves 8 European universities, and has been set up and is being run by the Sharing Perspectives Foundation, a young organization based in the Netherlands which has been set up purely to promote virtual exchange.

‘ Perspectives on the Euro(pean) crisis’ allows universities across Europe to work together in order to present one online curriculum on the Euro(pean crisis. The program gives students the opportunity to collaboratively learn about the political, economic and social challenges within the European Union and the Euro-zone and to conduct research together to gain a better understanding of sensitivities surrounding these challenges.
Moreover, the program stimulates and facilitates the exchange of perspectives on the financial and political crises in the European Union between students and academia across the participating countries.

The exchange is designed to stimulate understanding of viewpoints on issues of the Euro(pean) crisis between participants from different European countries. The aim is to strengthen the common European identity and feeling of European citizenship of the participants by having them discuss the issues that divide them. It is believed this will lead to a stronger sense of empathy and respect for their diversity.


Questo scambio ha coinvolto studenti dall&#39 Università di Padova (terzo anno del corso di Laurea in Mediazione Linguistica e Culturale) e studenti dall&#39 Università di Innbsbruck (Austria) iscritti a un corso di Cultural Studies. Per entrambi i gruppi, l&#39 inglese era la lingua di studio ed è stat perciò usata come Lingua Franca.

Gli obiettivi del corso erano molteplici: dare agli studenti la possibilità di sviluppare e/o manifestare competenza comunicativa interculturale attraverso l&#39 interazione con studenti da diversi backgrounds culturali, nazionali e linguistici migliorare le abilità linguistiche attraverso la partecipazione in discussioni content-based in inglese e stimolare competenze digitali attraverso l&#39 uso di una varietà di strumenti digitali (come, ad esempio, wikis, blogs, Facebook, Skype, wallwisher, Fotobabble ecc…)


This exchange involved students majoring in Mediazione Linguistica e Culturale at the University of Padova (Italy) and first- and second year students attending a course in Cultural Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). For both groups English was the foreign language of their studies, and was therefore used as a lingua franca.

The aims of the project were three-fold: providing students with opportunities to develop and/or manifest intercultural communicative competence through interaction with people from a different cultural, national and language background perfecting the learners&#39 language skills through content-based interaction in English and fostering their ‘ new online literacies’ through the use of a variety of Web-based tools (e.g. wikipage,
Facebook, Skype, Wallwisher, Fotobabble etc..).

Transatlantic Translations

The Trans-Atlantic project is a loose network of European universities in Finland, Italy, France, Denmark and Belgium working with two universities in the USA. It is a &#39 grassroots network&#39 which connects technical writing students in the USA with students of translation studies across Europe. In this project students dialogue to communicate on a text, negotiate and mediate the text into an appropriate form for the target audience.

The aim was for atudents of technical writing to have experience in preparing texts for translation and localization and working with translators, and students of translation to gain experience at working with source texts and their authors, most of whom are subject matter experts but not experts in writing.

Pre-mobility eTandem

This eTandem project was set up between students in the US two months before they left for a mobility program to Padova in Italy and university students in Padova who had signed up for an eTandem project to improve their English.

The project was intended to have students doing activities in pairs, as in traditional eTandem, but also to try to form a group with, for example, forum discussions. A Moodle site was set up to provide prompts for pair discussion but also a group dialogue space and also a container to gather reflective diaries and student feedback.

Soliya Connect Program

The objectives of the Soliya Connect Program telecollaboration project are for participants to develop a deeper understanding of the perspectives of others around the world on important socio-political issues, and also to develop critical thinking, intercultural communication and media literacy skills. Each iteration of the project connects over 200 students from over 30 different universities in the US, Europe and the predominantly Arab and/or Muslim worlds, who are placed into small groups of 8-10 students and guided through a 9-week, English language dialogue program by pairs of trained facilitators.

The project was not developed for learning English, but rather for students of Political Science, Conflict Resolution, Media Studies in 2003. As it has expanded, groups of students have participated as part of their English language courses. This is a form of &#39 outsourced&#39 telecollaboration project whereby universities can enrol students for the Connect Program
which is managed by the NGO Soliya.