Who should attend
The workshop is mainly intended for professors interested in implementing virtual exchange projects within their courses. Support staff members from information technology teams, global engagement teams, and centers for teaching and learning, are welcome to attend.
About the course
Many institutions of higher education leverage virtual approaches to international engagement as a way to reach a larger population of students in more equitable ways. Virtual Exchange/Collaborative Online International Learning (VE/COIL) is a well-established pedagogy in this area, with a growing number of practitioners around the world. Successful implementations of VE projects require careful planning and solid training of the educators who facilitate the projects.
This professional development workshop trains professors interested in implementing virtual exchange projects in their classes. As you are exposed to the main features of VE pedagogy, you will gain direct experience with the tools, techniques, challenges and opportunities encountered during a VE project. At the end of the workshop you will be able to address the planning and implementation of virtual exchange projects from multiple perspectives: technological, pedagogical, linguistic, and intercultural.
The three-week VE training workshop is offered in a virtual format. You must commit to a series of online, asynchronous activities, including readings and discussions. Activities are structured in four modules, requiring an overall time commitment of approximately twenty hours, including three synchronous meetings, ranging between 1-2 hours.
The purpose of the Virtual Exchange (VE) workshop is to support instructors who will be teaching courses in collaborative online environments with international partners. Approximately one percent of college students in the United States study abroad, and some students may not have the opportunity to travel overseas while juggling the demands of school, work, and family as they complete their degrees. VE environments enhance cross-cultural and international understanding for students and instructors alike. In addition, they add a global perspective to course subject matter and help students and instructors develop valuable virtual global collaboration skills.
By the end of the training, participants will be able to:
- Articulate key aspects and benefits of VE projects.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses of example VE projects.
- Identify strategies for achieving successful linguistic interactions with partners abroad.
- Articulate and analyze how values, communication styles, and culture impact and inform intercultural collaboration.
- Develop VE project learning outcomes that are student-centered, concise, and measurable.
- Create online, collaborative activities and leverage appropriate instructional technologies.
The virtual exchange workshop will lead you through essential pedagogical and technological aspects of virtual exchange, as described below:
- What is Virtual Exchange?
- Why VE?
- Learning outcomes for VE
- Quality standards for VE
- VE examples
- Partnerships for your VE project
Meeting 1 (via Zoom): Faculty Panel. Interactive Discussion: Common VE Breakdowns
Module 2: Intercultural Considerations
- Readings on intercultural communication
- Specific cultural differences that can create challenges for VE projects
Module 3: Language Considerations
- English language variation around the world
- English as Lingua Franca
- Practical strategies for achieving successful linguistic interactions with partners abroad
Meeting 2 (via Zoom): Small Group Discussion
Module 4: Metacognition and Next Steps
- The importance of metacognition in terms of learning and reflection
- Project planning tips
- Assessment in VE
Meeting 3 (via Zoom): Small Group Discussion: VE cultural-challenge scenarios
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