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What is Telecollaboration?


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A brief introduction to Telecollaboration for the Compostela Group of Universities.

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What is Telecollaboration?

  1. 1. What is Telecollaboration? How can your university get started? Robert O'Dowd Universidad de León, Spain
  2. 2. In 2020, at least 20% of those graduating in the European Higher Education Area should have had a study or training period abroad. (Communiqué of the Conference of European Ministers Responsible for Higher Education, Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve, 28-29 April 2009) But what happens to the remaining 80%? European Commission Report: “European Higher Education in the world”: Higher education policies must …ensure that the large majority of learners who are not mobile… are nonetheless able to acquire the international skills required in a globalised world (2013:6)”
  3. 3. Telecollaboration: Intercultural Online Collaborative Learning in the classroom Telecollaboration involves virtual intercultural interaction and collaboration projects between classes in geographically distant locations under the guidance of educators. What’s in a name? •Virtual Exchange •COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) - •OIE (Online Intercultural Exchange) •eTandem, eTwinning
  4. 4. Telecollaboration – Online Intercultural Exchange Develops intercultural competence, FL skills and e-literacies Internationalisation of the classroom Authentic Intercultural Experiences for non-mobile students
  5. 5. Different set-ups which Telecollaboration can take 1. A Class of learners in Germany carry out collaborative tasks online with a class of learners in Ireland – using German and English 2. A class of students in Spain collaborate online with a class in USA. This is combined with week-long study visits by both groups to partner universities. 3. Before leaving on mobility programmes to the UK, students from Italy are ‘matched’ and interact online with British students planning to travel to Italy.
  6. 6. Example 1: A Bilingual Exchange between Foreign Language Learners
  7. 7. Example 2: Sharing Perspectives: Content & Exchange
  8. 8. Example 3: Virtual International Partners (VIPs) • Students planning Erasmus mobility are ‘matched’ with partners in country of destination • They interact with their partners based on task-sheets provided by International Office. • They submit final report on exchange. • Credit given in Erasmus application form
  9. 9. Where can your teachers find partners and get training in telecollaboration?
  10. 10. The Home of Telecollaborative Exchange for University Classrooms
  11. 11. If you choose ‘classes’ then you’ll be able to search or browse a list of classes which are interested in taking part in online exchange projects...
  12. 12. To learn more about how online exchanges work: Click on the ‘Training’ tab in the top menu bar. Here you’ll find accounts of different exchanges (‘Sample projects’) and information on how to set up and run an exchange (‘Training modules’)
  13. 13. Interested in finding out more about telecollaboration… • Contact: – – See this presentation again: • Read our Report on Telecollaboration in Europe: – – INTENT Project news: