This 4-week online course will introduce the concept of virtual exchange, present the various exchange activities in the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project, and give participants the experience of participating in online facilitated dialogue sessions. Basic Training is open to anyone who might be involved in promoting and/or implementing Erasmus+ Virtual Exchanges, including educators, youth workers, international relations officers, and technical staff.
(Collaborative Design) for partners who have never implemented a virtual exchange before and would like to develop an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange within their own specific contexts. The training guides future teams through the process of designing a joint curriculum that meets the goals and aims of EVE. This includes negotiating content; setting learning objectives; identifying topics for discussions that stimulate the sharing of different perspectives; logistics; developing a shared syllabus/project; using portfolios for assessment and research; badges and recognition; and data protection. It also aims to engage partners in a learning-by-doing process, where they position themselves in the place of the students who will be engaged in the exchange. Two courses will be held: one for university contexts and one for youth organisation contexts. Participants will be encouraged to follow the training at least one semester or several months before they plan to implement their exchange in order to allow sufficient time for collaborative design.
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INTERCULTURAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES
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What is Virtual Exchange?
“Technology-enabled people-to-people dialogues
sustained over a period of time”.
● Use of new media platforms to enable deep, interactive social
● Developed over 30 years from experience in the field of educational
exchange and study abroad
● Making it possible for every young person to have meaningful,
transnational and intercultural experiences.
● Prepares, deepens, and extends physical exchanges, and fuels new
demand for physical exchange.
What is Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange?
● Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is a groundbreaking pilot project
established by the European Commission in 2018.
● Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange aims to expand the reach and scope of
the Erasmus+ programme through virtual exchanges by engaging at
least 17,000 youth by the end of 2019.
● This project will complement the traditional physical mobility
● An accessible, innovative way for young people in Europe and the
Southern Mediterranean to engage in meaningful intercultural
experiences online, as part of their formal or non-formal education.
Open to any young person aged 18-30 residing in Erasmus+
programme countries and the Southern Mediterranean.
● Young people (aged 18 to 30 years)
● Youth workers
● Higher education professors
● University managers/administrators
Different models of virtual exchange
Exchanges implemented by the consortium
● Multi-partner large-scale exchanges where young persons can
either sign up to participate directly, or more commonly enrol
through their institution
Exchanges implemented with support of the consortium
● Grassroots, smaller exchanges embedded into existing courses
by educators with support of the consortium and facilitators,
after being trained.
Formats, length, time investment, thematic scope or number of
participants differ while they all adhere to the key components of
Exchanges & Training
existing Virtual Exchange programmes with
established curricula that students and youth
can participate in
professional development for professors,
youth leaders and support staff to develop
their own Virtual Exchanges
Online Facilitated Dialogue Training to Develop VE Projects
Interactive Open Online Courses Facilitation Training
Debate Exchanges Training to be a Debate Team Leader
Two or more professors from different countries connect
to add an international and intercultural dimension to
their already-existing courses
The professors and their support
teams work together to develop:
● shared learning outcomes
● a syllabus for this new
With a focus on the development
of activities that promote:
● collaboration between
● The courses are usually blended
● They last 4-10 weeks
● They have at least 1 synchronous
● They can be implemented in any
subject or course
Learning by Doing
Basic Training: Introduction to Virtual Exchange (VE)
● Participants: anyone involved in promoting and/or implementing VE
● Topics: what is VE, models of VE, partnering in VE, Challenges in VE
● When: 4 weeks, 2-3 hours per week
Advanced Training: Collaborative VE Design
● Participants: partners who would like to develop a VE for the first time
● Topics: joint curriculum design, setting learning objectives, identifying
topics for discussion that stimulate the sharing of different perspectives,
logistics, collaborative project design
● When: 6 weeks, 3-4 hours per week