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Virtual exchange for online international day

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A presentation of the activities around Virtual Exchange under Erasmus+ virtual exchange initiative prepared for the teaching conference in Israel, 13th March 2018.

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Virtual exchange for online international day

  1. 1. Virtual Exchange From language learning to interdisciplinary activity to connect learners. Teresa MacKinnon Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  2. 2. What is Virtual Exchange? “virtual exchanges are technology-enabled, sustained, people-to-people education programs.” (http://virtualexchangecoalition.org). Virtual exchange is a form of student-centred learning whereby students in geographically distant locations engage in dialogue with the aim of developing greater understanding of the ‘other’ and the ability to collaborate using online technologies.
  3. 3. Terminology • E-tandem • Telecollaboration (O’Dowd 2006; Dooly, 2008; Guth & Helm, 2010 ) • Online Intercultural Exchange (O’Dowd, 2007; O’Dowd & Lewis, 2016) • Globally networked learning (Starke-Meyerring and Wilson 2008) • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) (Rubin & Guth 2015) • Collaboratories (Wulf, 1989; Cogburn 2003) • Virtual Exchange (Exchange 2.0 coalition; European Parliament 2017)
  4. 4. Living in an Interdependent world • The world is increasingly interdependent and there is an urgent need to develop a deeper understanding of this interdependency and to address major global challenges through multilateral and intercultural collaboration
  5. 5. Being part of a Global ‘knowledge society’ • Intercultural, international and global competencies are required for employability in the global ‘knowledge society’. There is also a need for greater attention to notions such as critical global citizenship and civic engagement. “The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.” Washington Post, 2017
  6. 6. OECD: DeSeCo report
  7. 7. EVE consortium:
  8. 8. Consortium partners: Soliya https://www.soliya.net/programs/connect-program
  9. 9. Soliya connect program: Learning Objectives • Understanding: • Gain understanding of and empathy for the perspective/ narrative of others in the group - not only the positions taken or the opinions expressed, but the core issues, the underlying assumptions, values, needs and fears. • Develop a clearer understanding of own perspective, assumptions, values, identity etc, as well as one’s personal relationship with the issues. • Gain understanding on each other’s cultures and daily lives • Relationship-building: • Develop positive personal relationships with one another - not necessarily friendships, but relationships of mutual respect and understanding. • Change: • to genuinely re-examine and analyze pre-existing opinions and beliefs in a space in which transformation and reconsideration of existing views is possible.
  10. 10. From Unicollaborate.eu to Unicollaborate.org
  11. 11. Evaluate, Evolve  EVALUATE: Teacher education and virtual exchange  EVOLVE (Evidence-Based Online Learning through Virtual Exchange) will be carried out by a consortium of universities (Groningen, León, Grenoble, Open University UK, Jan Dlugosz PL, Padova, Warwick, Malmö), two virtual exchange providers (Soliya and Sharing Perspectives Foundation) and two large university networks (Coimbra Group and Santander Group)
  12. 12. 16.000 + Indirect beneficiaries across participating regions and communities. 8.000 + Direct youth participants from Europe and the South-Mediterranean. | EVE 2018 in numbers
  13. 13. | EVE Project Activities: FACILITATED DISCUSSIONS TRANSNATIONAL EVE PROJECTS ADVOCACY TRAINING MOOCs
  14. 14. https://www.unicollabora tion.org/index.php/eve/
  15. 15. Explore our padlet wall to find out more

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