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What is virtual exchange

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A remix of Sarah's presentation of virtual exchange for the #socmedHE18 conference presentation: We have the technology!

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What is virtual exchange

  1. 1. Erasmus+Erasmus+ Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange INTERCULTURAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES Sarah Guth, President UNICollaboration Remix: T.MacKinnon @warwicklanguage 1
  2. 2. Erasmus+ 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 learning ● 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. 2
  3. 3. Erasmus+ 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 programme. ● 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. 3
  4. 4. Erasmus+ Target Audiences 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 ● Students ● Higher education professors ● University managers/administrators ● Educators https://europa.eu/youth/erasmusvirtual/who-can-take-part_en 4
  5. 5. Erasmus+ We have the technology! Today we will connect 2 conferences: #socmedHE and #ft30UK Open https://bit.ly/2VwG9dI And experience #virtualexchange Your participation matters! 5
  6. 6. Erasmus+Erasmus+ Activities INTERCULTURAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES 6
  7. 7. Erasmus+ Different models of virtual exchange 7 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 virtual exchange.
  8. 8. Erasmus+ Exchanges & Training 8 Exchanges existing Virtual Exchange programmes with established curricula that students and youth can participate in Training 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
  9. 9. Erasmus+ 9 Two or more professors from different countries connect to add an international and intercultural dimension to their already-existing courses
  10. 10. Erasmus+ 10 The professors and their support teams work together to develop: ● shared learning outcomes ● a syllabus for this new international component With a focus on the development of activities that promote: ● interaction ● collaboration between students
  11. 11. Erasmus+ 11 ● The courses are usually blended ● They last 4-10 weeks ● They have at least 1 synchronous video session ● They can be implemented in any subject or course
  12. 12. Erasmus+ Training Opportunities: 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 12

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