This is a 5-week, fully online course during which participants become familiar with the various models for leveraging technologies to bring students from different cultures together, a teaching and learning methodology known as Virtual Exchange (VE). Additionally, participants learn about the requirements for designing and implementing a successful VE within a course that they teach regularly and begin developing their own project plan to conduct a virtual exchange.  Although preferred, having an established partner for the VE project is not a prerequisite for participation in this course.

We estimate that you will need 3-4 hours per week during weeks 1-4 and 4-5 hours during week 5 to complete the components of this course. This includes the weekly 90-minute video meetings.


Originally designed and taught for the University of Florida in February 2019

This introductory course is designed for those who have little or no experience with Virtual Exchange. It is aimed at educators and administrative/technical staff in higher education. The training will engage participants in understanding what virtual exchange entails through considerations of why and how a virtual dimension that focuses on intercultural learning and developing other soft skills may be successfully integrated into existing courses and curricula. Participants will reflect on how VE might also be developed as a standalone project in certain contexts. Tasks will take into consideration the challenges that the various stakeholders might encounter within their roles. Finally, participants will gain experience in, and be asked to reflect upon, digital literacies through communicating and collaborating online via synchronous and asynchronous means, thereby experiencing virtual exchange with international colleagues firsthand.

This course is designed for those who are in a role of promoting and supporting virtual exchange at their institutions. Participants will learn “the vocabulary of virtual exchange”, be exposed to several technologies in common use in virtual exchange, work to discern where virtual exchange fits within their specific institutional context, identify potential champions in their midst, and draft a Plan for Promoting, Supporting, and Sustaining VE in their organization.

No prior experience with virtual exchange is required.

This course is designed for those who are in a role of promoting and supporting virtual exchange at their institutions. Participants will learn “the vocabulary of virtual exchange”, be exposed to several technologies in common use in virtual exchange, work to discern where virtual exchange fits within their specific institutional context, identify potential champions in their midst, and draft a Plan for Promoting, Supporting, and Sustaining VE in their organization.

No prior experience with virtual exchange is required.