Meeting with members of the European Parliament, Brussels (February 2019)
On February 6 2019, the Virtual Exchange projects EVALUATE, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange and EVOLVE gave presentations together in the workshop “Virtual Exchange for digital skills and global citizenship” at the European Parliament in Brussels. The workshop was organised by MEP Yana Toom on the occasion of her recent report on Digital Education in Europe. The event was attended by approximately 45 MEPs and stakeholders from other organisations with offices in Brussels. This included members of the Commission, the German DAAD and the European Students Union. Robert O’Dowd, Sarah Guth, José Díez Verdejo, Pilar Garcés (Ministry Castilla y León, Spain) and Sake Jager presented the state-of-the-art of VE in Europe reporting from the projects in which they are involved.
Sarah Guth and José Díez Verdejo introduced VE and presented results from the groundbreaking Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project.
Robert O’Dowd presented the results of the EVALUATE Project which he is coordinating and Pilar Garcés, director general of universities in Castilla y León, explained how her public authority was using the outcomes of EVALUATE to integrate Virtual Exchange in their policy development.
Sake Jager, as project coordinator of EVOLVE, had selected the motto “digital is the new international” for his presentation, pointing out that VE is not yet well known in Higher Education, neither as a tool in digital education nor as a tool for internationalisation. He believes that digitalisation and internationalisation strategies and policies should be further integrated to reap the benefits of this innovative educational practice, which practitioners worldwide are beginning to embrace as a form of collaborative online international learning.
EVOLVE project meeting in Malmö, Sweden, January 2019
The second transnational meeting of the EVOLVE project took place at Malmö University in Malmö, Sweden on January 28-29. This meeting allowed the team to take stock of the training, recruitment, research and dissemination that had been carried out during the project’s first year. The meeting began with progress reports and discussion led by each of the work package leaders. This was followed by reports on findings and lessons learned from other concurrent projects and programs on virtual exchange, including the EVALUATE project (Robert O’Dowd) and Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange (Francesca Helm) and how these experiences could inform EVOLVE going forward.
The second day consisted of focused working groups tasked with finalizing the research protocols, strategizing promotion and institutional recruitment plans for the second round of training, developing data storing and coding procedures, identifying synergies between EVOLVE and Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, and preparing for the meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels the following week. Also taking place on the afternoon was a clarifying discussion of the nature and original of virtual exchange. The project meeting concluded with a report on the draft of the baseline study, and a discussion of conference and dissemination plans.
What is Virtual Exchange (VE)? How is it relevant for Higher Education today? And how does EVOLVE support developing it further? Watch these videos to hear the team experts’ views on VE and EVOLVE.
EVOLVE (Evidence-Validated Online Learning through Virtual Exchange) aims to mainstream Virtual Exchange (VE) as an innovative form of collaborative international learning across disciplines in Higher Education (HE) institutions in Europe and beyond.
EVOLVE organises training, research and policy making activities to bring Virtual Exchange to the attention of stakeholders in HE institutions in the Coimbra Group and SGroup university networks and VE partners around the world.
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The EVOLVE baseline study on the awareness and use of Virtual Exchange (VE) in Higher Education across Europe was recently completed. The study targeted universities belonging to the Coimbra Group and SGroup university networks, but we also received responses from...
In a collaboration of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, EVALUATE and EVOLVE projects, the UNICollaboration organisation is holding the next ONLINE virtual exchange partnering fair on Thursday, February 28 at 11:00 Central European Time. The fair is aimed at educators...
What is virtual exchange?
Virtual Exchange (VE) refers to education programmes or activities in which constructive communication and interaction takes place between individuals or groups who are geographically separated and/or from different cultural backgrounds, with the support of educators or facilitators.
A network of exchanges
The EVOLVE partners work closely together with institutions from the Coimbra Group and SGroup university networks to mainstream Virtual Exchange as innovative educational practice in Higher Education. This maps presents an overview of (past) exchanges from the partners in our network, and includes exchanges set up by participants of our training. Each line symbolizes an exchange: click on the line and then on the pop-up link to get more information about a specific exchange.
Click here to view a list with a summary of all exchanges.