EUROCULTURE was one of the projects of ENVOIE (University of Groningen, Netherlands)


– Main objectives of the Virtual Exchange

Preparing students for the Intensive Programme (IP) Euroculture, the annual summerschool for all first year students from the 8 partner universities in Europe. The aims of the project were to increase and intensify the cooperation among the partner universities, to incorporate intercultural competencies in this course and, last but not least, to take more profit from the expertise from our colleagues in other universities.

– Targeted learning outcomes

  • Identify and discuss theoretical and methodological approaches, in particular social constructivism, which are central to the Euroculture programme;
  • Formulate a research proposal. and select appropriate methods to execute this research project;
  • Demonstrate how to value and make use of theoretical concepts in a research paper;
  • Select and manage information from a variety of sources, and evaluate often complex, insufficient or conflicting data;
  • Present the outcomes of independent research in both written and oral form;
  • Discuss and reflect on their own learning process in writing an academic paper.

– Global task description

  1. Students prepare through joint reading of the required literature in an online environment (Blackboard). Students are asked to pose clarification and discussion questions and answer questions posed by other students. A virtual discussion forum is attached to each video-clip where students are asked to share and discuss their insights.
  2. Students are divided into groups and asked to prepare a short presentation (pitch) on how the content of each video-clip informs the theme of their working group. These presentations take place at the start of each conference and provide a starting point for the discussion.
  3. Students prepare a written and oral peer review of a) abstract b) literature review c) methodological framework 4) paper draft. Meeting report that summarizes each peer-review session. 
  4. Students prepare written reports on a) research idea b) research design c) preliminary findings 
  5. At the end of the course, students present their findings at the Euroculture Intensive Program (summer school), which takes place each summer and is organized by one of the Euroculture partner universities.



Partner / department Course Language of instruction Number of students
University of Groningen, Netherlands Theory and Methodology; Euroculture Intensive Programme English 23
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland Theory and Methodology; Euroculture Intensive Programme English
University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain Theory and Methodology; Euroculture Intensive Programme English

Start and end date

February 2018 – June 2018


 15 weeks



Integration and assessment

Integration is achieved through innovative and joint cross-group activities of students based in three different European countries that are hosted at and disseminated through a virtual exchange platform. Joint assessment criteria were developed. 

Technology tools used

– Learning environment


– Collaboration tools

Google Hangout, Blackboard Collaborate

– Reflection tool