– Main objectives of the Virtual Exchange

Students practice with technology-mediated collaborative group work, peer support and giving and receiving constructive feedback;
Intercultural experience for students who not all have experience with a diverse group of students.

– Targeted learning outcomes

(1) developing competencies in technology-mediated collaborative work
(2) making a link between the exchange experience including reflection and a practical application of the theory discussed in class

– Global task description

During weekly video-conferencing sessions, two students from the University of Groningen and two students from Jyväskylä University discuss topics related to intercultural communication. They screen-record their meetings and upload the recordings for future use. Students are expected to reflect on their telecollaborative meetings. During seminars, it is discussed whether and how the students’ experiences relate to the content of the class, that is, how the theoretical concepts of intercultural communication can be mapped onto the weekly practice.


Partner / department Course Language of instruction Number of students
University of Groningen, Communication and Information Sciences Intercultural Communication English 64
University of Jyväskylä, Language and Communication Studies Introduction to Intercultural Communication English 51

Start and end date

4 February 2019 – 15 March 2019


6 weeks



Integration and assessment

During seminars students reported back on their Virtual Exchange (VE) encounters. Furthermore, they were asked to report on their seminar tasks during the VE meetings.
Participation was assessed by contribution and reflection, but these were not graded.

Technology tools used

– Learning environment

Google Classroom

– Collaboration tools

Google Hangouts Meet, WhatsApp (if the students want to), any tool students might choose themselves

– Reflection tool

Very short blog in Blackboard (University of Groningen students), Moodle (learning environment for University of Jyväskylä students)