The EVOLVE project team is pleased to announce that the research report The Impact of Virtual Exchange on Student Learning in Higher Education is now available from our website. 

Our research team has looked into 16 exchange projects between 34 partners from HEIs in Europe and other parts of the globe.  We have studied the impact of Virtual Exchange on student learning by researching students’ general perceptions and appreciation of VE as well as the development of intercultural competences, critical digital literacy, language skills and disciplinary skills and knowledge

The results of our cross-sectional, quantitative and qualitative study provide clear evidence of a strong positive impact of VE overall on student learning, both in terms of perception and appreciation, and in terms of the learning outcomes attained. 

The study also presents several critical factors of design and implementation, which affect these results either negatively or positively. 

Chapters and authors: 

  • Introduction, Research Methodology, Overview of Retrieved Data – Sake Jager (University of Groningen), Elke Nissen (Université Grenoble Alpes) 
  • Students’ General Perceptions – Elke Nissen, Catherine Felce, and Catherine Muller (Université Grenoble Alpes)
  • Development of Intercultural Competences – Robert O’Dowd (University of León), Catherine Muller (Université Grenoble Alpes), Begoña Fernandez Gutierrez (University of León) 
  • Development of Critical Digital Literacy – Mirjam Hauck, Linda Plowright-Pepper (Open University, UK) and Teresa MacKinnon (University of Warwick) 
  • Development of Language Skills – Shannon Sauro (Malmö University) and Catherine Felce (Université Grenoble Alpes) 
  • Development of Disciplinary Skills and Knowledge – Sake Jager, Juan Albá Duran and Gerdientje Oggel (University of Groningen)
  • General Discussion and Conclusion – Elke Nissen (Université Grenoble Alpes) and Sake Jager (University of Groningen)

The full report may be found here. 

An overview of all research reports is available here:

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