Virtual Exchange: Learning outcomes and students’ experiences

Virtual Exchange: Next Steps in University Education
Virtual Event 2, 25 September 2020

Three major European initiatives about Virtual Exchange, EVOLVEErasmus+ Virtual Exchange and NICE have come together to organise a series of virtual events on the current state and future directions of Virtual Exchange in Higher Education and its relevance in the light of the COVID19 pandemic.

In a global educational context which is increasingly characterised by an interest in internationalisation at home and considering the impact of the current COVID19 pandemic on international student mobility, Virtual Exchange offers universities a powerful complement to physical mobility programmes.

These events will offer members of the Higher Education community an opportunity not only to learn about the basic principles of Virtual Exchange, but also to become informed about different Virtual Exchange initiatives which are currently underway to promote this approach to learning in Europe and to provide evidence of its effectiveness in university contexts. The different sessions will therefore be of interest to university management, educational policy makers as well as university faculty members across disciplines.

The events include contributions by Virtual Exchange practitioners, university decision makers, faculty and students from each of the participating projects. This will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of this fascinating activity. The virtual events include opportunities for questions and answers on the themes which emerge during the event.

Key questions which will be discussed during these virtual events include the following:

  • What is the current level of impact and up-take of Virtual Exchange in European higher education?
  • In what ways is Virtual Exchange being implemented by European universities?
  • What can research tell us about the contribution of Virtual Exchange to student learning?
  • What barriers exist to the implementation of Virtual Exchange?
  • What are students’ and teachers’ experiences of Virtual Exchange?
  • How do university decision makers view Virtual Exchange? What role do they see it having in the future?

The second Virtual Event on Friday 25 September 2020, 12:00 PM (noon) CEST focuses on:

Learning outcomes and students’ experiences 

Registration for this event has closed. Registered participants should have received the link to the Zoom meeting on Wednesday 23 September. 
The full programme is available below.
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Virtual Exchange: Learning outcomes and students’ experiences

EVOLVE Virtual Event, in collaboration with NICE and Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Date: Friday 25 September 2020
Time: 12:00 PM (noon) – 1:15 PM CEST

Introduction and welcome
Sarah Guth, University of Padova
UNICollaboration President, Consortium member Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Presentations on impact and student experiences from the three participating projects

Student voices from Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange  
Francesca Helm, University of Padova, researcher EVE project
Shadi Shahbaz and Diletta Brazzale, EVE alumni

Impact on student learning in EVOLVE
Elke Nissen, Grenoble Alpes University, EVOLVE research team leader

Educator and student experiences in the Reading the City project
Malin Glimang, Malmö University, educator
Katarzyna Radke,  Adam Mickiewicz University, educator
Cecilia Magadan,  Universidad Nacional de San Martin, educator
Nataliia Khoma, Polish student
Nicolás Fernández, Argentinian student

Student work and student experiences in NICE
Justine Seran, University of Edinburgh,  projects advisor virtual exchange and short-term mobility,
Jackson Thein, US student
Marcin Maniak, Polish student

Audience Q&A session
Questions from the chat and Q & A, answered by the presenters

Registration for this event has closed. Registered participants should have received the link to the Zoom meeting on Wednesday 23 September. Please contact if you have not received your link.  

Save the date!
The final virtual event in our series will be:

Virtual Event 3: How can universities move Virtual Exchange forward? Policies and strategies
30 October 2020, 12:00 PM (noon) CET

Separate registration will be available for this event.

Previous event 1: Information and a recording of our first event “Implementing Virtual Exchange in European Higher Education: Different Approaches and Initiatives” can be found at


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