Virtual exchange

Internationalisation through virtual exchange

On this page you will find links with inspiration, tools and examples of internationalisation through virtual exchange

Virtual international exchange in courses, so-called COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) typically involve the co-development of a course module by at least two teachers from different countries/institutions, in order for the students to gain international and intercultural learning on a common area of focus. Through the use of Internet-based tools and innovative online pedagogies, COIL fosters meaningful exchanges between university-level teachers and students with peers in geographically distant locations and from different linguacultural backgrounds. 

Students learn about new approaches to old problem solving. Digital technology is used to bridge the distance that separates countries and partners. Forms of interaction can include online discussion groups, videoconferences, class to class meetings, and online workgroup projects.  The projects can vary in length and format, from semester length projects to projects lasting only a few weeks, and from synchronous to asynchronous communication.

COIL fosters Internationalisation at Home and provides an internationalisation that is sustainable and inclusive. During 2020, Linnaeus University provides strategic internationalisation funds for COIL-projects carried out with Linnaeus University international partner institutions.

What is virtual exchange/COIL and how do you go about it?

Alastair Creelman, e-learning specialist at the university library explains in this webinar what virtual exchange ist and Malgorzata Kurek from Jagiellonian University in Poland provides good examples, tips and advise on how to go about virtual exchange.

See the webinar here (in English)

PPT Virtual Exchange - challenges and opportunities (Alastair Creelman, UB.

PPT Virtual Exchange - practical tips (Malgorzata Kurek, Jagiellonian University).