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How to successfully design and implement your virtual co-designed international collaboration (autumn 2024)

Registration deadline: November 15, 2024

Do you have experience with VIS and want to find out more? Have you been sitting on an idea for an international collaboration, but you’re not quite sure how to take it to the next level? This intensive training could be a great opportunity for you to workshop your idea and get it into shape ready to be executed efficiently and seamlessly. Our experienced trainers can help you refine your idea step-by-step using real life examples of past scenarios, seeing the opportunities and also the challenges you may face when undertaking an international VIS project. You will learn how to define learning outcomes, design different types of tasks, select appropriate tools, and consider forms of assessment. You’ll feel confident to take yours forward following our expert advice. 

What to expect? 

The training comprises four half-day sessions. Each half-day session focuses on a different module each time.

Session 1: Establishing learning goals for co-designed collaborative projects (November 27, 9:00-13:00)
Participants will be drafting, sharing, discussing and receiving feedback on learning goals for their collaborative projects. These goals will be revisited throughout the following weeks, as they are likely to change and evolve during the training course. Anonymized examples with comments from previous projects will be available as a source of inspiration. Participants will also start working on their project plan using a template provided.

Session 2: Developing collaborative activities and task sequences (November 29, 9:00-13:00)
Participants find out about common steps in collaborative projects. The steps are, in fact, a series of activities designed to help students familiarize and engage with each other, the content of the collaborative projects and the learning environment.

Session 3: Tools and technologies to support co-designed international collaboration (December 6, 9:00-13:00)

Participants deepen their knowledge of tools and applications which are popular in co-designed collaborative projects to be able to make pedagogically-informed technology choices. The focus is on those technologies that promote meaningful interaction and collaboration among students rather than superficial exchanges. Following the principle of “experiential learning”, participants will try out the tools and apps they have selected for their co-designed projects and share the insights they have gained, including the rationale behind their technology choices.

Session 4: Towards a complete project plan (December 13, 9:00-13:00)
Participants continue to “workshop” their project ideas using the template they have been given in week 1. They prepare a mini presentation of the outline of their co-designed project including the following: duration, learning goal(s), mains step/activities, and chosen technologies. The focus is on the potential challenges associated with each of these elements. They will seek specific feedback on challenges they have identified while developing their project plans, and jointly work on ways these challenges can be addressed during the implementation of their projects.

What will you get out of it? 

By taking this training, participants will: 

  • Deepen their understanding of the Virtual Exchange pedagogy and be able to position it in their VIS project;  
  • Understand the role of virtual international collaborations in supporting intercultural exchange, collaboration and the development of students’ transversal skills; 
  • Consider the main features and components of co-designed virtual international collaborations and select the appropriate approach for their own projects; 
  • Understand the process (and steps) of creating and implementing co-designed virtual online collaboration projects, including defining learning outcomes, designing different types of tasks, selecting appropriate tools, and considering forms of assessment ; 
  • Understand the potential challenges of creating and implementing co-designed virtual online collaboration projects, and be able to work out solutions during the implementation phase of the virtual online collaboration projects.   


Are you interested? Then register before November 15, 2024. You can choose from a Dutch or English training on four mornings on November 27 and 29, December 6 and 13 from 9:00-13:00 (language offered depending on registration). Participation is free of charge, if you have a valid VIS ID. We look forward to your participation!

Please note that only one person from each VIS project may attend one of the available training courses for teachers. So consider carefully which training course interests you. If you want to register, keep your VIS project ID at hand.


Do you have a question? Or do you want to be sure if this training suits you? Email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.