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Introduction to virtual co-designed international collaboration

Introductory teacher training | 23 Jan – 19 Feb 2023

This introductory training is designed for those who have little or no experience with international virtual collaboration (VIS). Participants will be introduced to the principles of a class-to-class VIS. They will also develop an understanding of the pedagogical and technological choices involved, as well as the different ways in which virtual international collaboration can be integrated into the curriculum. Finally, they will reflect on opportunities and potential challenges by analyzing real cases from existing virtual international collaboration projects.

To conclude, the training will also offer participants a taste of what a virtual international collaboration project looks like from the point of view of the student. This is because they will be asked, just like their own students, to engage with the materials and tasks provided for each week, as well as asynchronous forum discussions and weekly synchronous sessions with the trainers. Trainees can expect to spend 3-4 hours per week on the course, including synchronous and asynchronous activities.


Duration: 4 weeks, from 23 January – 19 February 2023
Weekly time commitment:

  • Self-study: 1,5 -2,5 hrs.
  • Online group session: 1,5 hrs.

Registration deadline: 30 December 2022
Language: English or Dutch
Weekly group session timeslots:

  • Dutch: Thursday from 15.00-16.30 (Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9 and Feb 16, 2023)
  • English: Friday 10.00-11.30 (Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10 and Feb 17, 2023)

Total hours: 12-16
Platforms: Moodle/Zoom
Successful completion:

  • Attend at least 3 out of 4 synchronous sessions; 
  • Complete 80% of the module self-study tasks.

Learning outcomes

By taking this training, participants will:

  • Gain knowledge of Virtual Exchange pedagogy and how it relates to VIS 
  • Increase their awareness of the role of VIS in supporting intercultural exchange and the development of transversal skills;
  • Be able to identify the characteristics of Virtual Exchange and VIS, as opposed to other types of online learning;
  • Understand the main features and components of co-designing virtual international collaborations and  potential challenges to bear in mind when developing co-designed VIS projects;
  • Increase their awareness of issues involved in recognition; 
  • Enhance teamwork & digital competences.


There are four modules in the training, i.e. one each week/day:

Week 1: Introduction to the Virtual Exchange pedagogy
In this opening module, participants will be introduced to the concept of Virtual Exchange as an educational practice (what it is, and what it isn’t), and to how this relates to VIS projects. 

Week 2: Setting up virtual co-designed international collaboration (VIS projects)
This module will focus on the teacher-designed, class-to-class model, and look more closely at Intended Learning Objectives and project design, analyzing examples of such projects in different disciplines, primarily in the Dutch context.

Week 3: Matching pedagogy and technology
The third module of this training turns to the technological tools useful in VIS projects, bearing in mind that technology needs to be at the service of pedagogy. Participants will have the chance to familiarize themselves with some tools that have been used by teachers already implementing VIS, and consider important factors when choosing what tools to use.

Week 4: Common challenges with virtual international collaboration
Starting from real-case challenges encountered by teachers during their virtual international collaboration projects, the last module focuses on potential difficulties – at the levels of partnership, timing, project design, recognition, to mention but a few – in order to help participants preempt these and design their future project for success.

Attendance & participation 

Trainees are expected to be available on the preferred timeslot for the full duration of the training (4 weeks), ensuring their video and audio are working in order to actively participate in the group discussions. In between training sessions, materials are provided in the virtual learning environment to review and reflect on, in preparation for the synchronous session. 

Trainees are required to:

  • Attend at least 3 out of 4 synchronous sessions;
  • Complete 80% of the module self-study tasks. 

Registrations are now closed.


    Thursday 15:00 - 16:30 May / June 2023 (Dutch)

  • 26-01-2023 from 15:00 to 16:30
  • 02-02-2023 from 15:00 to 16:30
  • 09-02-2023 from 15:00 to 16:30
  • 16-02-2023 from 15:00 to 16:30

    Friday 10:00 - 11:30 May / June 2023 (English)

  • 27-01-2023 from 10:00 to 11:30
  • 03-02-2023 from 10:00 to 11:30
  • 10-02-2023 from 10:00 to 11:30
  • 17-02-2023 from 10:00 to 11:30