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Introduction to virtual co-designed international collaboration (Spring 2024)

Registration deadline: February 23, 2024

What are the basic principles of setting up a class-to-class VIS? What pedagogical and technological choices are involved? And how do you integrate this kind of international cooperation into the curriculum? That’s what this introductory training is about.

What to expect? 

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

Session 1: Introduction to Virtual Exchange pedagogy (February 28 from 9:00-13:00)
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 how this relates to VIS projects. 

Session 2: Setting up virtual co-designed international collaboration (VIS projects) (March 1 from 9:00-13:00)
This module will focus on the teacher-designed, class-to-class model, and look more closely at Intended Learning Objectives and project design, analysing examples of such projects in different disciplines, primarily in the Dutch context.

Session 3: Matching pedagogy and technology (March 6 from 9:00-13:00)
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.

Session 4: Common challenges with virtual international collaboration (March 8 from 9:00-13:00)
Starting from real-case scenarios 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 pre-empt these and design their future project for success.

By engaging weekly with the materials and tasks provided, participants will get a flavour of what it feels like to be a student on such an exchange. There will be asynchronous forum discussions as well as a weekly synchronous session with your trainer. 

What will you get out of it? 

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.


Are you interested? Then register before February 23, 2024. You can choose from a Dutch or English training on four mornings on February 28, March 1, 6 and 8, from 09.00-13:00 (language depending on registered participants). 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.

Registration is now closed.


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.

More information?

Download the syllabus for more information about the training.