Virtual Exchange training workshops for school teachers and teacher trainers
Virtual Exchange refers to the different educational approaches to connecting people from different cultural backgrounds in online collaborative learning. More and more school teachers and university educators are using Virtual Exchange to engage their students in online international learning experiences as part of their studies.The Erasmus+ KA3 project VALIANT (Virtual Innovation and Support Networks for Teachers) has carried out a large-scale study to explore different ways that Virtual Exchange can be used in the contexts of Initial Teacher Education and Continuous Professional Development.
In 2023 VALIANT ran a series of workshops throughout Europe to inform educators about Virtual Exchange and about the outcomes of our project. Our workshops provided a practical, hands-on introduction to Virtual Exchange and how it can be used by in-service school teachers and by teacher trainers in Initial Teacher Education. Participants learned about the different approaches to Virtual Exchange and the steps which educators need to take to engage their own students in these exciting online intercultural learning projects.
Who were the workshops for?
- School teachers interested in learning how to engage their students in online communication with classes from other countries
- Teacher trainers working at Faculties of Education and in Centres of Continuous Professional Development
- School management and university management interested in promoting innovative and international approaches to teaching
Locations and Dates:
University of Education (PH) Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany: 5 May 2023. More information here.
Slovenia, 8-9 June 2023 More information here (Our workshop will take place on day 2 of the event.)
Universidade do Algarve, Portugal: 10 July 2023 More information here and online registration here.
Malmö University, Sweden: 29 September 2023. More information here.
Workshops were free to attend. The working language of the workshops is English.
You can learn more about the VALIANT project and what we are aiming to achieve by watching this short video.