We are writing to you with some information about a new opportunity which has become available through the new Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project, currently being piloted by the European Commission (https://europa.eu/youth/erasmusvirtual).
Among the activities promoted in Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange are Transnational Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Projects (TEPs). TEPs are small-scale, project-based Virtual Exchanges jointly developed by university educators from two or more different countries. They are intended to foster meaningful intercultural experiences, the development of transversal skills as well as knowledge of a particular subject. In higher education contexts, partnering educators work together to adapt a portion of their existing courses to include a Virtual Exchange lasting 6-10 weeks.
More details and links are available in this online document:
If you are already running Virtual Exchanges in your classes, we are organizing a 4-week online training course (c. 2 hours per week) for experienced telecollaboration practitioners starting at the end of May, where you can learn how to adapt your telecollaboration project to become an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange. One of the advantages for you in doing this would be getting official recognition through Open Badges for your training and implementation of your course as an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, and the students would also get badges for participating in an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange.
There is also a training for complete newcomers to Virtual Exchange.
For further information and any questions, please contact us at directly at [log in to unmask] or go to the UNICollaboration homepage for Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange:
Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues and your networks.
Best wishes and thanks, Robert O'Dowd