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International co-teaching – Integrating Virtual Exchange into the University Classroom


In this online course you will familiarize with Virtual Exchange as a pedagogical activity for engaging students in authentic intercultural collaborative projects with international partners.

Virtual Exchange means the engagement of students in online intercultural interaction and collaboration with students from other cultural contexts as an integrated part of their course work under the guidance of their educators. The teachers are planning a Virtual Exchange in a teaching cooperation.

The purpose is to practice how to co-plan and teach with elements of Virtual Exchange. Especially the transfer of the concept into your disciplinary teaching conventions, the integration into your course plan, the construction of tasks and the support and mentoring of your students during a Virtual Exchange is focused during the course. You will meet teachers from different universities all over Europe in this course.

Inclusion of online exchange activities in the teaching does not mean that there must be a change in the course description or curriculum.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • explain the potential learning outcomes of Virtual Exchanges, for example be able tell others e.g colleagues and leaders at you department about the benefits of virtual exchanges
  • do the steps for setting up and running a Virtual Exchange in your course(s), for example be able to design activities and choose technologies
  • use a collection of materials and examples as inspiration for your activities, for example use inspiration from others in the design of your own activities
  • network with teachers from other countries in order to establish potential Virtual Exchange partnerships, for example talk with others who are interested in Virtual Exchange and find out if you could do international co-teaching together in the future


The course prepares participants to organize and deliver online exchange activities in University teaching.

  • Session 1 (1,5 hours): What is VE and integration in the syllabus
  • Session 2 (1,5 hours): Task design - getting your students to work together
  • Session 3 (1,5 hours): Mentoring and support of students
  • Session 4 (1,5 hours): Potential partnerships, reflection


We expect participants to reflect on their own teaching during the sessions and between the four online sessions in Zoom. 

We expect participants to have basic skills in using Zoom. 


Spring 2024 – four online sessions

13 May 2024 from 16:00-17:30
15 May 2024 from 16:00-17:30
22 May 2024 from 16:00-17:30
29 May 2024 from 16:00-17:30

The limited number of seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
*The course is in English 

Fall 2024 – four online sessions

4 November 2024 from 16:00-17:30
6 November 2024 from 16:00-17:30
11 November 2024 from 16:00-17:30
13 November 2024 from 16:00-17:30

The limited number of seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
*The course is in English 


  • Target group: Senior VIP at Aarhus University and Circle U. universities
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 8 hours ½ hour preparation in Brightspace
  • Capacity: Min. 6, max. 20
  • Format: Online via Zoom
  • Certificate: Upon satisfactory completion, you will receive a certificate.
  • Course teachers:
    Karen Louise Møller, Aarhus University
    Astrid Edith Tan, Ruhr University, Germany
    Rebecca Lindner, King's College London, UK

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