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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
  • do the steps for setting up and running a Virtual Exchange in your course(s)
  • use a collection of materials and examples as inspiration for your activities
  • network with teachers from other countries in order to establish potential Virtual Exchange partnerships


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. 


Four online sessions in Zoom:

  • Session 1: 9th January 2023 from 16:00-17:30
  • Session 2: 11th January 2023 from 16:00-17:30
  • Session 3: 16th January 2023 from 16:00-17:30
  • Session 4: 19th January 2023 from 16:00-17:30

Registration deadline 20th December 2022

Registration via this link

Seats are limited. In order to guarantee a good mix of participants from differnt universities, there are two categories with 10 availiable seats in each to AU and Circle U personel.  

In total there will be 40 participants from AU, Circle U,.Ruhr Universität, Bochum and UNIC.


  • 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.

Aarhus University contact

Ruhr-Universität Bochum contact

Astrid Edith Tan, PhD
Center for teaching and Learning
Ruhr University
Bochum, Germany