Digital technologies have been used in Virtual Exchange for almost 20 years, even though online teaching has significantly changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, I will talk about a few lessons learned from a recent web-based Virtual Exchange (VE) between University College Cork (UCC) and Fachhochschule Dresden-University of Applied Science (FHD). That exchange focused on life writing and biography, developing qualitative research skills, and speaking a foreign language. Claire from UCC and I reflected on students’ learning and our teaching experiences in a recently published open-access paper (you can find a link in the show notes). This episode of Managing Around will give you a glimpse of what the virtual exchange between our universities can offer. I will start with a brief description of the virtual collaboration and share with you some findings about students’ learning experiences, which we analysed based on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning motivated research. I conclude with some insights regarding the development of virtual exchange scenarios.
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O’Dowd, R., (2022). Internationalising Higher Education and the Role of Virtual Exchange (Routledge Research in Higher Education Series). Routledge.
O’Reilly, C., & Arnold, M. (2022). Life-Writing and Virtual Exchange: An Exploration of the Impact on Students’ Learning Experiences. TEANGA, the Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, 29, 13–38. https://doi.org/10.35903/teanga.v29i.2786
Sanders, V. (2018). Life Writing. In Oxford Bibliographies. https://doi.org/10.1093/OBO/9780199799558-0151
Winslow, D. J. (1995). Life-writing: A glossary of terms in biography, autobiography, and related forms. University of Hawai’i Press.
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