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1 Feb 2018: Workshop on Online International Exchange

Date:01 December 2017
Author:Sake Jager
ENVOIE workshop
ENVOIE workshop

Date: 1 February 2018
Location: Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

Online International Exchange (also known as Virtual Exchange, Telecollaboration or Online Intercultural Exchange) is a form of computer-mediated learning whereby students from geographically remote classes work together online (in pairs or small groups) on learning tasks developed by teachers and educational supporters from the participating institutions.

In the University of Groningen, this form of online learning is promoted through the eLearning project ENVOIE ( On 1 February 2018 an international team of experts will deliver a one-day workshop on OIE, in which participants will learn about setting up successful exchanges with foreign partners. The workshop will deal with pedagogical and organisational issues of OIE. The following topics will be covered in the workshop:

  • Organising OIE successfully with your foreign partner
  • Designing effective OIE tasks
  • Selecting appropriate technologies
  • Integrating intercultural communicative competence
  • Student reflection and assessment in OIE

The workshop consists of a general introduction to these topics, followed by group work and group discussions that focus on participants' different contexts. Participants will be asked to complete a series of brief surveys preceding the workshop. The workshop is given by a team of experienced OIE trainers and researchers, including Sarah Guth (University of Padova, Italy), Mirjam Hauck (Open University, United Kingdom) and Gosia Kurek (Jan Dlugosz University, Poland). For more information about the trainers, see below.

The workshop is open to participants in the ENVOIE project and other University of Groningen staff interested in setting up OIE as part of their teaching. The workshop is of particular interest to colleagues working in the International Classroom project, because OIE provides additional tools for internationalising the curriculum.

Participation in the workshop is free for University of Groningen staff.

Please register by 22 December 2017. 

For enquiries and registration, please send an email to ictol

Sake Jager
ENVOIE Project manager

About the workshop trainers

Sarah Guth is a Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language at the University of Padova, Italy where she implements virtual exchange (VE) in her classes. She has extensive experience developing and implementing training for VE practitioners (in the US, Europe, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East) and collaborates with the SUNY COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Center, US, on research and professional development. Her research focuses on COIL, telecollaboration, intercultural communication and the normalization of virtual exchange in higher education. She is the Vice Chair of

Mirjam Hauck is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University/UK and a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on the use of technologies for the learning and teaching of languages and cultures covering aspects such as task design, tutor role and training, intercultural communicative competence and digital literacy. Between 2014 and 2016 she was on an invited secondment to the SUNY Center for Online International Learning (COIL) in NYC where she was responsible for professional development across all 64 SUNY colleges. She is the President of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) and presents regularly at conferences, seminars and workshops worldwide.

Malgorzata (Gosia) Kurek has been long involved in instructional design with a special focus on OIE, especially in teacher training contexts. She has designed and run several VEs exchanges with academic partners from the United States, Germany, Taiwan and the UK. She was also a member of the INTENT project (under previous affiliation) in which she was involved in creating a databank of OIE tasks and developing training materials.  Dr Kurek presents  and publishes regularly on the topics of OIE, innovative pedagogy and teacher professional development. She is a training officer of