After our first round of field trials, various teacher trainers have told us about the ways that their EVALUATE Virtual Exchanges have had an impact on their students and on their institutions. These success stories will be reported on here.
The first of our EVALUATE ‘success stories’ comes from students from Malmö University in Sweden who talk about how their experience in an EVALUATE project influenced how they used #VirtualExchange in their own teaching.
Our second success story comes from Tina Waldman from Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel and Goetz Schwab from the Karlsruhe University of Education in Germany. They have told us about how their EVALUATE virtual exchange has led to a physical mobility initiative between their two classes:
“The German students have decided that they want to visit the Israeli students and Kibbutzim college in Israel and together with their professor – Gotz Schwab – they are planning a visit to the college in May 2018.
This is our third telecollaboration, but the first time that such an initiative has come from the students. One of the reasons for this is, we think, that in this telecollaboration we have helped to enhance personal and working relations between the students through weekly videoconferencing sessions using Unicko. Goetz and I were lucky enough to be able to plan our courses to be almost back to back so that our students can videoconference weekly. They continue to collaborate outside of class using Whatsapp and other tools.”
Our third success story comes from Turkey:
Assist. Prof. Dr. Derya Bozdoğan has contacted us to tell us that her exchange “BURTED Telecollaboration: Online Intercultural Exchange with University of Burgos”, which is part of the EVALUATE project, has been awarded by the TED University Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in Turkey with the Teaching Excellence Grant 2018. The Center seeks to support the faculty in their endeavors to achieve excellence in teaching and learning through innovative teaching projects.
Congratulations to Derya. We are delighted that institutions across the globe are recognising the value of Virtual Exchange projects for their teachers and students.
Here is a picture of Derya with her telecollaborative partner Concetta Maria Sigona from the University of Burgos Spain at the EVALUATE training workshop: