The online learning ecosystem that grew during the pandemic remains vital, even as in-person learning and exchange programming resumes. Online learning is still a valuable tool to meet existing classroom and extracurricular learning objectives in new ways. Virtual exchange deserves consideration even at a time when educators, administrators, and leaders face many competing priorities. This global education tool can be used in nearly any context and is an accessible, affordable, and meaningful way to engage young people in unique opportunities to learn and form friendships.
The Virtual Exchange Academy prepares education and exchange leaders and practitioners to participate in this innovative field. This six-week training teaches foundational elements of virtual exchange planning and implementation. Participants get a comprehensive introduction from experts through pre-session reading and coursework, and during live sessions that include presentations, small group activities, and more. After the training, participants will be better positioned to adopt this powerful global learning tool.
The 2023 Virtual Exchange Academy will take place over six weeks (February 7-March 16, 2023) and will include six live sessions via Zoom. Each two-hour session will take place at one of the following times (participants are expected to attend one session per week):
- Tuesdays: 4:30-6:30pm U.S. Eastern Time
- Wednesdays: 9-11am U.S. Eastern Time and 4:30-6:30pm U.S. Eastern Time
- Thursdays: 10am-12pm U.S. Eastern Time
Applications are due at 5pm U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Apply here.
Educators and administrators as well as exchange program administrators at both the K-12 and higher education levels are welcome to apply. Prioritization will be given to applicants:
- With little knowledge of or experience with virtual exchange.
- From the United States and the Middle East and North Africa, though applications from other countries will be considered. If from the United States, applications from states where the Stevens Initiative has low or no reach will be prioritized. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
- Serving communities that have been traditionally marginalized from international education, including but not limited to:
- Minority Serving Institutions and Title I schools in the United States.
- Public institutions, as well as institutions where English isn’t the primary language of instruction outside the United States, including in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Other communities traditionally marginalized from international education, if applicable.
- Interested in increasing virtual exchange opportunities as part of internationalization (incorporating global education) programming at their entire school, institution, or organization, not just a single classroom.