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International Virtual Exchange Conference 2020 - Call for Proposals

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, on 14-16 September 2020.


IVEC 2020 is the largest and most prominent event on virtual exchange, providing a forum for an audience of deans, directors, faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and professionals from institutions around the world interested in technology enabled global learning, international education, and new pedagogies. Also known as Telecollaboration, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), or Globally Networked Learning, Virtual Exchange extends authentic opportunities for intercultural and transnational learning to students within the curriculum of college and university classrooms. Through co-developed and co-taughtmodules, virtual exchange supports the development of transferable skills for living and working globally, and provides opportunities for applied learning experiences.
IVEC 2020 will be hosted by Newcastle University, UK, in collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY) COIL Center, DePaul University, UNICollaboration, Drexel University, East Carolina University, and University of Washington Bothell. Our last conference welcomed over 350 attendees from 28 countries around the world!
For more information about the conference and the practice of virtual exchange, please visit
We invite proposal submissions from individuals, institutions and organisations around the world focused on virtual exchange, collaborative online international learning and technology enabled global learning.
We welcome experienced virtual exchange participants, as well as academics willing to learn more about and engage in virtual exchange. We also strongly encourage student participation in the conference, and submissions from PhD students and early-career researchers. There will be many networking opportunities. The language of the conference is English. All submissions will undergo a double blind peer review process.


2020 Conference Tracks

Proposals are welcome for paper presentations, workshops, symposia, and posters on any area of virtual exchange (VE). Topics may include, but are not limited to the following themes:

1.     Innovative Pedagogy and Practice through VE

  • tasks, tools, and technologies
  • perspectives on international learning
  • institutional support, initiatives, and challenges
  • teacher education and continuing professional development

2.     Virtual Exchange and Global Impact

  • internationalisation of Higher Education
  • critical perspectives: towards social justice, diversity, and equality
  • transdisciplinary perspectives: opportunities and challenges
  • creation, growth, and sustainability of virtual exchange networks
  • strategy and policy

3.     Evaluating the Impact of VE through Research

  • impact on transferable skills (e.g. intercultural communicative competence, digital literacies, multimodal communication, digital meaning-making)
  • impact on attainment of discipline-specific learning outcomes (e.g. languages, media studies, business, humanities)
  • research methods in VE (including collecting, storing, and analysing data)

4.     Student Voices 

  • must highlight the student experience in VE projects
  • must include at least one presenter who is a student

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any enquiries:

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