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The International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC) will be a virtual event in 2020!

IVEC 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, international education, and new pedagogies. Virtual exchange (also known as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Globally Networked Learning, or Telecollaboration) extends authentic opportunities for intercultural and transnational learning to students within the curriculum of college and university classrooms.

IVEC 2020 is hosted by Newcastle University, and is supported by the State University of New York (SUNY) COIL Center, DePaul University, UNICollaboration, Drexel University, University of Washington Bothell, East Carolina University, Durban University of Technology, Universidad de Monterrey, and Federal University of Pernambuco.

Due to COVID-19, IVEC 2020 will now be completely virtual, and will take place between 14-16 September 2020. These dates reflect the Newcastle (UK) time zone (UCT+1).

Although the organising committee is disappointed that delegates will not get to experience life and work at Newcastle Upon Tyne first-hand, they are working towards offering a vibrant, inclusive, and interactive online experience. A variety of synchronous and asynchronous sessions are being organised to enable active participation of delegates who will be connecting from various time zones around the globe. There will also be networking opportunities and social events over the three conference days. Mirjam Hauck and Thérèse Laferrière will deliver the keynote speeches.

Registration information can be found here:
Newcastle University members will receive a discount code to register to the conference at the reduced rates.

IVEC offers a number of scholarships to help offset the cost of registration for delegates who would otherwise be unable to attend. The scholarship application deadline has been extended to 30 June 2020 for speakers, and to 30 July 2020 for other delegates. For more information, please visit:

For more information about the conference, visit or contact the organisers at

published on: 16 June 2020