Virtual Exchange Call for Proposals

Virtual Exchange Initiative

Office of International Initiatives & Atlanta Global Studies Center

The Office of International Initiatives (OII) and Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) seek proposals from Georgia State faculty to integrate Virtual Exchange activities into their course curriculum for courses taught during the 2020 Spring or Fall semester. Virtual Exchange is an exciting interactive pedagogy evolving from new media platforms.

  • Connects GSU students and faculty with their counterparts at an international university to work collaboratively,
  • Promotes students’ intercultural competence across shared multicultural learning environments, and
  • Utilizes a variety of teaching strategies, such as peer review, cooperative learning, online discussions, project-based learning, service learning and co-teaching.

Benefits of globalizing the curriculum include introducing students to an interconnected world, promoting digital literacy, and fostering cultural appreciation and understanding.  Virtual Exchange supports GSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan to develop Global/Intercultural Fluency Career-Readiness Skills. Learn more about Virtual Exchange >.

ELIGIBILITY

OII and AGSC welcome proposals for the Virtual Exchange Initiative from GSU’s full-time faculty.

COMPENSATION

Faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding will receive $2,000 in professional development funds from OII and AGSC that can be used for travel, equipment, books, or student assistants, etc. It’s not payable as salary. OII and AGSC will transfer these funds directly to the faculty member’s college shortly after the beginning of the 2020 Spring semester, and then allocated to the faculty member’s department.

SUPPORT

OII offers one-on-one support and resources for proposal development, including identifying a partner institution if needed. For more information, please contact Nannette Commander, Virtual Exchange Coordinator, at ncommander@gsu.edu.

Faculty are invited to participate in a Virtual Exchange Faculty Teaching and Learning Community that will meet regularly during the 2020 Spring semester. The community is designed to bring faculty together to share expertise, ideas, pedagogical techniques and technology tools for enhancing students’ global and cultural fluency.

If interested in coordinating and facilitating the community, please see the Atlanta Global Studies Center’s Call for Proposals>

ASSESSMENT

During the 2020 Spring semester, OII will conduct a research study to investigate the impact of virtual exchange activities on the development of intercultural competence. Participants of the study will be students attending classes involved in the Virtual Exchange Initiative. Data collected will inform practice and direct resources for expanding Virtual Exchange, an important part of GSU’s effort in ensuring equal access to internationalization opportunities for all students.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications must include:

  • Abstract (up to 200 words)
  • Proposal Narrative (no more than 3 pages) that describes:
  • Course and student population
  • Semester course will be taught (either Spring or Fall, 2020)
  • Partner university
  • Virtual Exchange activity
  • Technology utilized
  • Identification of Student Learning outcomes, i.e.,
  • Cultivating a global perspective
  • Insight into personal cultural values
  • Interpreting an intercultural experience from more than one viewpoint
  1. Negotiating a shared understanding of differences with openness
  2. Signature of Department’s Chair

Submit complete proposal as a single PDF file via email to ncommander@gsu.edu.

EVALUATION

A review committee will be appointed by OII to rate proposals according to the following criteria:

  • The details and clarity of project description; including timeline for implementation of activities.
  • The level of innovation and creativity of activities.
  • The strength of connection of student learning outcomes to global and cultural fluency.
  • The appropriateness of technology for activities and partner university.
  • The sustainability of globalizing the curriculum for future course offerings.

DEADLINE: Oct. 25, 2019  at 5:00 p.m.

Award notifications will be made by Nov. 1, 2019.