Virtual Exchange Call for Proposals

The Office of International Initiatives (OII) and Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) seek proposals from Georgia State faculty to integrate Virtual Exchange activities into classes taught during the 2021 fall semester. An exciting interactive high impact practice, VE:

  • Connects GSU students and faculty with their counterparts at an international university to work collaboratively,
  • Promotes students’ intercultural competence and digital literacy 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 through VE include introducing students to an interconnected world, promoting digital literacy, and fostering cultural appreciation and understanding. VE supports GSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan to develop Global/Intercultural Fluency Career-Readiness Skills. Learn more about Virtual Exchange >.



OII and AGSC welcome proposals from GSU’s full-time faculty who are implementing VE activities for the first time in courses taught during  the 2021 fall semester. Faculty who previously implemented VE in other classes are eligible to apply.



Faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding may receive up to $3,500.



Faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding will receive $1,000 for integrating VE activities for the first time in a particular course during the 2021 fall semester. The $1,000 professional development funds may be used for travel, equipment, books, or student assistants, etc. (but is not payable as salary). Funds will be transferred directly to the faculty member’s college at the beginning of the 2021 fall semester.

Faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding are expected to facilitate a webinar or in-person session in their college to share information with colleagues regarding the benefits of VE.

In addition to the $1,000 professional development funds, faculty may receive additional funding for one or both of the following:

 1. Attend “Designing VE Workshop”

During June 2021, a three-week, approximately four hours per week, virtual (asynchronous and synchronous) Designing VE Workshop will be available to faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding. Those who elect to attend the workshop will receive $500 in professional development funds that will be transferred directly to their college at the start of FY 22. The professional development funds may be used for travel, equipment, books, or student assistants, etc. (but is not payable as salary).

2. Implement VE Activities in a Large Enrollment Class

All faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding to implement VE activities in a class with seating capacity > 75 seats will receive $2,000 to hire a Graduate Teaching Assistant for support. The appropriate SPEEDTYPE will be shared with your department to use for completion of GTA paperwork.

Acceptance of these funds represents a commitment by the faculty to:

  1. Implement the VE project,
  2. Facilitate a webinar on VE in their college,
  3. Attend the workshop if receiving additional funding for this activity,
  4. Support assessment activities conducted by OII and AGSC, and
  5. Submit a brief final report.



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

Faculty are invited to participate in a Virtual Exchange Faculty Teaching and Learning Community that will meet monthly during the 2021 fall semester. The community is designed to bring faculty together to share expertise, ideas, pedagogical techniques and technology tools.



Deadline: April 16, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Applications must include:

Statement on desired amount of funding including clear statement of proposal elections.

  • Will attend Designing VE Workshop
  • Am applying for GTA support of a course with seating capacity of  > 75

Abstract (up to 200 words)

Proposal Narrative (no more than 3 pages) that describes:

  1. Course and student population (include partner university and student population, if applicable).
  2. VE activities (address suitability for large-enrollment classes if appropriate).
  3. Facilitation of student interaction and grading of VE activities.
  4. Technology utilized.
  5. 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, and negotiating a shared understanding of differences with openness).
  6.  Sustainability of VE activities in future course offerings (potential that VE component could be integrated into a course for multiple semesters and be facilitated by a different instructor).
  7.  Statement from Chair for VE in classes with seating capacity > 75: “I support this application, and confirm that if awarded, the amount of $2000 will be sufficient, or supplemented with departmental support, to cover a GTA for (at least 10 hours per week) during the 2021 fall semester.”
  8.  Signature of Department Chair and Dean.



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

  • Details and clarity of project description
  • Timeline for implementation of activities
  • Level of innovation and creativity of activities
  • Strength of connection of student learning outcomes to global/cultural fluency
  • Appropriateness of technology for activities and partner university
  • Sustainability


Submit complete proposal as a single PDF file via email to by April 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. Award notifications will be made by May 7, 2021.