Virtual Exchange Call for Proposals

The Office of International Initiatives (OII) and Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) are seeking proposals from academic departments to participate in the Scaling Access to Virtual Exchange (SAVE) Grant Program. Virtual Exchange (VE) is a high-impact teaching and learning practice that connects students and faculty from different cultures to collaborate virtually on academic projects. Benefits to students include increasing awareness of our interconnected world, promoting digital literacy, and fostering cultural appreciation and understanding. Benefits to faculty include internationalizing the curriculum, building research and teaching networks at international institutions, and creating professional development opportunities. The SAVE grant program supports GSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan to develop Global/Intercultural Fluency Career-Readiness Skills. Learn more about Virtual Exchange >.

 

The Scaling Access to Virtual Exchange Grant Program

Although VE has grown significantly at Georgia State University (GSU), the challenge of providing access to international learning opportunities for large groups of students remains. The SAVE program invites interested departments to submit a proposal for integrating VE into the curriculum of a required course for an identified major or pathway. Integrating VE into a required course for a major or pathway ensures that all graduates in that degree program participate in at least one VE experience.

 

Departments will identify faculty member(s) to create VE templates that may be adapted to fit the content of the required course for the Major or pathway and teaching style of the instructor. The VE templates will allow any GSU faculty teaching the course in future semesters to customize projects, deliverables, and timelines based on student learning outcomes and the needs of the international partners. Additionally, materials will be developed that help students understand how the knowledge and experiences acquired through VE translate into the development of global fluency and other 21st-century professional skills. The VE templates and materials will be piloted in one section of the required course during Spring, 2023, refined and revised during Summer, 2023 based on student and faculty feedback gathered by OII, and then utilized to integrate VE into all sections of the required course during Fall, 2023.

 

OII is available to assist in identifying international faculty to partner with Georgia State instructors, collaborate as needed on designing VE projects and templates, and introduce technology tools most suited to VE activities.

The SAVE grant award includes:

  • Phase I: Planning and Pilot – $5,000 for Spring 2023 semester to implement VE in at least one section of the required course for the major or pathway. Funds will be transferred directly to the department at the beginning of the 2023 spring semester.
  • Phase II: Scaling of VE – $5,000 for Summer 2023 to refine and revise templates based on feedback from students and faculty and for Fall, 2023 to integrate VE in all sections of the required course for the major. Funds will be transferred directly to the department at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2024.
  • The professional development funds may be used for travel, equipment, books, or student assistants, etc. (but are not payable as salary).

Application Process

Please submit a proposal detailing the following:

  • Abstract (up to 200 words)
  • Narrative (no more than 3 pages) that describes
  1. Required course for the major, student population, number of students impacted
  2. International partner (if known)
  3. Ideas for VE templates
  4. Examples of suitable technology
  5. Connection of VE activities to Student Learning Outcomes of the course
  6. Information on how the knowledge and experiences acquired through VE translate into global fluency and other 21st century professional skills
  • Letter of support from the Chair
  • Signature of chief college international administrator if applicable
  • Signature of the Dean

 

EVALUATION

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

  • Details and clarity of VE templates
  • Timeline for implementation of activities
  • Level of innovation and creativity of activities
  • Strength of connection of student learning outcomes to global/cultural fluency and other 21st century professional skills
  • Appropriateness of technology for activities and partner university
  • Number of students impacted

 

Expectations of Funded Departments

 

Acceptance of funds from OII represents a commitment by the department to:

  1. Integrate VE into one section of the required course for the major in Spring, 2023 and all sections of the required course for the major in Fall, 2023
  2. Support a study conducted by OII and AGSC to research the effectiveness of the SAVE grant program,
  3. Submit a brief report to OII and AGSC at the end of Spring and Fall, 2023
  4. Present at the first College Faculty meeting for Fall, 2023, sharing templates, materials, and data from the pilot study and discussing plans for integrating VE into all sections of the required course for the major.

 

Proposals must be submitted by October 21, 2022, by 5:00 PM to Dr. Nannette Commander at ncommander@gsu.edu.

Awards will be announced on October 28, 2022.

For questions, please contact Dr. Nannette Commander at ncommander@gsu.edu or Diana Wrenn Rapp at dwrennrapp@gsu.edu.