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. A minimum enrollment of 100 students is required. An exciting interactive high impact practice, Virtual Exchange:

  • 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 Virtual Exchange 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 >.

 

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN ELIGIBILITY AND COMPENSATION

ELIGIBILITY

OII and AGSC welcome proposals for the Virtual Exchange Initiative from GSU’s full-time faculty who are implementing Virtual Exchange activities for the first time in courses taught during  the 2021 fall semester. A minimum enrollment of 100 students is required. Faculty who previously implemented Virtual Exchange in other classes are eligible to apply.

Applications are due Dec. 11, 2020 at 5 p.m.

COMPENSATION

Faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding may receive up to $3,000.

OPTIONAL DESIGNING VE WORKSHOP

During Spring 2021, an optional three-week, approximately four hours per week, virtual (asynchronous and synchronous) workshop on Designing VE will be available to faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding. Faculty electing to attend the workshop will receive $1,000 in professional development funds that can be used for travel, equipment, books, or student assistants, etc. This money is not payable as salary. Funds will be transferred directly to the faculty member’s college shortly after completion of the VE workshop.

FUNDING FOR GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT

All faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding will receive $2,000 to hire a Graduate Teaching Assistant to provide support for implementing VE activities in their class with a minimum of 100 students. These funds will be transferred directly to the faculty member’s college shortly after the beginning of the 2021 fall semester to be allocated to the faculty member’s department.

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

  1. attend the Designing VE workshop (Spring 2021) if electing to receive the $1,000 professional development funds,,
  2. implement the VE project (Fall 2021),
  3. support assessment activities conducted by OII and AGSC (Fall 2021), and
  4. submit a brief final report (Fall 2021).

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 2021 fall semester. The community is designed to bring faculty together to share expertise, ideas, pedagogical techniques and technology tools for enhancing students’ global/cultural fluency and digital literacy.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

(Deadline: Dec. 11, 2020 at 5 p.m.)

Applications must include:

  • Abstract (up to 200 words)

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

  1. Course and student population
  2. Partner university and student population, if applicable
  3. VE activities and suitability for large-enrollment classes
  4. Facilitation of student interaction and grading of VE activities
  5. Technology utilized

Identification of Student Learning outcomes, i.e.,

  1. Cultivating a global perspective
  2. Insight into personal cultural values
  3. Interpreting an intercultural experience from more than one viewpoint
  4. Negotiating a shared understanding of differences with openness
  • Sustainability of VE activities in future course offerings
  • Signature of Department Chair with statement: I support this application, and confirm that if awarded, the amount of $2000 will be sufficient, or supplemented with departmental support, to cover a teaching assistant for (at least 10 hours each week) during the semester in which the virtual exchange is implemented.
  • Signature of Dean

 

EVALUATION

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 of globalizing the curriculum for future course offerings

 

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

Deadline: Dec. 11, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Award notifications will be made by Dec. 18, 2020.