Virtual Exchange Call for Proposals

The Office of International Initiatives (OII) and Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) seek proposals from Georgia State University (GSU) faculty to integrate Virtual Exchange (VE) activities into classes taught during the 2022 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 >.  

ELIGIBILITY

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 2022 fall semester. Faculty who previously implemented VE in other classes (and those that may have received past support from OII) are eligible to apply if requesting support for VE in a new course.

 

AWARD

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

 

IMPLEMENTATION of VE ACTIVITIES

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 2022 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).  

Faculty whose proposals are accepted for funding are expected to facilitate an online or in-person session in their department/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 spring 2022, 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 fundsThe professional development funds may be used for travel, equipment, books, or student assistants, etc. (but is not payable as salary). It is strongly encouraged that faculty attend the workshop with their VE partner. 

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 an additional $2,000 for travel during summer, 2022 to their VE partner institution to finalize design of the VE project. Faculty receiving the additional $2,000 for travel to their partner institution are required to attend the Designing VE Workshop with their partner.  

PLEASE NOTE: All funding will be transferred to your college at the beginning of FY23 (July 2022). You will need to work with your Business Manager and College Finance Officer within your college to allocate and use your awards. These funds should be used no later than June 30th, 2023. We will be unable to reissue funding if it is not used by this deadline. If you plan to travel, your first day of travel should fall between July 1st 2022 and June 30th 2023, and should be coordinated through your college. 

 

EXPECTATIONS

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

  1. Implement the VE project,
  2. Facilitate an online or in-person presentation on VE in their department or 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.

 

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 monthly during the 2022 fall semester. The community is designed to bring faculty together to share expertise, ideas, pedagogical techniques, and technology tools. 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE  Deadline: March 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications must include:

Statement on desired amount of funding including clear statement of proposal elections. Please select one of the options below and copy/paste the selection into your proposal.  

I am requesting the following Professional Development funds:

  • $1,000 to implement VE and facilitate a VE session in department or college, OR  
  • $1,500 to implement VE, facilitate a VE session in department or college, AND attend “Designing VE Workshop” in May 2022, OR 
  • $3,500 to implement VE in a course with enrollment of 75+ students, facilitate a VE session in department or college, attend “Designing VE Workshop” in May 2022, AND travel to partner institution in Summer 2022 to finalize the design of the VE project 

 

Abstract (up to 200 words)

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

  1. GSU course and student population
  2. International university, faculty partner(s), and student population (contact Nannette Commander, VE Coordinator, for assistance in identifying partner if needed)
  3. VE activities (address suitability for large-enrollment classes if appropriate)
  4. Facilitation of student interaction and grading of VE activities
  5. Technology utilized (If you are unsure, use this resource guide for more ideas.)
  6. 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)
  7. Sustainability of VE activities in future course offerings [present plan for how VE component could be integrated into a course for multiple semesters and facilitated by different instructor(s)]
  8. Statement from Chair for VE in classes with seating capacity >75: “I support this application and understand that if the proposal is accepted, the amount of $3,500 will be awarded ($500 for attendance at Designing VE Workshop with VE partner, $2,000 for travel to partner’s institution during summer 2022, and $1,000 for implementation of VE project during fall 2022)
  9. Signature of Department Chair and 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 – plan for how VE component could be integrated into a course for multiple semesters and facilitated by different instructor(s)

Final Report: due by December 16, 2022*

The final report should include the following:

  • Course name, number, CRN, US and international student population and partner institution
  • Beginning and end date of VE project
  • Approximate number of hours per week and number of weeks that students engaged in VE activities
  • Description of communication and/or interaction with institutional partner(s)
  • VE objectives, learning outcomes, and description of student assessment (formal or informal)
  • Description of VE activities
  • Appropriateness and any modifications of timeline and technology
  • Current or planned changes to teaching because of VE
  • Research activities on VE
  • Support by department, college, university
  • Plans for implementing VE in future courses
  • Future support or assistance that would be helpful and/or necessary for you to remain actively engaged with VE

*All identifying information will be kept confidential and not shared with your department or college.

Submit complete proposal as a single PDF file via email to ncommander@gsu.edu. by March 4, 2022, at 5 p.m. 

Award notifications will be made by March 11, 2022.

Workshop tentatively scheduled for weeks of March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th, 2022.