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Global Virtual Exchange Initiative

The Texas Global Virtual Exchange Initiative encourages UT Austin faculty to co-create collaborative online international learning courses with peers at universities around the world. Virtual exchanges foster meaningful, sustainable, and accessible international experiences for all UT Austin students.

UT Austin faculty and their international partners co-develop and co-teach undergraduate/graduate courses or modules within courses. Content is delivered synchronously and asynchronously. UT students gain global perspectives, deepening their understanding of the subject matter while engaging in projects or problem-based learning.

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Funding Opportunity

The Texas Global Virtual Exchange Initiative provides funding, as well as instructional and administrative support, for faculty to incorporate collaborative online international learning in existing or new undergraduate and graduate courses.

Texas Global Virtual Exchange Request for Proposals

The Texas Global Virtual Exchange initiative supports faculty wishing to collaborate with peers at institutions abroad to co-create courses or course modules delivered virtually via widely available online technology. Global virtual exchanges allow students to participate in interactive learning, are excellent vehicles for project and problem-based activities, and foster a context for cross-cultural interaction thereby enhancing their global competency. Virtual exchanges contribute to UT Austin’s aim of integrating global perspectives and innovating teaching practices into the curriculum.

Eligibility

Tenure and non-tenure track faculty, lecturers, and professors of the practice, with a minimum of a half-time appointment and at least two semesters of teaching experience at UT Austin at the time of application, are eligible to apply. Collaboration between faculty and graduate students is allowable if the eligible faculty member is the principal applicant and the instructor of record.

Funding and Activities Supported

Track A: Single Institution Partnership

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for proposals that include one international partner. An additional $500 will be awarded to proposals that include collaborating institutions in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Faculty who have previously received funding from the Global Classroom or Global Virtual Exchange program are not eligible to apply.

Track B: Multi-institution Partnership

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded for proposals that include up to three international partners from different countries. For proposals that include more than one partner, an additional $500 will be awarded for each collaborating international institution.  When selecting partners, time zones considerations must be taken into account to allow for synchronous communication among all students. Faculty who have received funding from the Global Classroom or Global Virtual Exchange programs must propose a new course that has not previously incorporated virtual collaborative online international learning.

** Allowable costs include faculty stipend/honorarium, travel, technology (webcams, audio equipment, software), graduate assistant support, and educational resources.

General Information                                                                    

Global Virtual Exchanges can be incorporated into new or existing undergraduate and graduate courses.  Faculty teaching Signature Courses and carrying UGS Flags are encouraged to apply. The virtual exchange can be implemented for the entirety of the course (semester or summer) or for a minimum of four weeks during the proposed course. Students earn credit and receive grades from their home university. Virtual exchange courses must include the following:

  • Collaboration with specified number of institutions per Track requirements;
  • Digital technologies for teaching and learning;
  • Project or problem-based learning;
  • Minimum of 8 synchronous class sessions as well as asynchronous learning not limited to:
    • Cultural presentations;
    • Group discussions;
    • Participatory lectures; 
    • Collaborative group work;
    • Conversation hours; and
    • Student projects and peer-feedback.
       

Grant Period

March 1, 2021 – June 1, 2023

Deadline is January 6, 2021. Access the full request for proposals and apply through InfoReady.
 

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Global Virtual Exchange Faculty

As of Fall 2020, Texas Global has supported 44 faculty to develop and implement virtual exchanges across 6 continents and 29 countries, serving thousands of students around the world.  Texas Global will announce a new deadline for proposal submissions this fall. 

2020 Initiative Grant

Faculty awardees of the inaugural Global Virtual Exchange Initiative Grant will be teaching new virtual exchange courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. These projects represent our professors’ dedication to continuing international learning in uncertain times.

2020 Implementation Grant

Faculty awardees of the inaugural Global Virtual Exchange Implementation Grant will be teaching ambitious new virtual exchange courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. These expansive virtual exchange projects are built upon years of collaboration and experience with international partners.

2020 Development Grant

Faculty awardees of the inaugural Global Virtual Exchange Development Grant will establish their international partnerships and plan a virtual exchange course to be taught beginning in 2021-2022.

Previous Global Virtual Exchange Cohorts

Many of our Global Virtual Exchange faculty forge long-lasting partnerships that result in multiple virtual exchange courses and research collaborations.


Register for a Global Virtual Exchange Course

When you enroll in a Global Virtual Exchange, you access global opportunities through your UT-Austin courses – for no additional cost.

Your UT GVE professor will partner with an international professor to co-teach a module, and you will participate in collaborative learning activities with students at the international university. This “virtual exchange” will enable you to:

  • Explore new cultures and global perspectives
  • Work on group projects and make contacts with students abroad
  • Access lectures by international experts and scholars
  • Prepare for future international education or work
  • Gain professional skills such as intercultural competence and digital literacy

How to Register

Enroll in a GVE course as you would any other at UT; there is no separate application process. Remain registered on campus and receive credit and grades from your home professor, all while globalizing your UT experience.

Global Virtual Exchange courses have been offered in 8 colleges and schools at UT-Austin, and are taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level.