Professional Development Opportunities for Virtual Exchange

Virtual Exchange Training Course for UF Faculty

The Office of Global Learning at the UF International Center offers a 5-week, fully online course during which participants become familiar with various models for virtual exchange. Participants work on the development of their own project and learn about the requirements for implementing a successful VE within a course that they teach regularly. UF faculty are encouraged to attend the course with their virtual exchange partners.

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Virtual Exchange
  • Module 2: Navigating Intercultural Collaborations
  • Module 3: Designing a Virtual Exchange: Task Design
  • Module 4: Utilizing Technology Effectively
  • Module 5: Implementing VE at UF & Project Presentations

Eligibility: Faculty and staff with educational responsibilities

Mode: Online training with some synchronous sessions. Training takes 2 hours per week of independent work plus one hour of synchronous online interaction with facilitators, other course participants, and/or international partners.

Deliverable: Proposal for a virtual exchange module to be implemented within 2 semesters.

Award: All participants will receive a digital badge upon completion of the program. UF Faculty will receive $500 in professional development funds pending budgetary approval. This training counts for 500 miles toward the Global Teaching and Learning Certificate. 

Duration: 15-hour online training, completed over six weeks.

Requirements: An international partner is strongly recommended but not required. Assistance finding a partner is available through the course organizers.

Questions: Office of Global Learning,

To learn more and sign up, click here.

Online Courses

A variety of free online self-paced courses is available through the Qatar Foundation International. Participants can work on these courses at their own pace and can obtain a digital badge after completion. The courses include guidance and resources on the following topics:

  • Virtual Exchange 101: Introduction
  • Virtual Exchange 102: Partnerships
  • Virtual Exchange 103: Project Design
  • Commit to Action: Global Service Learning and Virtual Exchange

​Webinars & Videos

The Stevens Initiative regularly organizes free webinars on virtual exchange and offers a variety of recorded videos on different topics related to virtual exchange.


International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC) is the largest and most prominent event on virtual exchange, providing a forum for an audience of deans, directors, faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and professionals from institutions around the world interested in technology enabled global learning, international education, and new pedagogies.