For students of the Globalization Program
A really valuable part of studying at VIU is meeting students from different places, with different backgrounds, and studying in different disciplinary areas.
As we are starting the Fall semester online, we don't want you to miss out on this opportunity.

So, VIU is pleased to host its first Virtual Exchange project this semester (Fall 2020) and you will be the first lucky students to benefit from this innovative and enriching initiative. It is part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project promoted and supported by the European Commission.
It will be an opportunity for you to get to know each other and to have some interesting conversations about topics that (we hope!) are relevant to your lives today.

Among the aims of the project is the creation of an environment in which we, as the VIU community which you are part of, cultivate global awareness and global competence, and increased social and cultural openness.

How does it work?
Each week we will send you some articles/videos related to a topical issue, and you will meet your peer group for an online discussion once a week.
The project will last 4 weeks. It is not an academic course and your participation will not be graded. However, we do expect all registered students to participate.

The 4 topics are:
1) Communication in the ‘virtual exchange - Week 1 (September 7-11)
2) Culture(s) and imagination - Week 2 (September 14-18)
3) Gender and sexuality - Week 3 (September 21-25)
4) Migration, race and religion - Week 4 (September 28-October 2)

The reading/video materials will be released week-by-week on the Moodle eLearning platform. They are selected so as to help stimulate your reflections on the topic. There will be some exercises to do too, for some extra focus.

You will be divided into groups, so as to mix as much as possible countries of origin to create diverse discussion groups.
You will meet virtually via Zoom for a 90-minute live session for peer-to-peer discussion, with the participation of a facilitator.

As this is part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, we have to ask you to fill in a form on the European project's website.
Please do so here by Thursday 3 September:

Then choose your preferred time slot for your online discussion group. Your live discussion session will be on the same day and at the same time each week. Make sure it does not overlap with your courses. If you need to make changes to your course registration, we can help re-assign you to a different discussion group.

The choices for the online discussion group are:
Tuesdays 1.30 pm-3.00 pm
Thursdays 1.30 pm-3.00 pm
Fridays 10 am-11.30 am
Fridays 2.30 pm-4.00 pm
Choose your weekly session here (one session per week):

What is Virtual Exchange?
Technology-enabled, facilitated, people-to-people education programs, employing a variety of technologies and educational pedagogy, leading to meaningful, transnational, and intercultural experiences.

Why at VIU?
To initiate engagement among students earlier, intensify exchange and collaboration among members and promote the “VIU model” of intercultural, interdisciplinary activities.

Learning Outcomes
- improved transversal (soft) skills: interpersonal and intercultural communication skills and competence relevant for employability
- increased ability to approach difference positively, through the cultivation of global awareness and global competence, and increased social and cultural openness
- increased capacity for critical thinking
- increased ability in creative problem-solving
- increased ability to work in teams
- improved language skills
- increased confidence, empathy, curiosity
- digital literacy

Project Development
VIU is grateful to Prof. Sabrina Marchetti (Ca' Foscari) and Prof. Dany Carnassale (Ca' Foscari) who are participating in the project by selecting the project modules and materials.

The project is part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project. You can learn more about it here.
Each group will have a facilitator from the Erasmus+ project. Our staff member Maddalena Gottardi will also participate as a trainee facilitator.