Journal of Virtual Exchange

Journal of Virtual Exchange is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal aimed at practitioners and researchers in the field known variously as telecollaboration, virtual exchange, or online intercultural exchange. It is the official journal of UniCollaboration, the international academic organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting telecollaboration and virtual exchange in higher education.

What are the aims of the journal?

Journal of Virtual Exchange aims to support the community of telecollaborative practitioners and researchers by providing a forum for reporting and discussing innovative practice. The key conviction behind the journal is that telecollaboration owes its vitality in great measure to the innovative practice, experience-based insights and critical reflections of teaching professionals. The journal aims to be a forum for the exchange of ideas, insights, experience, and theory from practitioners and researchers, with an emphasis on dialogue between theory, principles and practice.

What kinds of contribution does the journal accept?

Research articles of 6000 to 8000 words report on theoretical and substantial empirical contributions. A range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches are acceptable, but such work will typically go beyond attitudinal investigations of reports, for which practice reports (see below) are a more suitable format.

Practice reports should provide detailed, critical accounts of innovative telecollaborative projects of which at least one iteration has been completed and evaluated. The projects should not be simply replications of projects reported elsewhere in the literature: they should be original or, if closely based on existing projects or designs, incorporate significant adaptations (e.g., to design or to context of application). They should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length. More details on the recommended format of practice reports can be found here.

For each practice report, the editors invite one response, in which an established researcher or practitioner offers a complementary theoretical or comparative perspective on the exchange project in the target report. Respondents are welcome to use media other than text.

Keynote articles are contributions taking a higher-level perspective on the field, by providing overviews of new developments in technology or pedagogy, for example, or addressing conceptual, theoretical, institutional, or infrastructural issues. They may also seek to place telecollaboration and virtual exchange in a wider context – intellectual, social, cultural or political. Keynote articles are invited by the editors directly, though proposals are welcome. Keynotes are between 6000 and 8000 words in length.

JVE is owned by UniCollaboration, the international academic organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting telecollaboration and virtual exchange in higher-level education. Further information can be viewed at

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Vol 1 (2018)

Table of Contents

Keynote Articles

Robert O'Dowd
Breffni O’Rourke