COVID-19 impacts on virtual exchange around the world
Keywords:global learning during COVID-19, impacts of COVID-19 on VE, VE opportunities and challenges, digital equity, inclusion, access
The COVID-19 pandemic has simultaneously created both opportunities and challenges for the emerging field of virtual exchange: On one hand, institutional administrators and funding organisations saw virtual exchange as the solution to global learning needs while physical travel was restricted and traditional mobility programmes were suspended. On the other hand, instructors felt overwhelmed by transitioning all of their teaching online, and without physical access to their educational institutions, many students and instructors lacked reliable internet connections or safe places to engage in learning, not to mention the financial burdens of the pandemic.
This moderated panel discussion which took place during the IVEC 2020 conference invited diverse perspectives to explore the impacts of the pandemic on virtual exchange in various contexts around the world. Central to the discussion were issues of equity, inclusion and justice: Is virtual exchange truly a more accessible and equitable form of global learning, as it is often promoted to be?
In this video contribution, Eva Haug moderates the conversation between Maha Bali, Paulo Goes, and Anita Patankar around the following questions.
* How is virtual exchange a solution to global learning during COVID-19?
* What have been the two to three most relevant impacts of the pandemic on virtual exchange activity at your institution, in your country, or region of the world?
* How can we as a field of practitioners maintain and sustain the current momentum and interest in VE in a post-COVID-19 world?
* Can intercultural exchange be apolitical?
* If an institution is in a position of power or privilege, how can they create space in virtual exchange for institutions that are less represented?
The video recording is accessible on: https://vimeo.com/459415071 (CC BY-NC-NC).
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