International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC) 2020 special issue: editorial





We are pleased to bring you this Special Issue of the Journal of Virtual Exchange, the second such volume to publish articles resulting from the International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC) 2020. This special issue includes five research articles presented at IVEC 2020 (http://iveconference.org/2020-conference) and a panel discussion. Each manuscript underwent double-blind review, which was then followed by rigorous editing and revising. Their work represents the amazing diversity that is blossoming in the field of Virtual Exchange (VE) as practitioners, academic administrators, and researchers realise its potential as well as its inevitable challenges.  

VE research presented in this special issue ranges from the study of the impact of VE on language learning (uptake) (Feng et al.) to a complex, three-way project with a focus on physical and digital accessibility (Oswal et al.). While Bartsch et al. describe their new framework that combines inquiry-based learning with digital storytelling in VE, Ganassin et al. share their findings regarding the underexplored area of staff (administrators and instructors) perceptions of the role of VE in Internationalisation at Home (IaH). In this same vein, Ruther et al. report on their work in an assessment-based approach to VE programme building. Findings from longitudinal studies are also presented, providing evidence that VE research as a discipline is maturing.  

Author Biographies

Carine E. Ullom, Ottawa University, UNICollaboration

Carine Ullom is the Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation at Ottawa University (US).  She has over 25 years’ experience implementing and evaluating learning technologies in higher education. She is a trainer, researcher, and practitioner of virtual exchange and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Virtual Exchange.

Müge Satar, Newcastle University

Dr Müge Satar is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the School of Education Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University (UK). Her teaching and research focus on foreign language learning and teaching using technology and through online multimodal interaction. Dr Satar is the School director of internationalisation, executive board member of UNICollaboration, and co-editor of the Journal of Virtual Exchange.