Center for Faculty Innovation

Madison Fellowship: Developing and Evaluating Global Virtual Exchange Experiences

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

As higher education institutions emphasize high-impact practices in their courses and as programs and technology advances, Global Virtual Exchange (GVE also known as COIL) has become a popular approach to create intercultural and collaborative learning for participating students and instructors. While GVE has the potential to create problem based, transformative, and inexpensive learning experiences without traveling, instructors may benefit from support in planning, implementing, and evaluating these learning experiences to ensure they are meeting needs and having their intended impact.

This Madison Fellowship, co-facilitated with the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), will guide instructors who are interested in designing, implementing, and evaluating virtual exchanges in international and intercultural contexts.


Participants will meet 4 times throughout the semester to make progress on

  • Defining the purpose of the GVE: develop objectives of the project/course, review of relevant literature and models, and develop research questions for a potential research project
  • Designing the project: designing the curriculum & delivery, developing methodologies for a research study
  • Determining the logistics of the project: identifying research/teaching partners, institutional support/challenges, IRB & resources
  • Assessing the impact of the project: assessment, presentations, & publications. The focused topics and meeting days/times will be negotiated with the selected participants.

Apply by: Wednesday, September 20 @ 5pm


Application Questions: (Question Pro Survey)

  1. Rank/Role at JMU
  2. In 3-5 sentences, describe your current Global Virtual Exchange (GVE) research/teaching project or interest. If you are unfamiliar with GVE, indicate this.
  3. Describe how working in a group of peers focused on their GVE projects might be beneficial to you.  
  4. Describe specific needs you hope will be met by your participation in this group. 
  5. If you are accepted to this Madison Fellowship faculty community, you will be required to attend all 4 meetings beginning in late September/Early October. The day/time will be determined based on the selected participants’ availability.  Please provide general availability for meetings (e.g., MWF afternoons).
  6. Is there anything else you would like to share? (optional)

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only! If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend please email with your request.


CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.

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