Global Virtual Exchange Classes

What is G-VEC?

Global Virtual Exchange Classes (G-VEC) are a newer initiative for UIC. Sometimes referred to as virtual exchange or COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning), it is a pedagogy that embeds a virtual collaborative learning activity, project, or module in a course.  G-VEC connects students and faculty with their counterparts at another institution abroad. As the SUNY COIL Center further explains:

“It connects you and a colleague in another country to develop collaborative projects that your students do together across time zones, language differences and geographical distance using online tools. It becomes one aspect of your course, supporting your student learning goals, giving you and your students the opportunity to engage hands-on with your course concepts and new ideas and – most importantly – exploring them from different cultural perspectives.”

While the Study Abroad Office is committed to providing students with the opportunity to take their learning abroad, we recognize that not every student may have the chance to do so. G-VEC, then, represents another method to help internationalize the curriculum and provide students with exposure to diverse perspectives. Accordingly, we are available to help faculty members plan a G-VEC project for an existing or new course, connecting you with international partners, identifying appropriate technology, and integrating intercultural learning activities and measures.

G-VEC Models, Development Process, and Resources

Please explore these sections for additional information regarding Global Virtual Exchange Classrooms (G-VEC).

Schedule an Appointment to Discuss a G-VEC Project!

Join the International Flames Network

UIC is looking for international higher education partners who are also engaged in global virtual exchange programming to join our International Flames Network. Joining the network will enable us to help match interested partners from abroad with UIC faculty members seeking a partner for a G-VEC program and vice versa. There is no cost to join the network, please just indicate your interest by completing this brief form.