Category: Collaborative Learning and Telecollaboration / Virtual Exchange


Effects of a New COIL Project Combining Synchronous Discussions and Asynchronous Video-Based-Exchanges

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) has been widely conducted in various ways around the world to improve target language (L2) skills and gain intercultural awareness (Carlisle & Sáenz, 2023). Synchronous interactions, such as real-time discussions, require participants to immediately understand their partners’ messages and respond promptly. For this reason, synchronous exchanges have often been limited


Fostering Intercultural Competence Through Virtual Exchange in Japanese Higher Education

This research project investigates the experiences of Japanese university students who participate in virtual exchange programs and how students’ intercultural competence enhances after the participation of a program. Intercultural competence is emerging as a significant educational skill in Japanese higher education, yet most intercultural competence frameworks have been developed by Western scholars with Western perspectives


The Pragmatic Function of Code-switching in a Bilingual Telecollaboration Project

Not enough attention has been paid to the pragmatic function of code-switching in telecollaboration as it has commonly been regarded as a sign of lack of competence in the L2 or negative transfer from the L1. For this reason, the aim of this paper is to analyse the discourse produced by participants of a bilingual


Creating Innovative Educational Hackathons as a Means for International Institutions to Collaborate While Also Assisting NGOs

Educational hackathons offer a unique learning opportunity for participants. They provide a platform for individuals to learn new skills, collaborate with others, and solve complex problems while working on real-world projects and gaining hands-on experience. This approach is particularly rewarding when used to connect universities across continents and to partner with international NGOs. This paper