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2020 Special Issue

International Virtual Exchange and eLearning­­­­­­­­


Virtual exchange, also known as global exchange, telecollaboration, global learning, collaborative online international learning (COIL), or globally networked learning, provides opportunities for intercultural and transnational learning experiences to students within the curriculum of a school or college and university classrooms across the globe. It uses synchronous and asynchronous eLearning technology to bring participants together virtually to solve problems through collaborative projects and activities. These activities are often embedded within an existing course in any format (face-to-face, blended, or online) and may involve a variety of subject matters. The learning exchange occurs in the virtual environment across locations. Through co-developed and co-taught course modules, the ultimate goal of international virtual exchange is to promote intercultural dialogue, enhance employability, and foster global opportunities.

This special issue aims at sharing experiences in order to provide concrete advice, strategies, and resources to enhance international virtual exchange and collaboration in higher education. All articles should focus on international virtual exchange and explore its impact, value, and potential in the online classroom.

Researchers, administrators, and practitioners are invited to submit to eLearn Magazine Special Issue on International Virtual Exchange and eLearning. Contributors are encouraged to present research, share experiences, and suggest technologies. Topics might include, but not limited to the following:

  • Original material highlighting critical reflection pieces.
  • Emerging theories, approaches, or virtual exchange models.
  • Interaction and communication processes through virtual exchange.
  • Global classroom innovations that utilize instructional technology and tools to enhance the virtual exchange learning experience.
  • Course design strategies and implementation.
  • Learning assessment or program evaluation of virtual exchange initiatives.
  • Instructor perspectives on course design and delivery.
  • Student perspectives on international learning through virtual exchange.
  • Approaches for implementing and supporting virtual exchange programs.
  • Management and organization of international virtual exchange initiatives.
  • Instructor preparation for developing international virtual exchange courses.

While articles for this special issue do NOT need to include original data or research, all articles must be appropriately grounded within relevant literature and justified with theory, evidence, and/or research.

The special issue will include:

  • Theoretical papers
  • Conceptual papers
  • Practical papers
  • Case studies
  • Best practices
  • Interviews
  • Conference or software review



  • EXTENDED Article submission deadline: February 10, 2020
  • Revised full-text due: March 20, 2020
  • Tentative publication: May 2020


Article Preparation and Submission
All articles should follow these general guidelines:

  • Provide a background and present the purpose of the article. For example, identify countries and educational institutions in virtual collaboration, students’ profile, the choice for technology supporting the exchange, and assess proposed results.
  • Connect article topic to a practice, theory, or research.
  • Provide practical advice, resources, tools, and strategies to address the problem.
  • Present findings of the article and discuss them. For example, identify and discuss concrete suggestions for the international virtual exchange community.
  • Report conclusion of the article, and provide suggestions, strategies, practical advice to address to the purpose of the article.

Articles (including citations and references) must strictly be formatted in accordance with ACM's Citation Style and Reference Formats and must be written in clear English.

Maximum length of a submission is 3,000 words or less (excluding references). eLearn is a magazine, therefore articles should be written in a less formal and comprehensive style targeting a general audience. Article submissions must be accompanied by an article title (12 words or less) and a brief article summary (75 words or less). Article manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted through


Peer Review
All submissions are evaluated by a double-blind, peer-review process. Prior to dissemination to the reviewers, the Editors will conduct a preliminary appraisal for content, substance, and appropriateness for the special issue. If the article is clearly inappropriate, the author will be informed, and the article returned. Appropriate articles will be sent to reviewers for blind evaluation. Articles may be used in the regular magazine.

Articles will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Focus (Does the article focus on international virtual exchange experience?)
  • Value (Does the article offer significant value to those involved in international virtual exchange experience in higher education?)
  • Relevance (Is the article grounded in relevant scholarly literature, theoretical foundations, or empirical data?)
  • Impact (Are the recommendations appropriate, valuable, and supported by evidence?)
  • Utility (Does the article offer practical advice for international virtual exchange scholars, practitioners, or administrators?)
  • Innovation (Is the article innovative, original, or offer novel insights?)
  • Current (Is the article thorough and current?)
  • Professional (Is the article professionally written, well-organized, easy to read and free from errors in grammar or spelling?)


Contact Information
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Special Issue Editors: