APVEA: dedicated to bringing the students of this vast region closer together through virtual exchange.
Aquinas and Rikkyo virtual exchange - click here
AGU and HDU virtual exchange - click here
The position paper on Virtual Exchange (VE) created by the INTENT project group states
that "Virtual exchanges are technology-enabled, sustained, people to people education programs. These entail the engagement of groups of students in online intercultural exchange, interaction and collaboration with peers from partner classes in geographically
distant locations, under the guidance of educators and/or expert facilitators." It goes on to state that the "practice is also known as Collaborative online International Learning (COIL) and Globally Networked Learning (GNL)" which may have been the case when the paper was written in 2014, however now it is generally accepted that COIL (and GNL) is very different to VE, as COIL focuses on students' majors and areas of study and intercultural understanding being a "bonus", whereas VE has the development of intercultural understanding as the focus of the study and is generally a part of foreign language learning or culture studies.
APVEA aims to promote VE within the Asia Pacific. APVEA also wants to work with educators to improve the quality of these exchanges and research the most effective ways for them to ensure language and cultural development and understanding occurs.
The fourth biennial APVEA conference was held online due to the pandemic. We hope to have it face-to-face on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia in 2023.