Our research article for the special issue of the Journal of International Students is out!

This special issue of the Journal of International Students, Virtual Exchange: Evidence and Analysis to Advance the Field, co-editors Melissa Whatley and Taylor C. Woodman and international teams of researchers explore the complex realities and provide new directions for the rapidly growing field of virtual exchange and its continually evolving models and modalities.

Our FRAMES-related paper Scenarios for the Integration of Virtual Exchange in Higher Educationdescribes the results of the analysis carried out within FRAMES which collected and analysed Virtual Exchange (VE) case studies building upon desk research and through an open survey, so as to identify and describe various scenarios of accredited VEs. By using a qualitative methodology based on pattern matching analysis, collected cases were aggregated into four scenarios to be potentially used by a variety of European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs): VE as a preparatory or follow-up activity to physical mobility (blended mobility); VE as an intertwined component of physical mobility (blended mobility); VE as a stand-alone learning activity; VE as a component of a course. The main conclusions and recommendations revolve around the need to expand the number of potential scenarios across all disciplines and contexts and the urge to  train  academic  as  well  as administrative  staff  to facilitate the integration of VE in HEIs.

The open access article is available here.

The JIS Special Issue is available here

Published: 2022-09-09

Join us on September 29 for the launch of the FRAMES Toolkit

Building on the scenarios report and the project’s training efforts, we are excited to present the FRAMES Toolkit for Blended Mobility Implementation and Accreditation to you in September. 

This Toolkit is developed to show higher education professionals which steps they can take to integrate and accredit Virtual Exchange at HEIs. It provides inspiration, tools and key information to come to strategies that are suitable for different institutional realities. 

Whether you are an administrative officer wanting to explore what VE integration can bring to your university, or a teacher struggling to find ways to accredit and sustain your VE activities in the curriculum; the FRAMES Toolkit will help you take action. 

During the virtual event FRAMES team members will present the toolkit to you and discuss ways that higher education professionals can use it to their advantage.

Register here and be the first to learn about this original an innovative and multimedia initiative!


When: 29 September, 3:00-3:40 pm CEST 

Where: Online on Zoom

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpdeuhpjwtHdVOVFnpMiWZuivrirTrzaCF 


We are glad to announce that FRAMES will be represented in one of the sessions in the 32nd Annual EAIE Conference, which will take place on 13-16 September in Barcelona.

Alicia Betts, University of Girona, Sara Pittarello, UNICollaboration, and Anna Pratesi, University of Siena, will be speaker at the session titled “Integration and accreditation of blended mobility and virtual exchange: from theory to practice“, scheduled on Thursday, 15 September 2022 at 15:30-16:30.

The Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition is Europe’s largest international education event, it is a forum for networking and exchanging ideas between peers. This year’s conference theme is ‘The future in full colour’.

More about the session and the EAIE conference can be consulted here.

Open Badges have just been issued and awarded to the successful participants in the Online Training on Virtual Exchange and blended mobility integration

More than 240 people registered to attend the online training, which was held between 2nd and 29th May 2022, and ca. 120 participants from all over the world were actively engaged throughout the course, sharing their experience and ideas about how to potentially integrate and accredit Virtual Exchange within their HEIs. Participants were both academic and administrative staff covering different positions and playing various roles at university level and represented various units and departments, and not only the central administration.

The very last assignment saw participants committed to draft individual/collective Action Plans on how to integrate VE within their institution in the next few years, and as many as 30 of them have submitted their Action Plans which are being revised by the course trainers in these weeks, so as to provide them with feedback.

The lively engagement and active contributions by most of the participants have led the FRAMES team to create a mailing list, to satisfy their request to keep in touch after the course lifetime.

SAVE-THE-DATE: Training on Virtual Exchange and blended mobility integration

Save the Date: May 2 to May 29 2022 (4 weeks)

We are happy to announce the upcoming ‘FRAMES Collaborative online Training on Virtual Exchange and blended mobility integration’. This training is of specific interest for IRO staff and related offices (mobility officers, educational offer, career offices), IT staff, management and educational leaders as well as academic staff of any interested HEI. The training course aims to develop the participants’ capacity to design, implement, assess and multiply relevant mobility schemes enriched by Virtual Exchange (VE). As such, this training course does not focus on VE project design, but rather on the opportunities linked to the integration and accreditation of this innovative pedagogy in the curriculum and within the institutional strategies.

The innovative feature of the training consists in its experiential, connectivist and project-based approach, whereby expert trainers from UNICollaboration and Sharing Perspectives Foundation will support participants  as they work collaboratively on tasks and activities that will be both asynchronous (fora, materials to read and watch, and weekly tasks) and synchronous (weekly meetings via Zoom – 2 options per week). Supported by the trainers, participants collaborate with their colleagues to develop a hands-on  action  plan for the  successful integration and accreditation of VE at your institution.

More information about the training course and how to participate is available here

We encourage you to share this information with any interested colleagues.

FRAMES at the European Learning & Teaching Forum

On the 17th of February 2022 Alicia Betts (Universitat de Girona) and Ana Beaven (UNICollaboration) presented FRAMES in a breakout session of the European Learning & Teaching Forum “On site, online, on point?”, organised online by EUA, the European Universities Association.

The European Learning & Teaching Forum is an EUA event that provides an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss developments in learning and teaching at European universities.

ACA webinar: What’s new in Brussels?

On the 3rd of February 2022 our wonderful colleague Alicia Betts will present some of the the FRAMES insights project at the “What’s new in Brussels?” event organized by ACA – Academic Cooperation Association.

She will be presenting some of the FRAMES insights and the experience at the Universitat de Girona with blended mobility.

Programme and info here: https://acaevents.idloom.events/what-s-new-in-brussels-recent-developments-in-european-policies-and-programmes

CIHE webinar: Virtual Exchange and Mobility: Access, Integration, and Internationalization

The Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College will host a webinar on “Virtual Exchange and Mobility: Access, Integration, and Internationalization” on the 15th of February, 2022.

Panelists will map the current field of virtual exchange, efforts to expand access to higher education internationalization through virtual student mobility, and scenarios for the integration and accreditation of Virtual Exchange in higher education.


DATE: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

TIME: 4:00-5:00 pm CET / 10:00-11:00 am EST



Recorded webinar