liveSciences³ Virtual Exchange & Joint Classrooms

As part of the liveSciences³ project, the aim was to establish an enhanced Student International Journey. Virtual Exchange formats were an important component in providing international learning experiences, further qualification and specialization across the Life Sciences, as well as insights into university-specific teaching situations and the learning culture of partner universities.

During Virtual Exchange, learning is moved to a virtual environment; students and lecturers have to connect through learning management platforms and apply digital tools. Implementing Joint Classroom scenarios allowed to integrate diverse and creative elements, such as synchronous sessions as well as asynchronous phases, where students worked together across borders and disciplines from different cultural contexts in a research-oriented way. Such joint courses offered students space for international exchange and diverse opportunities for intercultural communication. Thus, precisely those students gained international academic experience for whom a longer university stay abroad was impossible for financial, health or family reasons. Plus, students considering physical exchange were able to get in contact with future fellow students and lecturers and learn about studying in a different language and environment. More Information on Virtual Exchange and Joint Classroom is provided by the Internationalisierung der Curricula team of the University of Göttingen and their websites, including information on Planing a Virtual Exchange.

Furthermore, establishing Virtual Exchange among international partner universities had a great impact. It drove administrative developments to facilitating international learning opportunities across borders and negotiating standards, platforms and tools.

Plant-Insect Interaction

Joint Classroom offered by Claudio Ramírez (Universidad de Talca, Chile)

The Joint Classroom was open for students from the liveSciences³ network and consisted of synchronous and asynchronous elements. The first, theoretical part of the module includes a look at the current state of the art as well as recent scientific publications on the subject. Here, the students elaborate on topics, discuss and present them to fellow students. In the second part, they take a more in-depth look at scientific papers on this topic in the context of a meta-analysis.

Microfinance for the Rural Poor – A Business Class

Joint Classroom offered by Selina Bruns (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)

This class was already offered in several formats: offline, hybrid, online and as a joint classroom together with the Kenya Methodist University. In this two-week block course, several teaching methods are used. The lecturers alternate asynchronous elements such as recorded classes, independent reading material with online group work, guest lectures and live sessions. After the two-week course, the students have to develop and pitch a business case.

Latest information on Virtual Exchange Initiatives, as well as information and resources for students and teaching staff is provided by the websites of Göttingen International.

  • Flexibility;
  • Extension of course offer because students can visit classes from other institutions;
  • Interaction;
  • Strengthening of Digital Competences – for students AND teachers;
  • Widening the own horizon by interacting with students and teachers from different cultures;
  • Opportunity to practice English.

  • Clear communication of expectations and learning culture;
  • Involve students in processes;
  • Group work and asynchronous elements;
  • Divide group work as fairly as possible and evaluate it separately;
  • Pay attention to time zones —> convenient hours for students.


Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne
Head of project

Dr. Anne Sennhenn
Project Coordinator

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