Setting Up a Virtual Exchange with UMKC

Setting up a virtual exchange with UMKC is simple and is done in four phases. Some virtual exchanges may require a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to be signed by both parties. This may occur if there is a new university partnership that is solely for the purposes of virtual exchange and/or the virtual exchange agreement is complex, involving multiple classrooms and professors from the same institution.

Phase 1 – Connections

For professors and universities interested in connecting with UMKC for a virtual exchange, contact Jeremy D. Slagoski, director of the Applied Language Institute (ALI), at jdslagoski@umkc.edu. For UMKC professors and student groups interested in connecting with our international partners, contact the Study Abroad and Global Engagement (SAGE) office.

For connections involving universities new to UMKC’s global network, the first step is usually to arrange an online meeting with ALI, SAGE, and the interested academic departments. The new connections involving existing partnerships, the first step may be a smaller meeting with one or two members from ALI or SAGE and the interested parties involved.

Phase 2 – Establish Partnerships

Once connections between classrooms, professors, student groups, and departments are made, then we begin working on developing the virtual exchange projects by determining the level of commitment from all parties and how labor will be divided. On the UMKC end, the ALI and SAGE will offer services to help with logistical, technical, and cultural support.

  • Logistical support – coordinating synchronous and/or asynchronous learning across time zones and different academic calendars
  • Technical support – enrolling both UMKC and international students on Canvas if necessary, providing support with video conferencing and other interactive communication technologies
  • Cultural support – helping to bridge language and culture barriers that may interrupt the collaborative process

For international partners, we can also provide logistical and cultural support. If our international partners prefer that we use Canvas for virtual exchanges, then we will charge a technology access and support fee. There is currently no fee to become a virtual exchange partner with UMKC.

Phase 3 – Develop Curriculum

This stage is mainly conducted by the professors or students in charge of leading the virtual exchange project with at least one representative from each side. It is advisable that no new course has to be developed. Instead existing courses can be modified to include a component for virtual exchange.

Sample Classroom-Based Models

Student ProjectShared Course AShared Course BShared Full Course
Synchronous/asynchronousAsynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Students are assigned a project to interact with students from the partner institution for a grade

These interactions are done outside of any synchronous class time

Students choose when and how to meet
A UMKC course and a partner course share an online discussion platform and other asynchronous tools that is mediated and graded by the respective instructors

The student project from the first column can be integrated into this model as well
A UMKC course and a partner course choose a time to meet synchronously at least once a week to share presentations, discussions, and other synchronous interactions

The student activities from the first two columns can be integrated into this model as well
A UMKC instructor and an instructor from a partner institution agree to either modify an existing course or create a new course to offer their respective students that provides learning in multiple modalities, including the student activities from the other columns.
Examples:
• Cultural information report
• Current events discussion
• Interviews
• Problem solving
• Reacting to a reading or video
Examples:
• Same as examples to the left
• Plus an asynchronous assessment, such as a quiz or test
• Each instructor can assess their students differently
Examples
• In-person or hybrid UMKC courses require a room set up for video conferencing
• Courses don’t have to match up as long as there is one unit that shares similar content and learning outcomes
• Each instructor can assess their students differently
Examples of courses
• Intercultural Communication
• English Composition
• Rhetoric
• International Law
• Transnational Trade
• Civil Engineering
• Modern Architecture
• Gender Roles
One week on average2-4 weeks2-4 weeks~8 or 16 weeks

Phase 4 – Registration & Enrollment

International students may need to register and enroll as guests to a UMKC virtual exchange course if the faculty members believe that access to UMKC’s learning management system (Canvas) and other technical services or support from UMKC is needed. If that is the case, then international students may be expected to pay a nominal fee for access. However, currently they will not receive credit from UMKC. All credit is given by the home institution.