VIRTUAL COLLABORATION CHALLENGE

WHAT?

In this 6-week virtual student collaboration program, students from several countries work in mixed teams on a real-world task and pitch their final results to a jury. The mentor-led format allows students to improve their 21st Century Skills. The criteria-based performance validation in the participation offers students a differentiation in their future job search process.

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The program is a co-creation of Birkenvale and Dual Academy. The pilot program 2019 was funded by the Swiss government (Movetia) as an innovative educational project with an international scope. Participating schools gain the opportunity to enrich their school curricula with an applied international format. 93% of the participants recommend the program!

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In the virtual student collaboration program, students work on a real-world project and can demonstrate a set of competences. Upcoming tasks are (each team can chose preferred task):

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  • Marketing strategy for start-up in team sports analysis

  • Concept to reduce tobacco consumption among youth

The time investment is approx. 4-6 hours per week (30 learning hours in total).

EVALUATION

  • Self-evaluation of participants before and after the program

  • Pitch evaluation through jury with criteria-based team performance report

  • Winning team receives social media promotion

LEVEL OF STUDENTS

  • Upper Secondary level (years 11-12)

  • Bachelor students

  • Master students​

  • VET apprentices

  • Higher VET students

The students will be assigned to a globally mixed team of approx. 4-7 people.

ROLE OF SCHOOL

The participation of the school / faculty member involves:

  • Promotion of virtual collaboration challenge among students

  • Single point of contact for group registrations

COSTS

To offer equal opportunities to participate in the Virtual Collaboration Challenge, we have different prices for each region and depending on the number of participants registered by a faculty member/school. Please see our pricelist for details.

NEXT PROGRAM STARTS

Next programs start in March 2021.