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VE Basics

Self-Paced Course with Dr. Andrea Thomas, Consultant

VE Basics is a flexible, self-paced course that accommodates your schedule. It teaches smart, effective strategies to faculty in higher education who are seeking help with basic principles and course design and virtual exchange for more impact and engagement with their students and counterparts.

Whether you’re brand new to Virtual Exchange or established and ready to grow, VE Basics will guide you to plan and execute your partnerships with more ease. It’s designed to turn your course into a collaborative think tank that fuels critical thinking, innovation and mutual understanding.

November 1-5, 2021

Dr. Andrea Thomas


Dr. Andrea Thomas is a Consultant and institutional mentor for Virtual Exchange, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and global inclusion.

Services offered:

  • Faculty professional development to unpack the basic principles of virtual international peer to peer learning pedagogy
  • Institutional Mentorship with Senior Administrators seeking to start and build to scale virtual exchange, interdepartmentally and with multiple campuses
  • Providing tools for virtual community building which fosters active student engagement and exchange.
  • Mentorship for syllabus integration and partnership collaboration
  • Engagement Strategy for student motivation
  • Identify methods of assessment for student learning outcomes


  • Disruptor and change agent, Andrea has worked with 35 universities globally as an institutional mentor to design effective programming for digital community and international peer to peer learning though for Virtual Exchange and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
  • Andrea was the Senior International Officer (SIO) at Farmingdale State College and a Fellow for the Association of International Educators Administrators (AIEA) in 2019.
  • Experience with the American Council on Education (ACE) and The SUNY COIL Center on Virtual Exchange
  • VE Country Collaborations include: Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Chile, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Colombia, Wales
  • Peer Review for International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC)
  • Presented at International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC), Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), American Council on Education (ACE) Annual Meeting, Association of International Educators Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference

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