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Teaching staff from 20 CGU member universities filed an application for the first call of the Training and Teaching innovation course on virtual exchange based on the COIL model.  

The Training and Teaching innovation course on virtual exchange based on the COIL model of the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and University La Salle Mexico received 308 applications, of which 299 were from the teaching staff of the member universities and nine from non-affiliated higher education institutions. Thus, the number of registrations has almost doubled the number of places reserved for CGU university teachers and professors, which was established in 150 seats.

These 299 applications come from 20 member universities based in the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Therefore, teaching staff from CGU member universities will have the opportunity to benefit from an intercultural and international experience during the training, as there will be representatives from seven countries.

At the moment, trainer Olga Patricia Meza Morón from La Salle University Mexico is reviewing the applications and profiles of the teaching staff enrolled in the course, to establish the academic matches. As explained in the programme of the Training and Teaching innovation course on virtual exchange based on the COIL model, as far as possible, we will try to assign the pairs based on their academic profile and following the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) defined by UNESCO. For this purpose, Meza will use the data provided in the registration form.

At the beginning of next week, the trainer will send a message to the registered teaching staff to inform them about the designation of the training partner, the registration process on the Moodle platform and the date of the opening session of the course. Likewise, those who have not been allocated a training partner will be offered the option of transferring their registration to future calls.

A high potential initiative 

The initiative of the Training and innovation course “Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning” arises from the commitment reached between the CGU and University La Salle Mexico to provide free training on this tool for the internationalisation of the classroom. This training is open to teaching staff from CGU member universities and the International Association of La Salle Universities.