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Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Virtual International Exchange: Transition and Inclusion in Global Educational Contexts

Course Description

Due to increasing migration and globalization processes, dealing with (cultural) heterogeneity and preparing for it is a central challenge of teacher education. Intercultural perspectives and international experiences are essential for the professionalization, especially for future preschool and primary school teachers. VIEW (= Virtual intercultural exchange worldwide) as a digital project-seminar focuses on intercultural perspectives and exchange. The goal of this seminar is to promote an intercultural exchange of international and German (preschool, inclusive and primary) education students by focussing on the topics “transition” and “inclusion”. Through the intensive work while the whole seminar, the students will get to know each other better and an intensive exchange is promoted, on a formal and informal level. There will be a fixed group of international and JLU students. The group will be divided into fixed tandems or small groups of international and JLU students. The seminar will focus on 3 content modules (topics: M1: Basics on Transiton and Inclusion; M2: Transition to primary school; M3: Inclusion.

The course is designed by a flipped classroom model: At first students get theoretical input via a digital learning environment (e.g. texts, videos, …). Secondly, the students meet in groups virtually and work on a task together. Finally, a joint discussion about the module topic and the students’ experience takes place. Beyond the formal exchange JLU Virtual International Programme (VIP) * Mandatory information (publication on the website and in the programme flyer) there will be compulsory wrap-up sessions for informal exchange. Accompanying the seminar, students will create an e-portfolio to document learning content as well as their personal experiences and reflections. Assessment will focus on the presentations of the group-work and on essays.


Social Sciences and Cultural Studies




Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller (JLU) / Associate Professor Maire Tuul (Tallinn University)

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

16/10/2023 - 09/02/2024

Mode and Time

asynchron: recorded synchronous dates: Wednesdays 5-7pm: 
1st November
8th November
29th November
6th December 

Fridays (module days): 3-6.30 pm
17th November
8th December
15th December 

Online Tool for Teaching


Language of Instruction


Target Group

Bachelor, Master


English B2/German optional

Examination Format

portfolio, group presentation & essay



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