The EVALUATE project  aims to evaluate the impact of telecollaborative learning on student-teachers involved in Initial Teacher Education in the participating European countries and regions. Telecollaboration, also commonly known as Virtual Exchange, involves engaging trainee teachers involved in Initial Teacher Education in task-based interaction and collaborative exchange with fellow trainees in other locations through online communication technologies. It is Strand 3 European policy experimentation, which finance projects that assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, potential impact and scalability of innovative policy measures through experimental or semi-experimental approaches. Three key actors in European policy experimentations are: the responsible public authorities, the researchers and the target groups.

The project will study the impact of telecollaborative learning on student-teachers involved in Initial Teacher Education in participating European countries and regions (there are more than 20 partnerships involved around the world). The guiding research question for the study is: “Will participation in telecollaborative exchange contribute to the development of competences which future teachers need to teach, collaborate and innovate effectively in a digitalised and cosmopolitan world?”


From: 17th January 2017 
To: 30th September 2019
Sponsor: Erasmus+ Key Action 3 (Policy Research Strand)
Budget: 453,376 € (total); 43.200€ (UAB)
Research leader: Dr. Robert O’Dowd (Universidad de León)
Research team GREIP members: Melinda Dooly (local project leader), Emilee Moore, Claudia Vallejo, Jelena Marjanovic (PhD student)

Collaborating institutions:

  • Public Authorities: Spanish Ministry For Education, Culture And Sport, Spain; La Junta De Castilla Y León, Spain; Ministry Of Education, Portugal; Ministry Of Human Capacities, Hungary; Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Universities: Universidad de León, Spain (Lead partner); Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Instituto Politécnico De Castelo Branco; Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary; Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, Germany; Universita’ Degli Studi Di Padova, Italy; Open University, UK;
  • University Network: Compostela Group Of Universities (Spain)
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