VALIANT: Virtual Innovation and Support Networks for Teachers

VALIANT’s first objective is to test the efficiency of Virtual Innovation and Support Networks as an approach which will contribute to overcoming teachers’ sense of isolation and low motivation in rural areas and isolated contexts and also to developing teachers’ ability to operate effectively in online international networks of professional collaboration. The second objective of the experimentation is to test the efficiency of this form of Virtual Exchange for providing students of Initial Teacher Education with access to the realities of the teaching profession through regular interaction with in-service teachers integrated into their study programme.   

The hypothesis is that integrating Virtual Exchange programmes into teacher training will provide the target groups (teachers in rural areas and student teachers) with opportunities for innovation, collaboration, digital and intercultural competence development and career planning which would otherwise be difficult to access in rural areas or in times of enforced isolation. They will also make the teaching profession more attractive to student teachers by engaging them in authentic learning and teaching scenarios. 

The experimentation will use a before-after comparison method with experimental and control groups. Quantitative and qualitative data will be triangulated to provide a comprehensive insight into the impact of these Virtual Exchange programmes on teachers’ motivation, their feelings of professional isolation, their career paths and their ability to activate digital and intercultural competences for international professional engagement.

The expected results will provide public authorities with clear evidence whether Virtual Exchange can contribute to rural teachers’ professional development, their ability to develop international networks and to overcome feelings of isolation.


From: 28 February 2021

To: March 2024

Code: 626134-EPP-1-2020-2-ESEPPKA3-PIPOLICY

Funding: Erasmus+ KA3 (EACEA/38/2019): Priority 3 - Strengthening teacher training and education by using the opportunities of new technologies (School education)

  • Project Budget: 798.071,00 €
  • UAB Budget: 58.800€

Principal Coordinator: Dr. Robert O’Dowd, University of León, Spain (      

GREIP participants: Dr. Melinda Dooly (local coordinator), Dr. Dolors Masats, Maria Mont, Dr. Emilee Moore, Cèlia Pratginestós, Claudia Vallejo. Also participating from UAB: Dr. Xavier Fontich

Public Authorities: Consejería de Educación, La Junta De Castilla y León, Spain; Directorate-General for School Administration of the Ministry of Education, Portugal; Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg; Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia; Consellería de Educación, Universidade e FP, Galicia, Spain; Ministry of Education and Research, Norway.

Universities: Universidad de León, Spain; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain (GREIP research centre); Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal; University of Oslo, Norway; Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus; Maribor University, Slovenia; Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany; Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany; University of the Arts, London, UK.

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