Fostering (Critical) digital teaching competence through virtual exchange

Mueller-Hartmann, Andreas and Hauck, Mirjam (2022). Fostering (Critical) digital teaching competence through virtual exchange. In: Kayi-Aydar, Hayriye and Reinhardt, Jonathon eds. Language Teacher Development in Digital Contexts. Language Learning and Language Teaching (57). Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 135–156.



This chapter reports on findings in relation to one of the sub-questions that the Evaluating and Upscaling Telecollaborative Teacher Education (EVALUATE) project, an Erasmus+ funded European Policy Experimentation (EPE), set out to address. We explore how online (language) teacher trainees are best supported in developing critical digital literacy as framed by Darvin (2017) and Morris (2017) as well as critical digital teaching competence, which remains underexplored in Virtual Exchange (VE)-based teacher education. The insights gained from a close examination of one EVALUATE exchange highlight how crucial systematic reflective evaluation of the processes the trainees are involved in is for competence development in VE contexts.

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