Webinar week: Virtual Mobility

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EADTU is organising the Virtual Mobility week building on the recent publication of the “VM report on Innovative Models for Collaboration and Student Mobility in Europe”.

Link to online room: https://eadtu.clickwebinar.com/empowerevents Room-ID 728-692-653

This report is based on new developments in higher education and international collaboration as collected by EADTU’s Task Force and Peer Learning Activity on Virtual Mobility in 2018-2019. The result is a report on three types of collaboration mobility: physical, blended and online. Main parameters for innovative education and mobility formats are defined as well as basic principles of international course and curriculum design. Examples illustrate the complete opportunity space between fully face to face and fully online collaboration. They relate to mobility within single courses, exchange mobility (classical Erasmus), networked programmes and mobility windows and joint programmes with embedded mobility.

Mobility offers opportunities to institutions to strengthen their programmes and to students to enrich their study. They benefit from an international learning experience or following courses not provided by their own institution. The report shows concrete mobility schemes used in the membership (and beyond). It underpins policies for international networking and delivers tools to organise innovative education and mobility formats.

In the webinar week on Virtual mobility we will further demonstrate and explain the outcomes of the Task Force Virtual Mobility and have invited university representatives of showcases in VM to present approaches and outcomes of their currently running VM-models.


Programme:

Tuesday 21 May 2019 [14.00-15.30 CEST]

  • Innovative models for International Collaboration and Mobility in Europe. Report from the EADTU Task Force and a Peer Learning Activity on Virtual Mobility (Ma 2019). (Piet Henderikx, EADTU, The Netherlands)
    The report is based on new developments in higher education and international collaboration, using new modes of teaching and learning. This results in three types of collaboration and mobility: physical, blended and online. Main parameters for innovative education and mobility formats are defined as well as basic principles of international course and curriculum design. Examples illustrate the complete opportunity space between fully face to face and fully online collaboration. They relate to mobility within single courses, exchange mobility (classical Erasmus), networked programmes and mobility windows and joint programmes with embedded mobility.
    The report shows concrete mobility schemes, also achievable in small international collaboration and mobility settings.
    It underpins policies for international networking and delivers tools to organise innovative education and mobility formats.

  • KU Leuven - Stellenbosch University Think Tank (Katrien Vanelven, KU Leuven, Belgium)
    One of the mobility schemes mentioned in 'Innovative models for International Collaboration and Mobility in Europe' is the KU Leuven - Stellenbosch University Think Tank. The KU Leuven - Stellenbosch University Think Tank is an extra-curricular Honours Programme that is predominantly an online programme, but supported by two very short physical mobility periods. It is a student-driven programme for which each university selects up to 20 students. From February until November, an interdisciplinary group of students independently shapes a research project within a given theme. An international and interdisciplinary team of academics coaches the students. Work sessions, including video conference sessions, are organised in the evenings. Online platforms and tools facilitate the collaboration between the students. During the Easter Break, the students meet on campus for a Focus Week. In November, they participate in an on-campus Workshop Week culminating in a concluding event where they present their findings to a broad audience. Ms. Katrien Vanelven from KU Leuven's International Office will talk about the format and lessons learnt.


Wednesday 22 May 2019 [14.00-15.30 CEST]

  • Open Virtual Mobility Skills – Research Results & Application in the Design of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) (Ilona Buchem, Beuth Hochschule für Technik, Germany)
    This contribution will present how Open Virtual Mobility Skills have been elicited and used to design Open Online Courses Erasmus+ strategic partnership Open Virtual Mobility (2017-2020), https://www.openvirtualmobility.eu. Participants will learn about the research methodology and the key research results from Group Concept Mapping and how these results have been translated to the design of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Open Virtual Mobility Skills encompass a set of eight skill clusters. These skills are useful for successful participation in Open Virtual Mobility and at the same time can be gained from participating in Open Virtual Mobility. Participants will also learn how Open Virtual Mobility Skills are assessed and recognised in the Open Virtual Mobility Learning Hub
    https://hub.openvirtualmobility.eu/login/index.php

  • Designing for virtual mobility: lessons learned from piloting a new approach to distance teaching
    (Olga Firssova, OUNL, Netherlands)
    This presentation reflects on the development and a pilot implementation of an international master level online course in Educational Design by three universities from different European countries (FernUni Hagen, OUNL and University of Jyväskylä). The key focus was on connecting students from different cultural and educational backgrounds by collaborative learning and working on an authentic task in the professional domain of their study. Olga Firssova will share some lessons learned on co-designing and co-teaching an international technology-enhanced online course and will discuss this experience against the background of the Open Virtual Mobility competence framework, presented by Ilona Buchem.
  • UOC with Latin-American Universities (Carme Anguera Iglesias, UOC, Spain)
    The UOC, which is sensititve to the need to bring lifelong learning to a larger and more diverse number of people, prioritizes, with special emphasis, collaborations with foreign universities which share the same goals. UOC’s innovative virtual mobility model it’s based on our pedagogical model, student-centered, with the necessary adaptations, such as knowing the university of origin, maintaining a stable and continuous relationship, guaranteeing the constant relationship between academic peers, specialized mentoring, among others."


Thursday 23 May 2019 [14.00-15.30 CEST]

  • Higher education in emergencies - Learning pathways (Barbara Moser-Mercer, University of Geneve, inZone, Switzerland)
    Higher education in contexts of conflict and crises straddles the humanitarian-development nexus. This presentations focuses on the design, development and implementation of higher education programs through digital learning. We argue that traditional notions of higher education in terms of utility and quality require rethinking when being operationalised in fragile contexts. Through concrete examples of virtual mobility and credit transfers we discuss how challenges can be overcome and forcibly displaced learners can benefit when a life-long learning approach is being embraced.

  • Panel discussion


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