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Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
Researching student mobility in a digital world
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Presentation of the results of research into digital barriers for student mobility (final report of the Victorious project - http://www.victorious-project.org/ )

Presentation of the results of research into digital barriers for student mobility (final report of the Victorious project - http://www.victorious-project.org/ )

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  • 2. Researching student mobility in a digital world Jeff Haywood & Denise Haywood, Edinburgh University, UK, Sue Timmis, Angela Joyce & Jasper Tredgold, Bristol Univ., UK, Aune Valk, Tartu University, Estonia, Cesare Zanca, Siena University, Italy, Anthony Baldry, Pavia University, Italy, Steven Verjans & Nicola Mrose, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE, Isabel Perez, Granada University, Spain, Louwarnoud van der Duim, Groningen University, Netherlands, Matti Lappaleinen, Turku University, Finland, Axelle Devaux, Coimbra Group, Brussels, Belgium
  • 3. European Developments in Higher Education Education & Training 2010 Bologna Process European Higher Education Area / Research Area ECTS Diploma Supplement Erasmus Programme etc
  • 4. http://www.iupui.edu/~icic/images/MOF%20outside%20group%20work.JPG
  • 5. <ul><li>Existing digital university processes </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and teaching with technology; </li></ul><ul><li>Digital libraries (e-journals, e-books, online databases & help); </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of digital databases holding staff, student and course records; </li></ul><ul><li>Portals as single channels of access to digital resources; </li></ul><ul><li>Email as the major/dominant channel of communications; </li></ul><ul><li>Single/reduced sign-on to authenticated systems (portal, email, library); </li></ul><ul><li>Secure off-campus access to restricted digital resources (VPN, proxy); </li></ul><ul><li>Websites as the major/dominant channel for information provision. </li></ul>
  • 6.  
  • 7. The digital student <ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop/PC/internet frequently & from a variety of locations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of digital information sources, possibly preferentially to physical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat, email, sms, social network software (friendster, myspace) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Likes/expects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast & seamless services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities to be online & reliably accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BUT! </li></ul>
  • 8. Sometimes it’s easier to get into a SL lecture than to get access to a computer at your host university
  • 9. <ul><li>Interview fragment (when we can get the technology to work for us) </li></ul>
  • 10. <ul><li>There is now also an increasing emphasis on virtual mobility in education (ie taking courses from another university (country) by distance learning methods, esp digital – e-learning ) </li></ul><ul><li>eLearning Programme </li></ul><ul><li>“ Development of existing instruments in particular those concerning virtual mobility as a complement and reinforcement for physical mobility (virtual Erasmus); recognition and validation schemes (based on ECTS); information and guidance services, and any other synergies between virtual and traditional models. ” </li></ul>
  • 11. physical mobility = a proxy for virtual mobility <ul><li>Little virtual mobility at present in European traditional universities and so special cases = special efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Digital identities, access, facilities, services all affect most on-campus (traditional) students </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer between universities raises challenges to universities to give visiting students fast & automatic digital rights/routes/support </li></ul><ul><li>If we do not (cannot) automate & simplify our services to traditional visiting students, virtual mobility will be difficult to implement </li></ul>
  • 12. We need a great deal of operational fine-tuning
  • 13. Research methodology – triangulation of sources <ul><li>Desk research and case studies - Find the right questions </li></ul><ul><li>Student perspective: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews  Identify right issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey: online, prizes to win  2400 responses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>University perspective: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey: online, multiple people in 1 uni  55 responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff interviews: explore reasons for some of the findings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pilots: testing some possible enhancements to the virtual experience, and their organisational consequences </li></ul><ul><li>Seminars: getting feedback on intermediate results </li></ul>
  • 14. Topics & themes <ul><li>Before, during & after exchange period </li></ul><ul><li>Student perspective: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to digital services & support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT (access to computers), library, e-learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to home services while abroad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued access to host service when back home </li></ul></ul><ul><li>University perspective: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries, ICT provisions, Student records/Registry, International Offices and e-learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific services for outgoing & incoming students? </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. Topics of pilots <ul><li>Quality of information about the host university </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing and attenuating digital culture shock </li></ul><ul><li>Exchanging and transferring e-learning materials between universities </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility of a European course information database </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility of using Shibboleth for digital identity sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Providing advice and support to outgoing students </li></ul>
  • 16. Outcomes of research <ul><li>Research results published </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations formulated </li></ul><ul><li>Practical checklists for all relevant stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Published by www.scrolla.ac.uk (Summaries available) </li></ul><ul><li>Available as (online) publication at </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.victorious-project.org/ </li></ul>
  • 17. The free moving student?
  • 18. Results from student perspective <ul><li>Digital culture shock: moving between </li></ul><ul><ul><li>highly integrated online services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>less integrated online services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ None at all: completely out of touch with modern technology! Everything was paper forms.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The information online to which I have had access were all relative to the previous academic year, the most part of it were mistakes” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I did use them but only the last month when I finally got my account  ” </li></ul>
  • 19. Results from student perspective <ul><li>Information provision is weak </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard to find – Mainly in local language only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient focus on needs of visiting students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No or limited peer network for visitors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resourcefulness is needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet cafés for access to PC and Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use services of home university (library access, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing of passwords </li></ul></ul>
  • 20. Results from university perspective <ul><li>Business processes directed at on-campus students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical presence needed for many services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Particularly libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International offices not very concerned with digital services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More services for incoming than for outgoing student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Out of sight, out of mind?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to distant learning materials not obvious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness is rising </li></ul></ul>
  • 21. Recommendations <ul><li>For universities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing good, structured, up-to-date info is ‘easy’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier enrollment and registration needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific training and support for digital provisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration across bureaucratic borders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For students and their associations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More wide-thinking in planning visits / virtual participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seriously consider everything that might go wrong (It will !) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect and share experiences and solutions </li></ul></ul>
  • 22. Recommendations <ul><li>For European, national & regional agencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide single search for course/programme information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single digital identity system(s) for students / staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. high-level (national) federations for Shibboleth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier Internet access (e.. EduROAM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help remove digital barriers </li></ul></ul>
  • 23. Follow-up project http://vm-base.europace.org/
  • 24. <ul><li>EXPECTED OUTPUTS: </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation guidelines for students </li></ul><ul><li>Codes of good practice in designing pre-selection tests for students </li></ul><ul><li>Blue print for preliminary courses for students preparing for a physical Erasmus exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines on assessment and evaluation tools </li></ul><ul><li>A study on a Virtual Alumni Association for Erasmus students </li></ul><ul><li>A manual on ‘good-practices in e-coaching’ </li></ul><ul><li>A manual with validated procedures and recommendations for blended mobility activities at institutional, network and European level </li></ul>
  • 25. Let’s try to make the (virtual) exchange visit more agreeable and decrease the (digital) culture shock
  • 26. Positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Herm Albright
  • 27. <ul><li>www.slideshare.net/sverjans </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.victorious-project.org/ </li></ul>

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