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  1. 1. Educational framework Virtual Mobility Peer Learning Activity Virtual Mobility (VM) Maastricht, 12 December 2018 George Ubachs Piet Henderikx
  2. 2. THE CHANGING PEDAGOGICAL LANDSCAPE Henderikx, P., & Jansen, D. (2018). The Changing Pedagogical Landscape: in search of patterns in policies and practices of new modes of teaching and learning. Retrieved from 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht 7
  3. 3. Three areas of provision emerging Degree education Continuous education / CPD Open education InternationalNational PLA Maastricht 312 December 2018
  4. 4. The complex pedagogical landscape Blended degree education: •Bachelor, Master, PhD •Business model: regulated, not-for-profit; education as a public good, not as a commodity Blended and online continuous education •CPD, SLP’s and non- accredited education •Business model: non- regulated, not-for-profit, for profit Open Education •MOOCs, OERs, open media, open knowledge •Business model: non- regulated, not-for profit InternationalNational PLA Maastricht 412 December 2018
  5. 5. PLA Maastricht 512 December 2018
  6. 6. 6 Open University UK BA (honours) MA Modules Certificates of Higher Education Diplomas of Higher Education Openlearn Futurelearn 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  7. 7. PLA Maastricht 712 December 2018
  9. 9. Collaborative teaching and learning formats online International virtual classroom Joint doctoral space Blended / online seminars Think tanks Blended intensive programmes International asynchronous discussion groups Blended project groups International lecture series Blended / online apprenticeship Networked courses /programs Joint courses / programs 912 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  10. 10. European developments in mobility 10 European Universities: physical, blended and online mobility Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships, Knowledge Alliances, Capacity Building Erasmus Mundus Joint Degrees, embedded mobility of staff and students Networked programmes: mobility windows Physical Erasmus Mobility, incl. Intensive Programmes 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  11. 11. Physical, blended, online PLA Maastricht 12 December 2018 11 Components of a curriculum can be taught face to face, blended or online, including related mobility schemes, all according principles of educational design
  12. 12. Mobility: the student’s perspective Students follow a learning activity, a course or part of a curriculum in another university in the framework of a bilateral or a network/consortium agreement between universities. PLA Maastricht 12
  13. 13. Mobility: the staff’s perspective Teaching staff is organising a learning activity or teaching a course in the framework of a bilateral or a network/consortium agreement PLA Maastricht 13
  14. 14. The university’s perspective Two or more universities organise and recognise study periods followed by their students in an exchange program or in a networked/joint program PLA Maastricht 14
  15. 15. Types of mobility • Joint seminars/ projects/think tanks/intensive programmes Embedded mobility Credits • Exchange courses and curricula Individual exchange mobility Credits • Networked curricula Networked mobility Credits, double degrees • Joint courses and curricula Embedded mobility Joint degrees 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht 15
  16. 16. Benefits of physical mobility as experienced by students • Personal development • Languages, intercultural experience • Friends • International academic experience IMMERSION 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  17. 17. Virtual mobility: opportunities for students • Flexibility, accessibility: all students in a class have access to virtual mobility, also students who prefer not to go abroad or cannot go abroad, including those with special needs or from a disadvantaged socio-economic background. • Individual portfolio development: more opportunities for mobility and for integrating an international learning experience, a new field of study and new ways of learning, virtual internships • Competence building: intercultural competences, linguistic skills, collaborative learning, media and digital literacy skills, open mindedness, team work, critical thinking, networking11 • Improving employability 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  18. 18. Virtual Mobility Competencies Open VM project (in development) • Networked communication • Media communication • Intercultural skills • Collaborative skills • Autonomy-driven learning • Self-regulated learning • Open mindedness 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  19. 19. Virtual mobility: opportunities for staff • Enhancement of the quality of the course or a curriculum: content, collaborative education • Connecting educational networking with research networking • Continuous professional development, learning from international colleagues (sharing good practices, new methods...) • Recognition of teaching quality, career opportunities 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  20. 20. Virtual mobility: opportunities for institutions • To expand the university’s academic offer in an international context (to home and guest students), internationalisation of the curriculum, global teaching, transnational education • Innovative pedagogies creating an international experience for students • Enhancing the quality of courses and curricula • Networking with other universities in education and research, sharing teaching capacity • Enhancing the attractiveness and competitiveness of the university • New approaches concerning alumni activities, continuous education and lifelong learning • Reaching out to disadvantaged groups, e.g. migrants, refugees 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  21. 21. Barriers for virtual mobility • In exchange schemes: the number of online courses • Digital maturity: lack of experience and expertise • Language • Time zones and coursetables • Administrative issues 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  23. 23. Physical, blended, online 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht 23 Components of a curriculum can be taught face to face, blended or online, including related mobility schemes, all according principles of educational design
  24. 24. (International) education is a design science International course and curriculum design, making optimal use of digital technologies and taking into account different cultural, social and economic contexts. 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht 24
  25. 25. Design/development dimensions of international curricula and courses 25 Courses, teaching and learning activities distributed over different partner institutions Or a joint design of a course/curriculum, teaching and learning by staff of different institutions Flexibility, synchronous/synchronous International learning communities and presence Media selection and international delivery Assessment in internatonal settings 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
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  27. 27. COST STRUCTURE 2712 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  28. 28. Different cost structure physical and online mobility • For both forms of mobility, the organisational costs, the eventual “language and culture preparation” costs and the educational cost are high. • The cost of physical mobility is particularly high with regard to travel, housing, insurance and other costs. In most cases, it is covered by the Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility or the Erasmus Mundus Program. • The cost of virtual mobility is particularly high with regard to the organization of examinations and in cases where virtual exchange is combined with face to face events (travel and subsistence costs, short mobility cost). PLA Maastricht 12 December 2018 28
  29. 29. INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGIES 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht 29
  30. 30. Innovative International Pedagogies • The Virtual Exchange Scheme: • European Virtual Seminar for Sustainable Development: • The Lived Experience of Climate Change: • Think tanks: • Coriolanus Online: o-world/ PLA Maastricht 30
  31. 31. Innovative International Pedagogies • Global Health Education TropEd: mobility • Master in Social Security: • Joint Master's Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare: • 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht 31
  32. 32. Innovative International Pedagogies • European Distance Education in Law Network us/ 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht 32
  33. 33. EADTU PROJECTS 3312 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  34. 34. What does international networked education bring to HE? 3 4 • You can integrate resources, international research and innovation on the internet in your course, e.g. open educational resources, open access journals, virtual labs (enriched learning environments) • You can organize collaborative learning in learning communities • You can flexibilize your course in terms of place, time, pace of study for part-time students or students at work • You can teach in a multi-campus mode, synchronously or asynchronously and mobility • You can deliver international education (online masters, blended (joint) doctorates) and mobility 12 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
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  36. 36. NetCu Handbook When involved in the design of a new networked curriculum the following aspects need consideration and agreement Design of the contents Shared technological platform Co-production of contents Language of the learning contents Management aspects (division of roles) Language of the learning environment Administrative aspects Accreditation procedure Financial aspects Mobility of students and professors Complementarity of content Use of interactive tools for students and profs. Community QA process Technological infrastructure Involvement of stakeholders Pag. 36
  37. 37. EPICS European Portal for International Courses and Services (EPICS) EADTU’s Virtual Erasmus Exchange programme Essential elements : • an institutional agreement • a course catalogue, customized and restricted to the partners in this institutional agreement, with pre-assessed and recognized online courses or learning activities • a student application form • a learning agreement • transcript of records. 3712 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  38. 38. VE: building a new mobility scheme in line with the current Erasmus Programma In the current Erasmus Programme there are four key documents that are essential to any exchange: 1. The Course Catalogue 2. Student Application Form 3. Learning Agreement 4. Transcript of Records 5. Institutional agreement (VE additional document) 3812 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  39. 39. Institutional agreement The Institutional Agreement lists the courses the institutions have agreed to accept from another institution as part of their Virtual Exchange mobility scheme. Specific terms and conditions referred to in the Virtual Exchange institutional agreement are listed in 11 paragraphs: §1 The modules are at least 5 ECTS credits. §2 Full recognition of the module guaranteed §3 International collaboration will be integral part §4 Both institutions as well as the student will sign a Learning Agreement. §5 The examination of the module will take place in the country In which the home institution of the Virtual Exchange student is based. 3912 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
  40. 40. VE: Terms and conditions (continued) §6 Virtual Exchange students who wish to participate in face-to face activities will have access. §7 The examination will be done in the original language of the module or an alternative language §8 Quality Assurance §9 Maximum number of students per module §10 Fee waiver to Virtual Erasmus students. §11 Staff mobility as part of Virtual Erasmus will include A physical stay at the partner institution. 4012 December 2018 PLA Maastricht
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  42. 42. Towards mainstream virtual mobility • 10 years on virtual mobility (2 projects) • EADTU Mobility Matrix • EADTU TF VM; mapping VM in Europe • EADTU Peer Learning Activity; stakeholders • EADTU-EU Summit 30th April 2019 4212 December 2018 PLA Maastricht