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Virtual Mobility in Norway: Policy development and a case


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Virtual Mobility in Norway: Policy development and a case by Susanne Koch, Diku

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Virtual Mobility in Norway: Policy development and a case

  1. 1. Virtual Mobility Peer Learning Activity, Maastricht Dec 12 2018 Virtual mobility in Norway Policy development and a case
  2. 2. Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education • Aims to strengthen the quality of Norwegian education by promoting development and innovation, international cooperation and digital learning • Owned by the Ministry of Education and Research, and is also working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, and the Nordic Council of Ministers
  3. 3. «[G]eographic mobility is not the only measure that will give students international experiences. In the time to come, digital collaboration and communication will create valuable supplements to physical mobility. While current activities involve a small percentage, these measures will reach broader.» Harald Nybølet, Khrono, August 28
  4. 4. New Government White Paper • Improvement of the quality of higher education is one of our Government's most important projects (cf. Quality Culture in Higher Education) • Student mobility is part of the strategic work to improve quality • Central objectives for the White Paper are • how a cultural change for a higher mobility rate can be implemented, systemically • how a target of student mobility as the normal practice can be reached • how incoming student mobility can be used more strategically as part of the internationalisation of study programmes
  5. 5. Virtual mobility in the White Paper • It is vital to assist students who cannot go abroad to be part of an international student environment • A chapter on virtual mobility will explore how this can supplement and enrich physical mobility
  6. 6. The future of student mobility • How to include everyone? • New possibilities for the entire mobility process (administration, faculty and students): • preparation • communication and collaboration • follow-up • Internationalisation + digitisation = • more mobility • more diversity • future proof skills • higher employability
  7. 7. Open Educational Resources in Computational Biomedicine Case:
  8. 8. Challenges • Modern day medical research creates a large amount of data relatively easily • Researchers need to learn computational analyses of the data per se and • Awareness and handling of ethical issues arising from the ability to determine the molecular make-up, and the implications for disease prediction
  9. 9. Aim of the project • Improve education in biomedicine by implementing novel courses using open educational resources (OERs) • Increase knowledge of pedagogical design and learning analytics in relation to OERs • The virtual mobility builds on these two deliverables
  10. 10. Pedagogical framework • Using OERs and web-based courses changes teaching, learning and assessment • Knowledge of and research in pedagogical design and learning analytics will lead to adjusted pedagogical tools for the best learning outcomes
  11. 11. Virtual mobility summer school • The summer school will directly support both virtual and physical mobility between the partner institutions • The project will create a blended learning environment for an array of learning activities as well as blended team work (face to face and virtual) • It will give students an opportunity to apply and combine the knowledge they have acquired online and at their home universities
  12. 12. Benefits of virtual mobility • Lectures, assignments and interactive exercises are adapted for open-access, online mode • This enables wide use and reuse of material at partner sites or in a synchronized way with one or more partners • Students can engage in both virtual mobility and blended team work • Personalized online education enables broader participation in mobility for students with specific demands, including physical disabilities
  13. 13. Thank you for your attention!