DISTANCE UNIVERSITY The VIU was essentially conceived as a university of western culture and methodology, based on European educational philosophy, maintained from Plato to our times by way of Bologna. But the VIU will not be face to face; it does not call for the physical gathering of learners around the lecturer, since this principle of the classic academy, demanded by the limitations of direct verbal communication, is no longer needed in the VIU, where classroom sessions are replaced by remote connection through digital communication networks .
LEARNING ASSESSMENT The VIU, like any other traditional university, will have lecturers and highly skilled professionals, structuring their lessons to be understood and learned by the students. However, it will add a new feature to the general university system; the VIU will examine and assess the progress of its students continuously, lesson by lesson, keeping up a stimulating dialogue to help them optimise their efforts and succeed in their projects. Moreover, the VIU is a university that will give its students personalised guidance in their course itineraries by the approaches most suited to their wishes, expectations, talent, and qualities.
THE VIU EVALUATES AND GUIDES THE STUDENTS LESSON BY LESSON ACCESS TO A LESSON <ul><li>2) Studying the lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Archive lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons transmitted live </li></ul><ul><li>3) Ex-post evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehension level grade </li></ul><ul><li>Valid for study calculation </li></ul><ul><li>4) Progress report </li></ul><ul><li>Optional tutorials with calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent o rientation to follow courses </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent account of credits </li></ul><ul><li>1) Ex-ante evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficient preparation? </li></ul><ul><li>Versions of every class available </li></ul><ul><li>Which curriculum they count towards </li></ul><ul><li>How many points for credits </li></ul>
COMPOSITION OF A VIU CREDIT The system of progressing until achieving a degree consists of following a process of collection of educational units or lessons. When starting out, the student receives a map explaining which educational units they need to obtain different degrees, and in which order, if necessary, they are to be studied. Each section of the collection makes up a credit. A B C DEGREE
THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR THE STUDENT Every lecturer from each university in the VIU consortium will therefore be able to create their own lessons constituting a valid credit for certain courses. Lessons will be given to VIU students duly structured, as explained previously, so that the students understand the credit value of each of them. The students can then choose which lessons to study and with whom, according to their own personality. Lessons learned from the same lecturer, or university, will constitute a "simple" credit, and lessons studied under different lecturers from different universities will constitute a "combined" credit, both with identical value in terms of the course. In the VIU, the student will be able to receive any lesson from any lecturer in the consortium, or even the same lesson from several lecturers from participating universities, but any of them will count equally towards their credits, and finally their degree.
THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR THE STUDENT WITH PERSONALITY In line with the declarations of Bologna and Anglo-Saxon university tradition, students must be free to earn higher education credits through lessons from different sources … The VIU fully complies with this requirement
THE VIU ASSESSES AND GUIDES STUDENTS LESSON BY LESSON One of the exemplary features of the VIU is the way the studies are organised for the learners. Whenever a student accesses a lesson or decides to sign up for a subject, or even a course, they are given the chance to respond to a prior evaluation test, where they are assessed on the following basis: 1) If they show sufficient preparation to make good use of the knowledge they wish to access. 2) How many versions of the subject they want to study are available in the VIU consortium. 3) Which curriculum will give credits for the content they wish to access. 4) What the grades for each of these courses will be worth to them.
THE VIU ASSESSES AND GUIDES STUDENTS LESSON BY LESSON After this ex-ante evaluation, they will have access to the content, arranged as lessons, which may be on file or live, according to a calendar described in the catalogue of versions available. After each lesson is received, the student, via the network, responds to an ex-post evaluation, from which they obtain a grade of their level of understanding valid for the calculation of studies with the consideration of credits for each degree to which they may aspire. After each ex-post evaluation, the student receives a report detailing their progress towards each of the qualifications, as well as optional tutorials by dialogue via Internet in the language and schedules agreed.
CERTIFICATIONS AND DEGREES The VIU is a university where officially recognised certificates and degrees can be obtained, from the VIU, while fostering the achievement of official qualifications from associated universities, in the purest spirit of the European higher education convergence process started up as a result of the Declaration of Bologna in 1999.
PERSONA AND PERSONALITY OF THE VIU: CONSORTIAL UNIVERSITY The VIU will set out with: Just over ten degree and postgraduate courses, with the VIU’s own programmes
Not face-to-face Will have lecturers Continuous assessment Both degree and postgraduate study courses can be taken GENERAL DESCRIPTION
PERSONA AND PERSONALITY OF THE VIU: CONSORTIAL UNIVERSITY The VIU is designed as a University consisting of universities united in a consortium, including studies from all over the world under its auspices, through cooperation agreements with the different Universities to grant official and own credits and qualifications from each university and country integrated in the partnership.
Universality through Consortium University of Universities PERSONA AND PERSONALITY OF THE VIU: CONSORTIAL UNIVERSITY
PERSONA AND PERSONALITY OF THE VIU: CONSORTIAL UNIVERSITY The VIU will set out with: Just over ten degree and postgraduate courses, with the VIU’s own programmes The VIU will go beyond centripetal universality: To become a University of Universities , constituting an international consortium of universities
THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR UNIVERSITIES The progressive adhesion of close and distant universities, even culturally, constitutes the wealth of the consortiums of universities such as the VIU
THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR UNIVERSITIES The consortial formula of the VIU allows the progressive and voluntary incorporation of whichever universities feel inclined and prepared to join the association, at the time they deem advisable in their own interests. For example: the Western Governors University consortium, in the USA, brought together 50 universities in 30 states over a 6 year period.
PERSONA AND PERSONALITY OF THE VIU: CONSORTIAL UNIVERSITY The VIU as international consortium of universities extends its activities to the whole world
<ul><li>Valencian students at a distance from the university centres </li></ul>2. Students depending on employment 3. Students temporarily displaced 4. Students carrying out humanitarian works and carers THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR THE STUDENT Solution for different student types
MAIN CONSORTIUM CONSTITUENTS Sharing educational programmes Mutual recognition of equal value for the lessons A common system of examinations and assessment Recognising combined credits for the students PERSONA AND PERSONALITY OF THE VIU: CONSORTIAL UNIVERSITY
PERSONA AND PERSONALITY OF THE VIU: CONSORTIAL UNIVERSITY A student from the Valencian Community will be able to study, without moving from the Community, at any university in the Valencian Region, or in Spain, or Europe, or North America, or any other country with a university included in the VIU consortium. Likewise, any student from anywhere in the world will be able to study, from any place in the world, at any of the seven universities of the Valencian Community united in partnership with the VIU. This consortial nature is one of the VIU’s defining features, like in universities already experienced, such as Phoenix and Western Governors in the USA, or Helsinki in Europe.
THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR THE STUDENT PRINCIPLE OF PEER RECOGNITION OF LESSONS LESSONS INTERNATIONALLY EQUIVALENT CREDITS DEGREE = COLLECTION OF CREDITS SUBJECTS STUDIED
THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR THE STUDENT VIU SYSTEM Own conclusions Choice of knowledge sources Wide range of opportunities for the student Opportunity to order one’s own curriculum
THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR INDUSTRIAL AND BUSINESS SOCIETY <ul><li>Specific Professional Training </li></ul><ul><li>Specific and individualised training programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplicity of combinations </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Specific knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Broad field of technological know-how </li></ul><ul><li>Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating, accrediting and extending training programmes to SMEs </li></ul><ul><li>Own educational programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Offer to employees and candidates </li></ul>
RESEARCH The VIU will be a space for research and creation of new knowledge. Use of the international connections network and access agreements to information resources worldwide enables the VIU to make a broad spectrum of intellectual cooperation available to its researchers, as well as an enormous bank of data and theories without limits, ordered and accessible to students and researchers from all over the world.
THE VIU IS A UNIVERSITY FOR THE STUDENT Peer acknowledgement of the teachings is fundamental in the VIU. This mutual recognition specifically takes shape in the universal system of calculation of the studies undertaken, in other words: In line with European convergence proposals, the subjects studied are segmented in lessons, which in turn are ordered in thematic packages or credits with international equivalence, in such a way that the degrees are obtained when the student has earned all the credits required for a curriculum, in amount and quality, but regardless of their origin. In this sense, the personality of the VIU stems from the fact that the students can choose the lessons and the credits they wish from among all the equivalents offered by all the universities in the consortium. A credit from the VIU, and therefore from the consortium, may be earned with lessons learned under any professor in the consortium.