Virtual Mobility (Virtual Erasmus)

Virtual Moblity in the higher education system

EPICS: New Oppertunities for International Student Mobility. ( http://www.epics-ve.eu )

Virtual Erasmus is a concept of virtual mobility which supports universities zu enhance the quality of their curricula. At the same time it supports the presentation of their international profile. Students can access in this network to individualise their courses by a broader variety of courses:

„The overall concept of Virtual Erasmus is similar to that of physical Erasmus: a student enrolled in a university degree programme leaves the home university for one or two terms to study a portion of the degree at a foreign university. This university must be part of the same Erasmus network.“

The universities can select courses of other institutes which may apply the most to their needs and curricula, so they can guarante, that the ECTS points will be recognized towards the degree at the home university.

EPICS represents the centralised Virtual Erasmus web portal
It contains a database wich shows all distance and e-learning courses available.

Participating organisations

  • EADTU (NL)
  • Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (ES)
  • EuroPACE (BE)
  • Linköping University (SE)
  • Open Universiteit Nederland (NL)
  • Open University (UK)
  • Estonian Information Technology Foundation (EE)
  • International Telematic University UNINETTUNO (IT)
  • Universidade Aberta (PT)
  • Anadolu University (TK)
  • Fernstudien Schweiz (CH)

 

Virtual Mobility Definition

„It includes collaborative learning in online student

communities, virtual seminars, virtual projects, joint thesis work, constructive group learning around wiki-like activities with different stakeholders involved, etc. An international experience by virtual mobility therefore is not restricted to one university or country and group of fellow students. Further the skills gained in virtual mobility reflect the skills needed in today’s labour market, such as intercultural skills, the ability to communicate and cooperate in an online environment and proficiency in modern ICT and web 2.0 technologies.“ ( Manual Epic EADTU 2017: 4 )

Virtual Moblity might be a best practice model for internationalising the curricula of universities in the concept of blended learning, because social interaction and collaboration is also on a virtual campus a key factor. (Parra 2017)

 

Virtual Mobility as preparation to a new work paradigm

The concept and usage of virtual mobility is also seen as a possibility to improve and gain intercultural skills and a new form of media literacy, which will be more significant in the future (Stansfield / Collonoy 2009: 198)

Stansfield / Collony (2009): Institutional Transformation through Best Practices in Virtual Campus Development: Advancing E-Learning Policies. S.198-214

 

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