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Open Universities for Virtual Mobility (OUVM)


UNIPV structure involved: Innovation in Didactics and Digital Communication Unit

UNIPV Team: Ms. Elena Caldirola

Project Duration: 24 months

Start Date: 01-09-2014                                                       End Date: 31-08-2016



Budget: € 277.455,00

Budget UNIPV:
€ 58.205,00

The project addresses the key innovations highlighted in the Communication adapted by the European Commission in September, 2013, which are also inevitable conditions for modernization of higher education: open educational resources (OER), technology enhanced learning (TEL) curriculum designing, and virtual and blended mobility forms.
The aim of this project is to open university studies for virtual mobility by training teachers and academic staff on how to design master study program curriculum using OER and applying correct licensing, how to establish collaborative trusted relationships in curriculum designing for multicultural exchange and how to integrate these opening education innovations in every day practices.
In order to reach this aim, the following objectives will be met in the project:
1. Training material for teachers and university staff will be developed on VM curriculum designing using, OER and Creative Commons (CC) licenses.
2. Staff from consortium universities will be trained during short - term mobility visits on virtual mobility curriculum designing, on creation and adaptation of OER and CC licenses.
3. Consortium universities will develop virtual mobility curriculum (modules) for a Master degree program (field - Education sciences) in a collaborative way by teachers from consortium universities. Each partner will lead the development of at least 2 modules. In total we plan to have a master level study program in Education science composed of 10 modules. The modules will be developed using the best experience from the partners’ universities in the field of education, ICT, management and etc. which means that the program will be interdisciplinary, covering modules from the field of education, IT, management, etc. It will be used as a unique on-line program or splitted and used by modules. It could be implemented later by each partner individually or in cooperation with one or two partners. During the project period, the partners will decide and agree on the intellectual property rights, further implementation of this program and other related issues.
4. Curriculum developed for master program will be implemented in virtual mobility mode with Master students from consortium institutions.
The most important result of the project is the development of a strategic partnership of universities working in virtual mobility mode in Master program settings. Consortium will agree upon virtual mobility curriculum recognition scheme and sharing among universities, as well as on virtual mobility exchange organization among their students and staff.
34 teachers and university staff members will be trained during short term mobility visits in the project. However, the training material developed will remain open and will be used for numerous training sessions organized at consortium institutions and professional networks.
Finally, Master program curriculum with virtual mobility option (using OER and CC licenses) will be developed for university studies. Collaboration on the program development and recognition will establish the critical and necessary conditions for university collaboration in inter-disciplinary and dual degree programs in the future.