Session 2-2: Virtual Mobility

Virtual Mobility for Future Higher Education

Facilitator: Olga Firssova
(in Dutch or in English depending on workshop participants)

Higher Education Institutions face high requirements and challenges in today’s global world, including internationalisation as a response to globalisation. Virtual Mobility (VM) has a great potential to contribute to the internationalisation, innovation and inclusion in HE (higher education). While it is feasible to encourage outward and inward student and faculty mobility in HE, the main limitations are the high costs, socio-economic, political and health-related issues. These barriers can be dramatically reduced by adding the virtual component to mobility, thus making mobility accessible to all. Yet, despite numerous Virtual Mobility initiatives and projects in the past years, the uptake of Virtual Mobility in HE is still low and the possibilities of VM including Virtual Internships/Placements unknown to many educators and students.

In this hands-on workshop, we will introduce the participants to the openVM research project and its framework. We will discuss its application and benefits for virtual mobility in higher education.

References for further reading:

Buchem, I., Konert, J., Carlino, C., Casanova, G., Rajagopal, K., Firssova, O., & Andone, D. (2018). Designing a Collaborative Learning Hub for Virtual Mobility Skills – Insights from the European Project Open Virtual Mobility. In: P. Zaphiris & A. Ioannou (Eds.), Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Design, Development and Technological Innovation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 10924, pp. 350-376. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-91743-6_27