UBICAMP- INTEGRATED SOLUTION TO VIRTUAL MOBILITY BARRIERS
Project ID: 526843-LLP-1-2012-1-ES-ERASMUS-ESMO
The funding source: Erasmus Multilateral Projects
Contractor: University of Oviedo, Spain.
The main aim of the UBIcamp project is to make virtual mobility a mainstream opportunity for all parties involved (teachers, students and institutions). UBIcamp proposes a comprehensive solution that addresses all the barriers and difficulties of virtual mobility nowadays.
The specific objectives of UBIcamp project are:
- Develop a "Virtual Mobility Practical Framework" that defines quality criteria and standards for different elements which are necessary for implementation of virtual mobility in HEIs: a) Organizational elements (recognition of the teaching/learning experience, institutional agreements, virtual mobility session organization requirements, etc); b) Technological elements (minimum technological standards of learning resources in order to make them re-usable, accessible, etc.); c) Pedagogic/ didactical elements (requirements for didactical preparation of study curriculum for virtual mobility and assessment methodologies for virtual mobility); d) Cultural elements (learning resources to enhance intercultural exchanges during virtual mobility processes).
- Creation of open educational resources based on the standards defined and linked to several subjects identified by partners. The aim is to achieve maximum reuse of the contents at European level. For this purpose the Learning Objects must be designed according to the following conditions: 1) Multilanguage; 2) Accessibility; 3) Usability; and 4) Multiculturalism.
- Integration of the cultural element into the virtual learning processes. In previous experiences of virtual mobility (TeaCamp) one of the main barriers for virtual mobility was the intercultural exchange. In this sense it's important that the student receives a cultural baggage that must be addressed from the university. For this purpose, digital content will be created to conduct the student autonomously through the most important cultural aspects of the place visited virtually, touristic information, traditions, press, entertainment, etc. These aspects must be addressed from the contents to make the student experiment the experiences that will provide him/her with cultural baggage.
- Creation of virtual environments for sharing experiences. In this case, it is important that the digital elements facilitate the students shared experiences with their virtual mates, both those shared by the virtual experience itself and those in the real environment. In this sense, the knowledge of the university facilities where some training events are taking place, joined to the possibility to interact virtually with them, for example, being part of a meeting will provide the student with a more intense virtual experience.
- Developing training materials and implementing training sessions in at least 35 Universities in Europe, involving students, teachers, Erasmus officers and administrators. All participants (Erasmus officers, administrators, and teachers) would prepare all pre-requisites for further mainstreaming of virtual mobility during the training sessions. Teachers would prepare curriculum for virtual mobility sessions, technical centers would facilitate to apply Learning Objects for updated international curriculum, administrators would plan virtual mobility sessions on the basis of institutional agreements that would be signed among participating universities. The option for virtual mobility will be included in the contractual forms to ensure virtual mobility recognition.
- Raise awareness of virtual mobility among HEIs. Some workshops and presentation seminars will be organized in order to disseminate the advantages that virtual mobility presents. Also, these events will be used to encourage institutions to participate in virtual mobility activities.
- Testing the "virtual mobility practical framework" through the implementation of Virtual Erasmus Exchanges among those Universities that have been trained and wish to participate. The courses of the exchanges will be recognized by students' participating universities.
- Dissemination of project results widely at national and European level and anticipating exploitation activities for multiplying project impact.