Nowadays socio-economic, political, cultural processes have become more complex, globalized and virtualized. The industry 4.0 determines the current development worldwide. Global virtual collaboration has advanced to a new challenge for the society. For years, the European Commission has been investing a lot for student mobility, mainly through the Erasmus+ Programme.
In order to reach as many people as possible, the European Ministers of Education emphasized now on the need to involve a larger number of students and to develop virtual mobility.
MOVIDIS project aims to give the opportunity to bachelor students in Economics, to receive an international experience from home institution through the concept of Virtual Mobility (VM) - internationalization at home. It can contribute to strengthening international, digital, and virtual collaborative skills of transnational students, to preparing students to the attainment of global careerreadiness competencies, and finally, to implementing new vision of internationalization of participating HEIs. To reach this objective, the MOVIDIS project is offering the following commitments:
1) Creating institutional frameworks for implementing student virtual mobility
2) Designing technical and pedagogical infrastructure for MOVIDIS
3) Organization, testing and evaluation of pilot MOVIDIS sessions
What is VM within the Movidis project? How does it work?
Through the use of ICT, students and teachers can experience international exchanges of expertise while staying at home. As mobility and internationalization are becoming increasingly important in today’s society, this is a significant evolution for those not able to enjoy any physical exchange. The Being Mobile team defines Virtual Mobility in Higher Education Institutions as follows: Virtual Mobility is a form of learning which consists of virtual components through an ICT supported learning environment that includes cross-border collaboration with people from different backgrounds and cultures working and studying together, having, as its main purpose, the enhancement of intercultural understanding and the exchange of knowledge.
Nowadays, students can be hindered by diverse troubles and barriers such as physical disabilities, financial issues, lack of foreign language skills, misunderstanding of foreign culture, fear, to complete benefit from mobility programmes. MOVIDIS project aims to give the opportunity to any student, independently from social and physical barriers, to receive an international experience through the concept of Virtual Mobility (VM).
Virtual Mobility is made possible through ICT supported environments that include, for example, collaborative workspaces, computer mediated conferencing, live streaming and videoconferencing.
The MOVIDIS project is hence offering Virtual Study Programme at a HEI giving students from different countries the chance to take this study programme without having to go abroad for a whole academic year.
The MOVIDIS project is offering a Virtual Higher Education Study Programme, giving students from different countries the chance to take a semester abroad virtually.
You will enjoy an immersive international experience. Instead of moving physically to only one university (as classic physical mobility), thanks to the Erasmus+ MOVIDIS project and its consortium, you will have the chance and the opportunity to select and study in at least 2 or 3 different universities!
And of course, without moving from your home: Therefore, no need to worry about travel insurance, travel expenses, accommodation, or other administrative paperwork…
Your only duty: apply to the call for application within your university!
If the student is at the centre of the Virtual Mobility, the tutor is nonetheless the keystone in the project and in the virtual mobility exchange.
Indeed, what is an Erasmus+ exchange without someone being here to guide you, to introduce you to the system of the University, to help you when needed?
In classic physical mobility, there is often an Erasmus+ office or a tutor, a mentor that is here to assist you. Here in the virtual mobility, this role will be taken by the tutor!
If the tutoring is mainly helping for the courses, it can take different angles depending on the wish and on the need of each student, and on the requirement of the teachers.