Virtual Mobility in the context of Open Education: re-establishing the boundaries

Kamakshi Rajagopal, Olga Firssova

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    Virtual Mobility (VM) stands for a set of ICT supported activities that realize or facilitate international, collaborative experiences in a context of teaching and/or learning. Virtual Mobility aligns with the key concept of physical mobility, one of the cornerstones in the European Commission’s educational strategy through the flagship of Erasmus Exchange programme for students in HE. Students and teachers participating in mobility actions gain various competences and skills, ranging from professional skills to organisation skills and language and intercultural skills. Virtual Mobility has been seen as an effective method of extending the benefits of mobility to include more people, who might otherwise not have access to these life-changing experiences. In recent years, the options for such extension of learning opportunities for more inclusion have increased, most notably through the advent of Massive Open Online Courses and the use of Open Educational Resources, Open Credentials and Open Educational Policies. Within the context of the openVM Erasmus+ project, a Group Concept Mapping (GCM) study will look at the relationship between Virtual Mobility and other forms of Open Educational policies to propose relevant support and accreditation measures. This proposal for an Action Lab forms the fourth phase of the GCM methodology: an interpretation workshop where participants will be asked to reflect on the outcomes of online brainstorm over the topic by different stakeholders.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2018
    EventOpen Education Global Conference 2018: Transforming education through open approaches - TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
    Duration: 24 Apr 201826 Apr 2018 (TU Delft repository containing Proceedings of the conference)


    ConferenceOpen Education Global Conference 2018
    Abbreviated titleOE Global 2018
    OtherThe Open Education Global Conference is where the world meets to discuss how opening education helps us achieve universal access, equity, innovation and opportunity in education. The OE Global conference is the most internationally diverse conference devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances educational practices around the world. OE Global 2018 will take place from 24-26 April 2018 in Delft, the Netherlands, hosted by the Open Education Consortium and Delft University of Technology. The theme of OE Global 2018 is Transforming Education through Open Approaches. Conference tracks include Open Connections, Open Education Research, Innovation through opening traditional practices, Policies & strategies for Open Education, Institutionalizing Open Education, Tools & Technologies for Open Education, Open Educational Practices, Open Pedagogy, Connecting Open Education to formal education, and Student perspectives.
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    • virtual mobility
    • open education
    • group concept mapping
    • learning skills
    • intercultural skills
    • digital skills
    • internationalisation of education
    • curriculum


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