On 27 October Neth-er and Nuffic provided a discussion on gaining international competences through virtual and blended student mobility. During this webinar, they explored the role digitalisation can play to support internationalisation in education and exchange views on how this can take shape in a virtual classroom or internship.
They aimed to answer the central question: how do you acquire international competences in a digital international classroom or during a virtual internship? Moreover, what is necessary to make virtual or blended mobility succeed? How do we engage students in virtual mobility? And how can virtual and blended mobility be deployed to best support physical mobility?
EADTU in cooperation with the OpenVM partnership organised a 2 days online event on virtual mobility. The core goal of any mobility is providing an international academic experience for students. Various mobility schemes can be distinguished like physical mobility, online/virtual mobility and blended mobility. A rather new approach in addition to these is Open Virtual Mobility. In addition, a Special Interest Group was launched to lead the work for the coming next five years.
On January 22, 2020, George Ubachs, Managing director of EADTU gave a presentation on Innovating International Higher Education by Virtual Mobility during the Flemish Education Day. This day was entirely devoted to educational innovation, new educational models and flexibility through blended and online education. In short, George Ubachs explained among others what Virtual Mobility is, which types and formats of mobility exist and he gave some examples of Virtual Mobility initiatives.
The Virtual Mobility webinar week was a grand success. It started off with a key-note presentation on Innovative models for International Collaboration and Mobility in Europe, looking into the new developments in higher education and international collaboration, using new modes of teaching and learning. This was followed by various Virtual Mobility initiatives. The Open Virtual Mobility skills were explained and the webinar week was rounded up with a panel discussion.