Airina Volungeviciene, Vytautus Magnus University
Virtual mobility allows international, collaborative teaching and learning experiences. Not to replace but to enrich and enhance physical student mobility. Aim to identify success factors for implementation. Designed an international course with input from 6 countries. Focused short course with shared curriculum design, international online student groups, needing to complete weekly collaborative tasks supported by weekly synchronous meetings facilitated by moderators. Learners were issued with certificates of completion which identified learning outcomes. Student feedback suggested they wanted more input from moderators with clear roles, more task and topics, greater time to complete the tasks/course (although this balanced against concerns about greater chance of dropout), international groups need a minimum number to ensure success of synchronous meetings due to student dropout.
Second project to integrate into a formal qualification. Students encouraged to engage socially before module start via Facebook etc, completing learning agreements