#EDEN14 Success factors for virtual mobility exchange on open educational resources

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 

About sharonslade

Dr Sharon Slade is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University in the UK working to support both tutors and students on Open University distance learning modules and programmes. Her research interests encompass ethical issues in learning analytics and online learning and tuition. Project work includes the development of a student support framework to improve retention and progression and the development of a university wide tool for tracking students and triggering relevant and targeted interventions. She led the development of new policy around the ethical use of learning analytics within the Open University, UK.
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