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Berlin, November 27 - 29, 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop M6

The Role of Open Credentials for Virtual Mobility of Students and Teachers - Enhancing Internationalisation in the University of the Future

Date Wednesday, Nov 27  Time   –    Room Schinkel III   Price: free of charge   Status: fully booked

OEB speaker Ilona Buchem

Ilona Buchem

Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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The aims of this workshop are:

  • To share current practice on open credentials in the context of virtual mobility in higher education informed by current research in Europe
  • To inspire design of learning activities with open credentials for virtual mobility and
  • To initiate a joint discussion about the role of open credentials for internationalisation in the university of the future

This workshop is dedicated to introducing and extending the concept and tools for digital recognition of virtual mobility skills with open credentials developed in the Erasmus+ Open Virtual Mobility (OpenVM) project (2017-2020, URL: https://www.openvirtualmobility.eu/).

Open credentials in the OpenVM project aim to recognise virtual mobility skills of students and educators in higher education. OpenVM credentials are an integral part of the 8 OpenVM MOOCs and are directly linked to the skill set and e-assessment of the user’s own skills at three levels: foundations, intermediate, advanced.

The Workshop will start with the introduction of eight of the types of open credentials developed in the project, which are based on the results from the project’s Group Concept Mapping research. OpenVM credentials have been implemented in the OpenVM Learning Hub, which is integrated with the badging platform Bestr.

Participants will learn about the process of research, design, implementation and testing of open credentials applied in the OpenVM Learning Hub.

After the introduction, attendees will engage in a set of activities that will allow the hands-on exploration of open credentials in the Learning Hub. The Learning Hub is a gamified learning environment developed in OpenVM project. It includes MOOCs, OERs, E-Assessment, and Open Credentials for the support of attainment, assessment, and recognition of skills needed for and resulting from a successful participation in virtual mobility.

Following the exploration part, you will engage in activities aimed at designing your own didactic/learning designs for the integration of open credentials into teaching/training practices.

The aim of the Workshop is to involve practitioners, researchers and experts in the discussion about the integration of open credentials in educational contexts and the role of open credentials for internationalisation in higher education.

Agenda

The Workshop methodology will be based on the Design Thinking approach and will include the following six steps:

  • Step 1 - Introduction of participants and own experiences with virtual mobility and/or open credentials.
  • Step 2 - Introduction of the OpenVM project, including research, design, implementation and testing of open credentials with virtual contributions from involved researchers and developers.
  • Step 3 - Hands-on exploration of the OpenVM Learning Hub with the integrated badging platform Bestr for issuing open credentials.
  • Step 4 - Introduction to the learning design activity, including Design Thinking methodology.
  • Step 5 - Design thinking activity aiming at the design of didactic/learning concepts/activities for the integration of open credentials into teaching/training.
  • Step 6 - Presentation of the results from the design thinking activity and discussion about the role of open credentials for internationalisation in the university of the future.

Outcomes

The key take-aways from the workshop will include:

  • Introduction and access to the OpenVM Learning Hub with integrated badging platform Bestr
  • Hands-on exploration of open credentials in the OpenVM Learning Hub
  • Design of didactic/learning concepts with integrated open credentials
  • Practical application of Design Thinking in a short format based on the methodology applied in d-school at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam
  • Insights from a joint discussion about the the role of open credentials in internationalisation in the university of the future

Who will benefit most?

  • Educators/teachers who plan virtual mobility / virtual exchanges
  • Academic staff supporting virtual mobility / virtual exchanges
  • Researchers doing research on internationalisation and digitalisation
  • Open credentials providers