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
Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Ilona Buchem (PhD) is Professor for Media and Communication at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw (Poland), Concordia University (WI, USA) and University Duisburg-Essen (Germany).
She studied Educational Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin and obtained her PhD degree in Business Education in 2009. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of digital media and society, with special focus on emerging technologies such as social, mobile, wearable and smart technologies. Her research interests include Digital Collaboration, Digital Diversity, Digital Learning and Digital Leadership.
Ilona Buchem has led a number of R&D projects dedicated to emerging digital media for learning and digital strategies in organisations. She is the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Wearable Technology Enhanced Learning at the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL), the founder of the Europortfolio German Chapter and a member of several organisations related to distance education and technology-enhanced learning, including the Association of Media in Science (GMW) and the European Distance Education Network (EDEN).
She has initiated and has been actively involved in a number of national and international projects both as a project coordinator and a researcher, including Open Virtial Mobility (Erasmus+), Open Badge Network (Erasmus+), BewARe (BMBF), Digital Future (Stifterverband), fMOOC (BMBF), BeuthBonus (BMBF, BMAS, BA, ESF), Credit Points (BMBF, BMAS, BA), Wikipedia Diversity (Wikimedia), Mediencommunity 2.0, iCollaborate and Future Social Learning Networks (FSLN).
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.
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.
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