The funding source: Erasmus Multilateral Projects

Project ID: 526843-LLP-1-2012-1-ES-ERASMUS-ESMO

UbiCamp Project attempts to respond to the need to overcome the usual barriers for virtual mobility (VM) within HEIs in the EU.

UbiCamp is the acronym of “Ubiquitous Campus”, which is a model of Virtual Mobility that allows the integration of new institutions through a decentralised model. Each institution would only have to respect the established minimum quality requirements and the technological integration would become an easy process.

The main aim of the UBIcamp project is to make virtual mobility a mainstream opportunity for all parties involved (teachers, students and institutions). UBIcamp proposes a comprehensive solution that addresses all the barriers and difficulties of virtual mobility nowadays.

The specific objectives of UBIcamp project are:

  • Development of a “Virtual Mobility Practical Framework” that defines quality criteria and standards for different elements which are necessary for implementation of virtual mobility in HEIs:

a) Organizational elements (recognition of the teaching/learning experience, institutional agreements, virtual mobility session organization requirements, etc);

b) Technological elements (minimum technological standards of learning resources in order to make them re-usable, accessible, etc.);

c) Pedagogic/ didactical elements (requirements for didactical preparation of study curriculum for virtual mobility and assessment methodologies for virtual mobility);

d) Cultural elements (learning resources to enhance intercultural exchanges during virtual mobility processes).

  • Creation of open educational resources based on the standards defined and linked to several subjects identified by partners. The aim is to achieve maximum reuse of the contents at European level.
  • Integration of the cultural element into the virtual learning processes.
  • Creation of virtual environments for sharing experiences.
  • Developing training materials and implementing training sessions in at least 35 Universities in Europe, involving students, teachers, Erasmus officers and administrators. All participants (Erasmus officers, administrators, and teachers) would prepare all pre-requisites for further mainstreaming of virtual mobility during the training sessions.
  • Raise awareness of virtual mobility among HEIs. Some workshops and presentation seminars will be organized in order to disseminate the advantages that virtual mobility presents. Also, these events will be used to encourage institutions to participate in virtual mobility activities.
  • Testing the “virtual mobility practical framework” through the implementation of Virtual Erasmus Exchanges among those Universities that have been trained and wish to participate. The courses of the exchanges will be recognized by students’ participating universities.
  • Dissemination of project results widely at national and European level and anticipating exploitation activities for multiplying project impact.

Further information about the Ubicamp project, partners and courses are available at www.ubicamp.eu