In the last three years I have been coordinating the Open Virtual Mobility project (abbreviated: OpenVM) which is a three year (2017-2020) strategic partnership for innovation and the exchange of good practices funded by the European Erasmus+ program of the European Commission.
One of the key outcomes of the Open Virtual Mobility project is the OpenVM Learning Hub, an online learning environment for the development, assessment and recognition of virtual mobility skills in higher education.
The OpenVM Learning Hub hosts a set of eight mini-MOOCs, in each of the eight competency areas. Each mini-MOOC is dedicated to a specific competency cluster needed for successful engagement in virtual mobility. In each mini-MOOC the learner can study at one of three levels: Foundations, Intermediate and Advanced.
Learners in OpenVM MOOCs receive shareable digital proof of the skills developed in mini-MOOCs in the form of digital credentials. OpenVM Credentials are based on the Open Badges standard (version 2.0). All available badges are listed on our partner Bestr website: https://bestr.it/organization/show/99
The OpenVM Learning Hub also includes a repository of Open Educational Resources (OERs), which is also available at the project website. Additionally, the OpenVM Learning Hub offers a marketplace in which students and teachers can share information about their own offers with others and look for available virtual mobilities, as well as open virtual mobility activities and programs.
Our partnership invites higher education teachers and students to use OpenVM MOOCs and OERs in the OpenVM Learning Hub to support existing or new curricula and/or to recommend OpenVM MOOCs and OERs to students for self-learning.
OpenVM MOOCs have been developed to support virtual mobility, especially in context of open education, but can be also used in other educational contexts, since the skills they support are applicable in many different areas.
Learners (teachers and students in higher education) can develop competencies in the following eight areas / MOOCs:
- Media and digital literacy
- Active self-regulated learning skills
- Autonomy-driven learning
- Networked learning
- Intercultural skills and attitude
- Interactive and collaborative learning in an authentic international environment
- Open virtual mobility knowledge
You can find out more about our project and our offer in the OpenVM Learning Hub in our brochure: