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Author(s): Barbara Class
Ahidoba de Franchi Mandscheff
Alfredo Soeiro
Title: Virtual mobility: the new challenge for higher and continuing education institutions
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: European universities are faced with important issues, in particular an ageing population, a decrease in thenumber of learners per institution, globalization and competition. At the same time, physical mobility representsone of the most successful projects of the European Union. Since physical mobility is rather demanding infinancial and organizational terms, only 4% of learners from European higher education institutions can benefitfrom the programme today. The objective of the European Commission is to reach 20% in 2020 (EuropeanCommission, 2011a), but even with an increase of 16%, a minority of learners will be concerned. In parallel,employers promote stays abroad during studies. Erasmus programmes are offered only to BA/MA/PhD studentsand not to Continuing Education learners, but in a lifelong learning (LLL) perspective, mobility should also beavailable to adult and senior learners. As a matter of fact, European higher education and continuing educationinstitutions have to reinvent their offers, taking into account the paradigm of an ageing population and the needfor professional reconversions or specialisations. The case of the University of Genevas continuing educationcourses is discussed with a majority offered in a face-to-face format in terms of the age of the differentaudiences and their motivation for following a continuing education course. Starting from there we move to theEuropean context in terms of LLL and virtual mobility. In accordance with the literature, we define virtual mobilityin reference to physical mobility. In the rest of the paper we discuss concrete frameworks that could support thedevelopment of virtual mobility. Scenarios, taken from the VIRQUAL - Virtual Mobility and European QualificationFramework European project (VIRQUAL website, 2010), show how it could all work and fit together, acrosscountries, across generations and across contexts. Finally we discuss the different European projects dealingwith virtual mobility and the perspectives researched.
Subject: Humanidades, Outras ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Humanities, Other engineering and technologies
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Outras ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Engineering and technology::Other engineering and technologies
Source: EDEN 2012, Porto
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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