Mobility in general, and Virtual Mobility in particular is becoming increasingly important for educational policy makers and universities and other higher education institutions. The REVE project thus addresses a hot topic in the higher education world and the fact that the project starts from concrete cases (real courses) that are already in place clearly shows that Virtual Mobility really has some definite advantages to offer for students and teachers by offering the possiblity to enrich the more traditional learning activities. Students get access to an international community of learners, academics and experts far beyond the own campus or geographical area, and hence to a wide linguistic and cultural diversity. Virtual Erasmus also offers exchange opportunities for those unable to participate in traditional Erasmus.
Within REVE the collaborating partners are undertaking two actions:
- Virtual mobility course actions, in which Real Virtual Erasmus is implemented with the right blend of virtual and real collaboration between students and teachers across institutional and national borders
- Horizontal support actions, enabling and providing the necessary technical, pedagogical and organizational support services, training, models and procedures to ensure these activities can be implemented and embedded as an integrated part in mainstream higher education.
A short description of the project proposal (pdf)
The objectives of the REVE project are to enhance the impact and efficiency of the Erasmus programme through the set-up of and support for a full-fletched virtual Erasmus action;
(1) as a complement to the existing Erasmus exchange programmes in which virtual Erasmus can be used to prepare and follow-up the physical mobility or/and take courses at the home university while staying abroad;
(2) to embed networked e-learning (in transnational collaboration of teachers and students) as an integrated part in mainstream higher education, aiming at transferability, scalability and sustainability: joint programme and course development, joint learning activities as virtual integrated elements of blended learning, ‘following’ (e.g. elective) courses abroad in a virtual mode;
(3) to develop and provide the necessary technical, pedagogical and organizational services to guarantee these objectives to be realised.
The REVE project is structured into 6 workpackages, which are:
WP 1 Courses
Coordinated by K.U.Leuven
WP 2 Services
Coordinated by FernUniversität Hagen & EuroPACE
WP 3 Models and procedures
Coordinated by EUNITE
WP 4 Training
Coordinated by TKK Helsinki University of Technology
WP 5 Dissemination and evaluation
Coordinated by EDEN
WP 6 Project management
Coordinated by EuroPACE
The outputs of the REVE project are:
(1) Real working virtual mobility actions & courses within the real environment of mainstream education of the partners;
(2) Concrete and validated procedures as well as recommendations at institutional, network (local as well as transnational and European level, published in a manual about a global framework for networked e-learning, as a further development of the existing Manual for a Collaborative European Virtual University (finished cEVU project);
(3) Tools and techniques that support the virtual mobility actions, including training materials;
(4) Effective dissemination to stimulate uptake of the outcomes inside and outside the (extended) partnership
Please find a chronological overview of the project activities so far and future REVE activities in the project calendar.