ERASMUS INFORMAL MEETING INTENSIVE PROGRAMMES 22-23 September 2011 Athens-Greece IP impact : how to measure it ?. Elina Mavrogiorgou, IKY-Hellenic National L.L.P. Agency / Erasmus. Why IP are necessary at the EU level?. Why they are an appropriate choice?
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ERASMUS INFORMAL MEETING
22-23 September 2011
IP impact : how to measure it ?
Elina Mavrogiorgou, IKY-Hellenic National L.L.P. Agency /Erasmus
Why IP are necessary at the EU level?
Why they are an appropriate choice?
Which are the general / specific objectives related to ERASMUS IP ?
General objectives for LLP
foster interchange, cooperation and mobility between education and training systems within the Community so that they become a world quality reference
Specific objectives for LLP
-contribute to the development of quality Lifelong Learning
-promote high performance, innovation and a European dimension in systems and practices in the field
-support the realization of a European area for Lifelong Learning
-improve the quality, attractiveness and accessibility of the opportunities for Lifelong Learning available with Member States
Specific objectives for LLP (2)
-reinforce the contribution of Lifelong Learning to social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, gender equality, personal fulfillment
-promote creativity, competitiveness, employability and the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit
-contribute to participation of people regardless their socio-economic background
-promote language learning and linguistic diversity
Specific objectives for LLP (3)
Support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practices
creating a sense of European citizenship, encouraging tolerance and respect for people and cultures
ERASMUS operational objectives
-Improve the quality and increase the volume of students and teaching staff mobility throughout Europe
-Improve the quality and increase the volume of multilateral cooperation between HEI in Europe
-Improve the quality and increase the volume of cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises
-facilitate the development of innovative practices in education and training at tertiary level and their transfer, including from one participating country to others
-Support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning
Curricular reform: competence based learning, flexible learning paths, recognition of qualifications and competences
New skills for new jobs initiative: get the right skills and competences : make the best possible predictions about what skills will be needed in the future
IP Impact definition
Students – Teachers - Institutions
Mobility, innovation, creativity, ICT, recognition, multinational cooperation, intercultural dialogue, personal fulfillment, employability, language learning, social inclusion
In the long term: comparability and transparency of qualifications
Development of a common scientific language
Providing education more relevant to the outside world
Methods used for monitoring IP
-Discussion with the coordinator
-Observation (attending courses)
-Group discussion with the IP participants
-Send questionnaire before the visit
Evaluation of the final report
-6 NA use external experts
-Quality assessment sheet based on EACEA example
-Comparison of application and final report
(not always the case)
-External expert used for an overall judgment
IP enhance the quality of ERASMUS mobility?
Establish + strengthen networks of cooperation
Possibility to be mobile for more students, who cannot participate in a standard
IP quality impact on Institutional level
-Mobility promotion tool
-New level of trust between the partner institutions
-international team work-improvement of teaching methods, learn from students/learn from each other
-a kick-off for further cooperation, research projects, networks, joint degrees
-Joint master programs
-Erasmus Mundus Masters
-EU Canada projects
IP inclusion to the curricula
Data collected on the final report level
-Special dissemination questionnaire, additional to the final report
-Excel sheet: must be handed in with the Final report
IP is in some cases included to the curriculum as an elective course
In one case, an IP will be implemented in the new English Module of the coordinating HEI
Certificate,recognized as an elective course
Not always the same number of ECTS (usually 5 ECTS /differences between partner institutions)
Even if the coordinating Institution recognizes the IP course, it is not always the case for the partner institutions
IP after the 3 year funding
-followup only during monitoring or systems checks
-Asking best practice IP coordinators at a personal level
Should bear in mind that there are IP for 15 years! (same partnership-different topic)
Stronger emphasis should be given to dissemination
Extension of the financing period but cutting funds down
-Some NA support the idea
-Could reduce the number of traveling IP
But: the majority not in favor: difficult to find additional funding
Information on IP quality and Impact given by coordinators
IP allow teachers to take risks, to try something new
Share of best practices -more ideas, creativity, links between partners
Improvement of the quality: comparison between different educational systems/ teaching methods/learning content
Mix theory + workshops
work in a multinational environment : Working with an international group of students
Lab exercises / Field work-in wild nature
Working on real cases
Faster way of gaining knowledge
Developing soft skills
Innovation: important component
-Spin-offs : articles/publications/research projects
Positive impact on teaching methods
IP make the teachers be more open minded
Encourage further cooperation
Creative teaching methods
Benefits for teachers
-Teaching staff improves professional teaching experience –exchange of ideas
-teaching in a foreign languageadds prestige
-Discuss the latest research results/on state of art subjects in their field
-Self assessment of teaching methods
-Work with international groups
Benefits for students
Strong impact on young researchers
Learn something they can’t in their university, but needed for their research
They learn a lot : about new approaches on their subject, about linked subjects, new topics, latest research
Improved language skills
Work intensively and in depth
Many opportunities to study abroad after the IP
Learn how to work in a group of people coming from different cultures-overcoming stereotypes
Evaluation sheets: a good tool?
-Useful tool for the IP improvement
-Specific questionnaires are also needed (prepared by the IP partnership)
Suggestion: impact study done both at national and European level
But: Coordinators feel some of the questions are not relevant or cannot be answered right after the IP
-Some coordinators adapt the evaluation sheet to their specific needs.
Evaluation tool on line: good idea (who is going to organize it?)
Platform for IP coordinators ?
IP portal/platform: link the coordinators-exchange of experience
Good idea (coordinators’ reaction very positive) but face to face contact is also very important
-Needs good organization -Information should be transferred directly from the LLP link: administrator of the platform is needed, coordinators don’t have the time for that.
-Some IP have their own internet platforms or are part of subject related networks
Proposal:ADAM/EST data base
Suggestions on the IP impact
Application forms-published earlier:more time for partnerships to be prepared
-Defining clearly the learning outcomes
-Teachers should stay minimum 3 days
-Contact seminars for coordinators
-Thematic meetings for coordinators
-Impact study done both at national and European level
How innovative are IP?
“An IP is as innovative as are its partners”
Need for a good definition for “innovative”
One teaching method may be standard in one area, but innovative in some other
IP seen as “think tanks”
“Excellence character component” : how it can be highlighted more explicitly?
Need for a long term strategy?
-A sustainable strategy should be obligatory?
-At least ensure that the new content created can become a part of the teaching program
-Small IP can be used as a tool to enhance mobility
-Minimum requirements for outputs and dissemination strategy?
-Dissemination activities: how can they be strengthen?