Title: Empowering Student Mobility with OpenCourseWare
Other Titles: A handbook for universities to get the most out of OpenCourseWare to support Student Mobility
Authors: Truyen, Frederik
Verbeken, Stephanie
Contributors: Forward, Mary Lou
Lesko, Igor
Touzé, Sophie
Tovar, Edmundo
van Valkenburg, Willem
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Open Education Consortium Europe
Abstract: With this handbook, our aim is to show how students, teachers and universities throughout Europe can get
the most out of OpenCourseWare to participate in new learning communities and facilitate virtual exchanges
across borders.
This handbook is one of the results of a European education project funded by the Lifelong Learning
Programme of the European Union entitled “OpenCourseWare in the European HE context: How to make use
of its full potential for virtual mobility”. More information about the project can be found at The focus of this project is to lay the foundations for a strong
European OpenCourseWare framework. A stronger framework also means closer cooperation between
European institutes, which results in the mutual use of material and even joint degrees. A better functioning
OpenCourseWare system will enhance quality and increase the usage of online courses while facilitating
virtual mobility through increased co-operation and the removal of barriers to higher education. A virtual
mobility experience can be a valid alternative for the many students who cannot travel for studies abroad for
financial reasons.
This handbook offers a number of resources, guidelines and scenarios to increase the use of open
educational resources for student mobility in European Higher Education. In the first chapter, we define a
number of frequently used terms, such as Open Educational Resources, OpenCourseWare or (Virtual)
Student Mobility, and outline the context of student mobility, both physical and virtual. In the second
chapter, we offer a number of scenarios for the use of OpenCourseWare both in the context of on-campus
education and that of (virtual) student mobility. This handbook ends with a description of current (and
future) trends in Open Education.
ISBN: 978-94-6186-339-3
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: ABa-p
Appears in Collections:Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, Leuven

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