CIVIS aims to increase mobility among its students and staff members. Therefore, CIVIS launched its call for Virtual Mobility programmes to be designed, submitted, and implemented by all partner universities.
What are Virtual Mobilities (VMs)?
Virtual mobility (VM) and physical mobility are complementary; VM allows students who so far were not able to participate in exchange mobility for various reasons, to be part of the international community. Therefore, VM opens perspectives for all students, offering an inclusive mobility context.
The latest events caused by COVID – 19 have impacted the speed of adopting virtual mobility, which is under transformation and adaptation to current contexts and needs to reshape its main features in order to endorse the design of innovative learning programmes and activities. From the analysis of existing definitions and based on CIVIS institutional experiences with physical and virtual mobility, we can state that virtual mobility can cover a wide range of international learning and teaching research, collaborative activities, in an online environment, empowering students with learning experiences, promoting the development of the key competences for a knowledge-based society.
The above-mentioned interpretation of VM represents the concept’s common understanding within the CIVIS partnership and a starting point for designing the pillars of higher education virtual mobility in CIVIS.