Making Mobility the Norm – NORM
The NORM project is a European initiative which will strive to challenge institutional barriers to embed student mobility in study programmes at HEIs, namely curricula design and accreditation procedures. The project also aims to develop an IT solution that will facilitate finding equivalences of courses and curricula between HEIs.
Benefit from the improved student mobility and well-matched exchange opportunities.
Higher Education Institutions
Support in the evaluation and adaptation of their curricula and cooperation networks to implement mobility opportunities for all their students.
Be involved in the debate of the curricula development and shape future elements of the Erasmus+ programme according to the recommendations of the NORM project.
In April 2020, the NORM survey for students was launched. This is part of the 2nd Intellectual Output led by the University of Barcelona. The survey was distributed amongst the Consortium partners. In the survey, students have the chance to share their experience...
The Corona pandemic not only affected the administration and implementation of our project, but it also changed the scope of it as well. Following the spread of the Corona virus, Higher Education Institutions changed the layout of teaching; as teaching switched gear...
In November 2019, the NORM consortium met for the first time in Thessaloniki, Greece. During the meeting that was hosted by the University of Thessaloniki’s International Relations Office, partners had the chance to get to know each other and learn more about the...
Outputs and Resources
Desk research and mapping of good practices (IO1)
The aim of the research is to map out the existing mobility structures and strategies of European higher education institutions along a “mobility continuum”: from those that have implemented mandatory student mobility in their curricula, to those where no student mobility takes place at all. The study will highlight different mobility schemes with respect to different Universities’ strategies.
Status: Finalised (June 2020)
Milestones: Publication of report
Subject-specific analysis of regulated fields (IO3)
This research will be carried out on specific academic disciplines and programmes identified under IO1 to identify concrete bottlenecks to student mobility. One approach will be the evaluation of curricula with embedded mobility options to identify viable structures and barriers to the integration of student mobility in degree programmes.
Status: Planned (September 2020)
Milestones: Mobility Typology report | Multiplier event
Piloting the curricula-matching digital tool (IO5)
The prototype will be piloted among partner universities in a real environment to test its functionality and usability. This testing phase will also produce useful information on how a digital solution can help higher education institutions to embed mobility opportunities in their curricula, ease student mobility procedures, strengthen learning agreements and facilitate the recognition of learning outcomes.
Status: Planned (September 2021)
Milestones: Online trainings for IT specialists and internarional officers | Report
Surveys for Higher Education Institutions (IO2)
The surveys will investigate existing curricula, strategies of curricula development at HEIs and the success rates of existing strategies. One part of the surveys will focus specifically on barriers to student mobility for students with fewer opportunities and from disadvantaged backgrounds, to identify structural vs. individual barriers to mobility and define requirements respective different target groups.
Status: Student survey: Launched (June 2020) | Staff survey: Launch planned (September 2020)
Milestones: Launch of surveys | Report
Prototyping a curricula-matching digital tool (IO4)
A prototype of an IT solution will be designed to help higher education institutions to easily share their curricula and course catalogues and find equivalences between them. This will facilitate course choices for exchange students, strengthening the reliability of learning agreements and the recognition of credits after mobility.
Status: Planned (September 2022)
Milestones: Technical blueprint and benchmarking reprot | Testing in a controlled environment
Developing a European Curricula Design Guide (IO6)
The European Curricula Design Guide, based on the research carried out in IO1, IO2 and IO3, will contain a toolkit for institutions and concrete policy recommendations on how to design study programmes in a mobility-friendly way that encourages mobility to be embedded in curricula. The contents of the guide will be tailored to the different contexts of European HEIs as defined in the Mobility Typology produced in IO3.
Status: Planned (September 2021)
Milestones: Short-term joined staff training | The Guide | Final conference
University of Marburg
University Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University of Barcelona
Vytautas Magnus University
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
European University Foundation
Eötvös Loránd University
Erasmus Student Network
Universidad de Alcalá
christina.bohle [at] uni-marburg.de
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