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.
Did you miss our virtual Multiplier Event about the Curricula Design Guide? Are you interested in the European Curricula Design Guide and NORM? The NORM Virtual Multiplier Event on the Curricula Design Guide which took place on the 22nd of November, 2022 is now...
The NORM Virtual Multiplier Event that took place on the 21st of November, 2022 is now available on YouTube! Did you miss our virtual Multiplier Event about the Curricula Matching Tool? Are you interested in the Curricula Matching Tool and NORM? You can watch it...
On November 24th, NORM project partners met one last time in Marburg. The coordinators of the project, the University of Marburg, informed partners about the necessary steps to undertake in the final stages of the project, mainly focusing on project management and on...
Last November, the University of Alcalá hosted fellow colleagues from the NORM project during a 3-day in person training event. From the 14th until the 16th of November, NORM project partners had the opportunity to discuss the findings from the Desk research and...
Did you miss our virtual conference? Are you interested in the European Curricula Design Guide and NORM? Then go ahead and view or our virtual conference that took place earlier on July 2021. The link is the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWqzermuWY4...
We are pleased to announce that registration for the first online conference of the Making Mobility the Norm project is open. We are looking forward to discussing with you the results of the desk research about mobility in the Higher Education Area and the results of...
The Making Mobility the Norm project consortium is pleased to announce that the second conference of the NORM project will take place online on 05 th of June 2021 from 10am to 12:30pm. In this conference the results of IO1 and IO2 will be presented. We also want to...
In Mai 2021 we started the preparation for the in-depth research of specialised fields in order to get a concrete vision of the bottlenecks of student mobility in programs. This is part of the 3rd Intellectual Output led by the University of Marburg. For this research...
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...
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.
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.
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: Launched (September 2020)
Milestones: Launch of surveys | Report
Prototyping a curricula-matching digital tool (IO4)
A prototype of an IT solution was 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.
Milestones: Technical blueprint and benchmarking report | 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.
Milestones: Short-term joined staff training | The Guide | Final conference
Desk Research Report (IO1)
Report on piloting the prototype of the CMT (IO5)
Results from the staff survey(IO2)
EU Curricula Design Guide (IO6)
Results from the student survey(IO2)
Curricula Matching Tool
Desk Research Report (IO3)
Platform User Guide
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
carmen.fels [at] verwaltung.uni-marburg.de