The DIGIPASS Consortium is comprised of six universities – University of Edinburgh, University of Amsterdam, University College Dublin, University of Granada, University of Pavia and the Jagiellonian University of Krakow.
What will DIGIPASS do?
- A modular training programme which covers all aspects of the student mobility lifecycle;
- A suite of online tools and open educational resources to deliver the training programme;
- A staff toolkit which includes a webinar series aimed at all staff who support student mobility;
- Formal validation and certification for students who successfully complete the trainingprogramme.
- A handbook and framework for policymakers which contains a compilation of the trainingmaterials with a summary of the research findings and recommendations, and provides a blueprintfor others to replicate the training programme;
- Offer opportunities to students from underrepresented communities as well as for students withspecial need requirements to engage with mobility through additional customised support;
- Raise awareness about the essential work of equipping students with digital and media literacyskills, and to enhance their employability prospects through reflective learning from their mobilityexperience.
The project aims to deliver the following:
Dissemination and training activities
The DIGIPASS project results will be shared with the wider higher education community and public through the following dissemination activities:
- Training programme design and online tool event hosted by the University of Granada
- Staff toolkit event hosted by the University of Amsterdam
- Handbook and framework event for policymakers hosted by the University of Edinburgh in Brussels
- Final dissemination event hosted by the Jagiellonian University of Krakow.
The project will also hold three international staff weeks, a staff week in each year of the project. Participants in the international staff weeks will develop skills for effectively supporting the entire student mobility lifecycle and help the DIGIPASS Consortium to further its refine project results. All staff week attendees will be invited to participate in the DIGIPASS Community of Practice to continue their professional development and involvement in DIGIPASS after their week of training concludes.
DIGIPASS will directly impact 1,800 student participants (300 per partner institution) and 60 (10 per partner institution) local stakeholders, including minority groups, policymakers and other institutions of higher education. The portfolio dissemination activities and training events will attract 230 local participants and 35 international participants who will be encouraged to join the project’s ‘Community of Practice’ to adopt, modify and embed the project results, tools and resources at their own institutions. The primary impact for students will come in the form of improved online mobility support through an online training programme which uniquely supports the full mobility lifecycle. Staff who participate in the international staff weeks will develop and enhance their ability to support the complete mobility lifecycle. The Student Mobility Lifecycle Just as many universities describe the process of becoming a student, participating in a programme of study and graduating from that programme as a lifecycle, DIGIPASS imagines the process of moving from the point of interest in international mobility to returning to campus as a lifecycle. The four stages of the mobility are illustrated in the below image provided by the University of Amsterdam. The DIGIPASS Consortium has already made a considerable effort to define the lifecycle and the support that would benefit students at each stage. This initial research needs further development and requires the insight and oversight of staff working directly in student mobility. We hope to begin this work in earnest in Krakow in May 2019.