ERIC Number: ED479316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Virtual Mobility in Reality: A Study of the Use of ICT in Finnish Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Projects.
An e-mail survey and interviews collected data on use of information and communications technology (ICT) in Finnish Leonardo da Vinci mobility projects from 2000-02. Findings showed that the most common ICT tools used were e-mail, digital tools, and the World Wide Web; ICT was used during all project phases; the most common problems concerned functioning, availability, or compatibility of equipment, and data protection issues; and big differences were found between material and human resources between partners regarding ICT use, presenting a great challenge to international ICT use. Case studies were conducted of nine exemplary mobility projects where ICT use was versatile and innovative. A model of types of virtual mobility was developed. These four types of virtual mobility were identified: increase organization's ICT expertise; support and develop realization of mobility projects; internationalize at home through virtual means of communication; and continue virtual cooperation. These five guidelines for successful ICT use in mobility projects were produced: start with needs, goals, and strategies of the mobility project and organization; identify resources of partner organizations; justify choice of ICT equipment; ensure beneficiaries have necessary skills and knowledge; and partner relations are important. (A tool to help in planning ICT use is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Cross Cultural Training, Developed Nations, Educational Planning, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, Occupational Mobility, Online Courses, Overseas Employment, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Telecommunications, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, World Wide Web
For full text: http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/leonardo/new/leona rdo2/studies/mobility.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Education and Culture.
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Identifiers - Location: Finland