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ERIC Number: ED479316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Virtual Mobility in Reality: A Study of the Use of ICT in Finnish Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Projects.
Valjus, Sonja
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)
For full text: rdo2/studies/mobility.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Education and Culture.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland