Open Webinar: “Virtual Mobility and Internationalisation of Higher Education”

Open Webinar: “Virtual Mobility and Internationalisation of Higher Education”
Monday, May 29, 2017, 09:00-10:00

Expert: Alastair Creelman, E-learning specialist at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
Moderation: David Röthler,


Mobility of students and internationalisation is an issue Universities have been supporting for a long time. Especially the Erasmus Programme of the European Union had a significant impact on student mobility. With the rise of eLearning and especially MOOCs the term mobility changes its notion: virtual mobility allows co-operation between several universities by sharing courses, virtual seminar series, virtual placement as well as virtual support activities for physical mobility. Virtual mobility involves as well focus on intercultural exchange.

Alastair will present and discuss the challenges and experience so far concerning virtual mobility in higher education. He is involved in the following projects:

This open webinar is part of a course at Salzburg University about communication in MOOCs. Students participate at international MOOCs and reflect communication and learning processes.

Everybody interested is welcome to join the live online session!

Recording of the session:

Update June 27, 2017

Until today about 160 people have watched (at least partly) the recording of the live stream on Facebook. The recording on Youtube has been visited around 30 times. More than 25 participants took part actively at the live session.


Recycling webinar recordings

We record so many webinars and although there are many who watch these recordings there may be other ways of reusing them. I wrote a blogpost on this theme recently, Recycling webinars, and a few days later I got a link from our project partners at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm showing how they have used the recording of our webinar from the Introduction to urology MOOC. They have reused our recording to make a film showing teachers how to organise a webinar with tips on layout, structure and methodology.

Thank you to Eva Lorentzon and the learning technologists at Karolinska Institute University Library for telling us about this excellent spin-off to our project.


Webinar in a MOOC

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We helped Karolinska Institute arrange a webinar as part of their MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Introduction to Urology which ran Sept – Nov 2015. Here are Maria Kvarnström’s reflections on the experience.

A long time has now passed the webinar on Karolinska Institute’s MOOC Introduction to urology took place. However better late than never (!) and here are some of our thoughts on the webinar we offered as part of the MOOC.

We think that the webinar went really well in terms of interesting discussions and creating an inclusive atmosphere for the participants who seem to appreciate getting the opportunity to meet the course instructor in person for a live event – an extra dimension to a MOOC! We prepared very thoroughly with special attention on dealing with large numbers of participants. We decided to put a limit of 300 simultaneous participants and close the webinar room when that level was reached. This was we were not sure about how the performance of the room would be affected with so many participants. We had also worked out methods for saving valuable bandwidth with a mass audience: low quality video, only one video stream in operation, if necessary freezing the video, reducing presentation file size etc.  Continue reading

Partner blog – lessons learned 2015

cropped-harry_bild2.jpgOne of our partner organisations is The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise – Insurance Information to Employers. Here is an interview with Julia Utbult and Åsa Blomberg reflecting on their webinar development during 2015.

What was the aim of your webinar initiative and how successful have you been so far?

We have been running traditional training for a long time now with on-site meetings as well as telephone and e-mail contact. We are responsible for providing clear information about our services to a large customer base and we are interested in investigating new methods and opportunities. Webinars seemed attractive in several ways: a new and modern way to work, relatively easy to set up, a quick and effective way of informing our customers and the opportunity to save money because neither we nor our customers need to travel. Continue reading

Cancelled: Effective Webinars Project at Online Educa in Berlin



Update – Nov 25, 2015: Due to the policy of Online Educa not to allow live streaming we had to cancel our interactive presentation. We are very sorry for that and will announce an alternative event in the near future.


We are very glad that our workshop proposal for Online Educa, one of the biggest conferences about eLearning, has been accepted. It will take place on Thursday, Dec 3,  11:45 – 13:15 on-site in Berlin and online.

Everybody is invited to join the discussion.

Please, register here.

Opening Up and Internationalising Education with Webinars

Accessibility, inclusion and cooperative internationalisation have been on the European agenda for quite a time. The core European document describing this approach is the Communication of the Commission from September 2013 “Opening up Education”. Live web conferences and webinars can contribute to widened participation, internationalisation, virtual mobility and open education. Webinars are frequently used for synchronous online meetings with up to several hundred participants. All too often the tendency is that with more participants the level of interaction decreases and many webinars become simply one-way communication in the same way as the traditional academic lecture in a large lecture hall. However, gathering a large number of interested parties in one online meeting is an excellent opportunity to discuss, exchange experience and build networks.

Hybrid settings allow the combination of on-site and online education at the same time. Cross border courses can be facilitated thus connecting learners from two or more countries. This can be regarded as well as a form of “virtual mobility”. Furthermore a series of web conferences can be understood as a kind of a (mini) MOOC.

The presentation will demonstrate and discuss the following:

  • Hybrid learning environments put into practice with web video conference technology
  • Connecting two or more groups of learners
  • How to raise interactivity with appropriate tools and methods

In detail the hybrid workshop will cover the following aspects:

  • Short introduction and presentation of the idea and progress of the “Effective Webinars” project 
  • What is a web conference/webinar/web meeting?
  • Technical requirements
  • How can webinar software open up education (collaborative work)
  • How can webinars or web meetings support the concept of “virtual mobility”?
  • Presentation of the Webigagement approach live from Copenhagen
  • Game-based approaches in webinars
  • How to improve participation in webinars (tools and approaches)
  • Challenges to run a hybrid meeting
  • Feedback

On-site facilitation: David Röthler, Torhild Slåtto

The hybrid workshop is open for online participants all over the world. The workshop will show the opportunities, challenges and constraints of opening up on-site rooms with webinar technology. The general idea is, that online and on-site participants can interact via the web conference system. Wireless microphones and several webcams, notebooks, smartphones and tablets will provide the interface for an open discussion.

Please, register here.

Game-based learning in webinars

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 10.56.01 AMAn often mentioned buzzword is gamification – no matter if the area is business, marketing, communication, teamwork, urban planning or education from kindergarten to learning with the elderly. There are a lot of studies about the principles of game based learning and also about different areas of education. Especially in the field of elearning game-based approaches are being used frequently.

But what about webinars? There are lots of webinars about gamification or game based learning. And mostly you experience more or less traditional lectures, presentations of slides etc. Perhaps participants are invited to ask questions via chat or microphone. Sometimes there are videos about serious games. But what about playing in or during webinars? Continue reading

Running a webinar without internet

Offline group in Brussels

Our webinar workshop at the LINQ 2015 conference in Brussels didn’t quite go as planned, at least not for those of us who were in Brussels. You can read in a previous post about the schedule and set-up but basically the idea was to run a collaborative workshop with participants both on-site and online and produce a summary of the discussions on a public Padlet wall.

I thought I had prepared well and had the necessary equipment but when I started preparing the room for the workshop one rather essential element was missing – internet. Continue reading