For USN, a major challenge is to develop courses relevant to international students at BA-level. For our partner, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) a major challenge is to facilitate international exchange as many of their students are in precarious economic circumstances.
To provide international perspectives and learning environments to a maximum number of students, our emphasis in this project is first on developing a portfolio of digital
learning resources. This portfolio will be used when conducting the course at USN and to facilitate mutual online learning environments for students not travelling. The project is tailored to contribute to a sustainable climate but also enables travel for a restricted number of staff and students.
There are five main project activities and associated expected results:
1) Strengthen the collaboration between USN and CSUDH by engaging in student and faculty exchange throughout and beyond the project period.
2) Jointly, with extensive student participation, design, develop and implement a
15 ECTS course, comprised of four English-language 3,75 ECTS modules to incoming students at USN and to students participating online.
3) Include students from other partner institutions in student exchange and collaborative online international learning (COIL), for instance within the Erasmus
network SocNet98 including 18 partner universities.
4) Develop a portfolio of sustainable digital learning resources disseminated open access and integrated in BA-programs at USN (“Barnevern”; “Vernepleie”)
and CSUDH (“Human services”).
5) Document and disseminate project resources and outcomes to other universities, to social work practitioners internationally, and to academia.
The project is progressing as planned, and here you can hear about the project members first reflection on how it is to work across borders, online, and finally meeting in person after Covid-19