In order to gather the experiences regarding teaching mobility in the European Higher Education Area, the TWE+ consortium employed survey-based research. The survey aimed to explore the motivation, hindering factors and possible results of teaching mobility.
The first results are in and we would like to report a few interesting descriptive data. First of all, we would like to thank you academics from Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Italy, Spain and Sweden who were the most active participants in the survey, altogether they provided 474 responses. The most active institutions were the Eötvös Loránd University, Sveuèilite u Zagrebu, Žilinská univerzita v Žiline, Óbuda University and Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus.
Respondents were coming from several academic fields, providing opportunity for an extensive analysis. Here is a short summary of the findings.
The survey results offered valuable insights on how universities spread information about mobility opportunities and revealed obtacles that inhibit academics participation in teaching mobility. Those who have already participated in teaching mobility reported high levels of satisfaction: more than 90% were satisfied with the outcome.
What motivates an academic to participate in teaching mobility? Apparently the most important motivation factors are the urge to get to know educational practices at another university, the possibility of joint projects and the curiosity regarding the research projects at the host institution. You can see the distribution of motivations in the chart.
The initial detailed results will be presented at the project meeting at UniLaSalle, Beauvais on 17-18th October. The results will serve as basis for the development of a Quality Tool that higher education institutions can use to enhance policies and processes regarding teaching mobility.