Policy recommendations on effectively promoting teaching mobility in Europe

With the main aim of the project being to tackle the access to teaching mobility to junior academic teachers and researchers and to improve the quality of their mobility experiences, it is crucial that the project’s conclusions and findings are streamlined into concrete policy recommendations that could be reflected in the actions of the new, post-2020 programme for education and training of the European Commission.

As such, the recommendations contribute to the priorities of the revised Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education, putting emphasis on the need for systematic and ongoing professional development of teachers, strategic support for their pedagogical, curriculum design, and transversal skills training, and on the recognition of teaching skills in Europe.

The policy recommendations address three different levels: European and national policy-makers, higher education institutions and individual academics.

On all three levels, the documents include a wide range of practical recommendations that may contribute to the enhancement of teaching mobility experience in Europe.

Summary of policy recommendations for policy-makers:

  • Use the European Universities initiative to test and promote new forms of teaching mobility
  • Encourage the digitalisation of staff mobility in Erasmus+ countires (and beyond)
  • Mainstream sustainability into teaching mobility guidelines
  • Make teaching mobility more inclusive

Summary of policy recommendations for higher education institutions:

  • Adopt a strategic approach to teaching mobility
  • Promote teaching mobility among junior staff with strategic partner institutions
  • Improve and formalise recognition schemes
  • Make teaching mobility greener and more sustainable
  • Promote new spaces of digital networking
  • Encourage blended and virtual forms of teaching mobility
  • Provide assistance in administration
  • Provide preparatory training before applying to and taking up mobility
  • Encourage teachers to make use of innovative and inclusive digital solutions
  • Design and implement clear, inclusive and targeted communication and promotion
  • Promote an inclusive outreach and engagement strategy to academic staff and inclusive teaching and learning environment

Summary of policy recommendations for academic staff on individual level:

  • Expand your network
  • Get prepared to your mobility experiene and enhance your relevant skills
  • Improve your language skills
  • Foster an inclusive, interncultural mindset
  • Plan your courses - constructive alignment
  • Get to know your students - Intercultural Understanding Inventory
  • Create a course portfolio
  • Get useful feedback from students - student evaluation of teaching

For more details, open the recommendations: