OLA+

OLA+

The OLA+ tool will considerably ease the mobility management of students across the European continent.

Started: 2017

Funding: Erasmus+ Key Action 2

Project budget: 286,907 €

Length: 2 years

Partners: 10

The OLA+ project offers an innovative and sustainable tool to improve efficiency of mobility management thus allowing to cope successfully with constantly increasing numbers of student exchanges. The need for increasing HE student mobility in Europe is a long-standing political priority and the European Higher Education Area is built on structures and tools that aim to foster successful cross-border cooperation, including mobility. In order to achieve the desired results, it is necessary to have access to an adequate range of tools, modern procedures and concrete methodologies to manage the workload effectively.

Creating streamlined and less time-consuming mechanisms for universities to manage mobility flows is among the key overall deliverables of the project and the goal of proposed upgrades: the OLA+ tool strives to considerably ease the mobility management of students across the continent. The main objectives of the proposed project are the creation/upgrade of a fully functional online tool enabling HEI staff members to manage/negotiate LAs in an online environment. OLA+ aims as well at eradicating problems of academic recognition by substantially improving the quality of the information students receive when preparing, signing and amending their LAs. In addition, online training material and a toolkit will be made available to illustrate/explain how the OLA+ tool can be best used by the HEI staff members, while also providing good practices on how a LA should be managed for/by students.

Both universities (IROs, academic coordinators, university staff involved in the mobility management) and students will be the main beneficiaries of a smoother LA management system, as it aims to ensure full compliance with national procedures between sending and receiving HEIs, therefore facilitating LA management from HEIs and student perspectives. The OLA+ tool is primarily targeted at IROs and Erasmus+  coordinators, who are the key actors involved in facilitating and managing such activities.

The project will be implemented by 10 partners: EUF (coordinating institution), 8 universities (University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Lodz University of Technology (Poland), University of Vienna (Austria), University of Marburg (Germany), University of Alcala (Spain), University of Bergen (Norway), Erasmus University of Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Pantheon-Sorbonne University (France) and the Erasmus Student Network, which will account for the student perspective of mobility management. The consortium has a strong institutional commitment to organise quality student mobility. Additionally, there are 21 associate partners (19 universities and 2 university networks). The involvement of large number of universities will allow developing new features and carrying out the testing phases as well as assessing the extent to which the OLA tool addresses the needs of HEIs and complies with their national procedures across Europe.

In the long term the tool will enable HEIs to improve the quality of student mobility by re-allocating time and resources to supporting students before, during and after their mobilities. The tool will be available for free to HEIs and students and will accelerate the emergence of a European Higher Education Area where mobility becomes the rule, rather than the exception, hence contributing to the ET2020 framework.

This project builds on a previous project.