DACEM

DACEM, Digitising Academic Catalogues for Enhanced Mobility, is an initiative focused on improving accessibility, completeness, consistency, timeliness, and interoperability of Course Catalogues.

Started: 2024

Funding: Erasmus+ Key Action 2

Project budget: 400.000,00 €

Length: 31 months

Partners: 9

DACEM, Digitising Academic Catalogues for Enhanced Mobility, is an initiative aimed at providing an open-source software and cloud platform for online Course Catalogues (CCs) in adherence to the ECTS Users’ Guide.

It is designed to tackle the consistent challenges encountered by students in the Erasmus+ programme, focusing on improving accessibility, completeness, consistency, timeliness, and interoperability of course information. By creating a user-friendly platform that is planned to integrate with existing tools like Erasmus Without Paper (EWP), the NORM tool and the Online Learning Agreement (OLA), DACEM strives to transform the experience for European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and students.

The core activities of the project involve extensive mapping of current CCs, analysing user and stakeholder needs, and leveraging new technologies to develop an open-source CC solution and cloud platform. It ensures transparency in course details, bridges accessibility gaps, and facilitates recognition across borders, levelling the playing field for all students, irrespective of their backgrounds or circumstances.

Over the years, Erasmus students have faced challenges in accessing updated and consistent course information, leading to hindered decision-making and inadequate recognition of study achievements abroad. DACEM strives to aid the elimination of these persistent issues, aiming to revolutionise academic mobility and foster a more connected, transparent, and equitable European Education Area.

Project consortium: University of Vigo (coordinator), Tallinn University, Virtual Campus LDA, Thessaly University, Erasmus Student Network AISBL (ESN), University of Maribor, Charles University, University of Orleans, and European University Foundation.