Blended Intensive Programmes
What is a Blended Intensive Programme?
- A short, intensive programme with innovative ways of learning and teaching, including online cooperation.
- The programme may include challenge-based learning [transnational and transdisciplinary teams work together to tackle challenges; for example, projects linked to the 17 United Nations’ sustainable development goals or other societal challenges identified by regions, cities or companies].
- A Blended Intensive Programme should have added value compared to existing courses or trainings offered by the participating HEIs and can be multiannual.
- A Blended Intensive Programme aims to be inclusive and encourage the students from all backgrounds and study fields and cycles to participate in BIP – by enabling new and more flexible mobility formats that combine physical mobility with a virtual part.
What are the key features?
- Allowing for groups of HEIs to jointly develop blended mobility curricula and activities for students and staff [academic and administrative]
- Physical component & virtual component – both mandatory
- At least three HEIs from three different countries [Programme countries or from the 3rd country associated with the Programme]: applicant & partners
- Duration of 5-30 days for physical mobility [excluding travel days]. No minimum duration for the virtual component. Virtual component can be before or after the physical component
- Minimum 3 ECTS credits to be awarded for blended mobility for studies
- Participants funded under KA131 or from own costs
- Eligible for Organisational Support if a minimum of 15 participants are funded by KA131
Recommendations for Best Practice
- Partner with HEIs already known – within the existing network
- Have a process for short mobilities ready before implementing student BIPs
- Create a timeline for the courses
- Nomination, application, registration
- Contact Erasmus+ coordinators at the partner HEIs early
- Maintain open communication with BIP organiser
- Handbook / Training – pdf online [green approach]
- Secure enough participants – in case of cancellations – motivating students to participate
- Encourage partner HEIs to use Force Majeure