Project aims and objectives

I2AGORA aims to contribute to the development, extension and expansion of professional skills of (both) conventional students and students outside traditional cohorts, by disseminating, promoting and valorising state-of-the-art, flexible, work-placement strategies to major European educational operators, associated stakeholders, and e-learning networks. The projects build on extensive collaboration between ODL/e-learning experts having key-roles in relevant associated projects. The core activities are focused on surveying, analysing, adopting/improving and synthetising the valuable results, operable models and innovative tools which may support to reach the challenging objectives mentioned above. Complexity of the problem has been analysed in all of the referred projects – I2AGORA will systematised their findings in a 3x3 dimensional model, referred as the "Magic cube" of virtual internship programs. In line with the approach of changing education paradigm, students are not simple "receivers" or "users" but much more designers and developers of their virtual learning/working environment – this idea is addressed by "Internship 2.0" test-bed – opening possibility for full-scale involvement of students in the exploitation process.

I2AGORA proposes actions to address the applicability and adoptability of the tested models:
  1. multiply the impact of good practice examples by versatile means: establishing multilingual gateway and virtual communities of IdeAgora and organising fast-track multiplication Cliniques with proven showcases, as major engines of exploitation;
  2. provide innovative ICT support for facilitating the effectiveness of virtual internship (VIWE) and also the structured mediation between university and enterprises (IdeAgora);
  3. attribute a regional perspective in diagnosing and possibly remedying any obstacles;
  4. confront existing assumptions with the empirical outcomes of the referred projects, and set out recommendations for policy.
I2AGORA is a true transversal exploitation of results relating to: eLearning, (virtual) mobility, intern placements, employability, virtual campus, etc. It builds on sectoral achievements from Leonardo da Vinci (e.g. CSVM), Socrates Grundtvig (e.g., INTERN), Erasmus (e.g., CBVE, ViCaDiS), and the eLearning Programme (e.g., eMove). Exploring synergy and multiplying impacts by Gateway and "cliniques", it convenes all stakeholders of sectoral programmes, bringing their experience to valorisation.

Target group

The main target group are all the academic actors (educational programme directors, tutors and academic supervisors, students) as well as the SMEs involved in the remote placements offers.

All mentioned target groups will be reached using two types of routes:
  • electronically – not only the project portal, but also some "products" of the WP3&WP5 (Gateway, IdeAgora) will support continuous networking, collaborative actions, discussions, innovative valorisation and exploitation methods.
  • Traditional exploitation and dissemination methods – mainly by organisation of the Clinique series and the final valorisation event. The target groups will be additionally addressed through dissemination on conferences and through the propagation of dissemination materials.
  • moreover, students involved in local and international "Internship 2.0" programmes are expected to contribute to the development phases and activities.