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Special Mobility Strand Calls to ROMOR EU Partners 2018-2019

 



Dear staff members from partner Palestinian universities, 

ROMOR Project announces staff mobility calls to the ROMOR EU partner universities. ROMOR coordinating institutions are going to select staff for participating to the mobility strand of the Project, which aims to create capability for building, managing and sustaining Open Access Institutional Repository (OAIR) infrastructure.

The overall aim of the ROMOR project is to sustainably enhance the practice of research output management in the Palestinian Higher Education Institutions through enabling Open Access Institutional Universities (OAIRs) as well as the advocacy in support of Open Access to research outputs.

The Special Mobility Strand is an additional component of the Project that aims at enhanced practice of digital curation and preservation (DCP) in PSHE institutions in Palestine to ensure long-term availability and accessibility of their digital holdings.

Particularly it aims at fostering research for development and adoption of improved preservation procedures, and technologies in order to improve the quality, reliability, organization, management, and accessibility of digital data of importance to the institutions in Palestine.

This capacity can be built through the provision of educational opportunities and interdisciplinary research as well as by encouraging exchange of students and staff in ICT-related programs between the project partner Palestinian higher education institutions and the European higher education institutions.

Academic and Staff exchange will support a deeper integration and form the basis for future cooperation as well as help academic and staff from Palestine to establish contacts with researchers at European universities.

The ROMOR Erasmus+ Project offers opportunities for Academic and Staff Mobility for Teaching/Traineeship to the University of Parma in Italy for applications from the four partner Palestinian Higher Education Institutions:

  • Islamic University of Gaza
  • Birzeit University
  • AlQuds Open University
  • Palestine Technical University- Kadoorie

The University of Parma, The Vienna University of Technology, and the University of Glasgow will host staff members from partner Palestinian universities over the period March 2018 - September 2019 as detailed in the call below.

Staff mobility visits can be based around practical training or to strengthen capacity for designing and/or delivering teaching. The mobility period must last for a minimum of 5 days of activity and result in a minimum of 8 hours of lecture (for academics). The mobility period cannot last more than 2 months.

The calendar for the application procedures:

  • Application Period: 5th of December 2017 – 30th of December 2017
  • Announcement of the Results: 30th of January 2018
  • Signature of Mobility Agreements:  30th of February 2018
  • Mobility Period: 2 – 8 weeks
  • Mobility Window: March 2018- July 2019

 

Application:

Staff members are required to fill in online application form HERE. They need to attach with their applications, in PDF format, the following documents:

    • Language proficiency document.
    • CV.
    • A motivation letter written in English (planned activity, its rank, its objectives, outcomes, dissemination plan)
    • A scanned copy of the passport

In case the applicant proposes different activities, he/she needs to rank these activities and to describe this in the motivation letter. Originals of documents shall be claimed from the selected staff during the orientation meeting. The Selection Committee will contact the candidates for an interview in order to verify the information provided within the application and the English proficiency declared.

Selection:

The partner higher education institution for Project ROMOR Mobility Strand must have agreed on the programme of the activities to be undertaken by the visiting teachers (teaching programme) and the staff training prior to the start of the mobility period.

The selection of applications will be made on the basis of the analysis of a work program submitted by staff containing

      • the objectives to be achieved,
      • the expected results in terms of learning or training
      • and the activities planned;
      • the coherence of the work carried out abroad with the job pursued by the candidate
      • the dissemination plan

At the end of the mobility, within 30 days of returning, the staff member will prepare a report on the goals achieved by filling out an online questionnaire.

Financial Support:

Under the scope of this project, staff can obtain financial support for their training/teaching mobility.

Travel Costs

The amounts reported in the table below correspond to a return trip from the place of origin to the receiving organisation and back to the place of origin.

Travel costs based on receiving institution Amount per participant (return trip)
University of Parma 360 EUR
Vienna University of technology 360 EUR
University of Glasgow 530 EUR

 

Subsistence Costs

Subsistence costs based on receiving institution up to the 14th day (per day) between the 15th & 60th day (per day)
University of Parma 140 EUR 98 EUR
Vienna University of technology 140 EUR 98 EUR
University of Glasgow 160 EUR 112 EUR

 

Calls details:

The University of Parma Call

Mobility Duration from 5 days to max 2 months
Mobility Window Start/End March 2018 –July 2019

 

A. Academic staff fields of teaching/traineeship

Within the ROMOR Project Mobility Strand, opportunities are provided for academic staff of PSHE institutions to undertake teaching experience at the University of Parma.

The academic curricula focus will be on the conceptual challenges of:

  • enhancing research outputs visibility,
  • Open Access paradigm across all the disciplines,
  • interdisciplinary skills (quality, elearning, policies, organization, etc).

Priority should be given to mobility activities which will also lead to the production of new teaching material, enhancement of distance learning, innovation in pedagogy, and quality assurance.

 

A.1 Overall objectives of the academic mobility

The study visit will be used to consolidate and extend links between University of Parma Departments and PSHE Faculties to prepare future co-operation projects in teaching and research.

 

A.2 Content of the teaching programme

Planned activities at the University of Parma are:

  • Job shadowing
  • Information exchange Seminars
  • Courses: academic teachers are expected to teach a minimum of 8 hours.
 
A.3 Expected outcomes and impact

Learning outcomes and impact of the academic mobility include:

  • greater understanding of interconnections between formal and non-formal education, vocational training and the labour market respectively;
  • broader understanding of curation practices, policies and systems in education, training across countries;
  • increased capacity to trigger changes in terms of modernisation and international opening within the educational organisations;
  • increased support for and promotion of mobility activities for learners.

Activities supported under this Mobility Strand are also expected to produce the following outcomes on PSHE institutions:

  • increased capacity to operate at EU/international level: improved management skills and internationalisation strategies; reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries; increased allocation of financial resources (other than EU funds) to organise EU/international projects; increased quality in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow up of EU/international projects;
  • innovative and improved way of teaching by providing for example: more attractive programmes for students, in line with their needs and expectations; improved qualifications of teaching and training staff; improved processes of recognition and validation of credits and qualifications gained during learning periods abroad; etc.

 

B. Staff mobility

Mobility of Individuals and study visits opportunities are provided for staff of PSHE institutions to undertake a learning and/or professional experience at the University of Parma.

 
B.1 Objectives of the Study visit

These trainings will also intertwine with ROMOR Project workpackages 4 and 5 to ensure that practical knowledge is acquired that is needed for successful training and consulting work as part of, specifically, the training to meet stakeholders’ needs.

 
B.2 Content of the Study visit

Planned activities at the University of Parma are:

  • Job shadowing
  • Workshops (excluding conferences)
  • Practical training
  • Study visits

Staff mobility supports the professional development of PSHE institution non-teaching staff in the form of Workshop events and job shadowing/observation periods/training during the study visit at the University of Parma.

 
B.3 Expected outcomes of the staff mobility

The PSHE staff mobility activities are expected to produce the following outcomes:

  • improved competences, linked to professional profiles;
  • better quality of their work and activities in favour of students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people and volunteers;
  • greater understanding and responsiveness to social, linguistic and cultural diversity;
  • increased opportunities for professional and career development;
  • improved foreign language competences;
  • increased motivation and satisfaction in their daily work.

Activities supported under this Staff Mobility Strand are also expected to produce the following outcomes on PSHE institutions:

  • more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods of digital curation into daily activities;
  • open to synergies with organisations active in different social, educational and employment fields; planning strategically the professional development of their staff in relation to individual needs and organisational objectives.

Vienna University of Technology Call

A. Staff Training Mobility Visit

Target Staff working in higher education institution, both in teaching and non-teaching capacities (technical background required)
Level of seniority Not applicable – any level of seniority can apply
Duration of mobility 3 – 8 weeks
Academic year during that mobility can occur March – June 2018
March – June 2019
Summer 2018 (June-July) or
Summer 2019 (June-July)
Overall objectives of the mobility This staff mobility strengthens the competences in digital curation, especially in the design, implementation and maintenance of institutional data repositories. It also aims at developing common teaching materials, as well as fostering group work, collaboration among colleagues, and use of foreign languages.
Added value of the mobility (in the context of the modernisation and internationalisation strategies of the institutions involved)

While in Vienna, staff will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet peers from Austria who operate research data repositories.
  • Get involved into international community actions, such as Research Data Alliance, by taking active part in the design and implementation of machine-actionable data management plans.
  • Develop teaching materials for digital curation classes on topics including: preservation planning, data repositories, data citation, reproducibility, open access, etc.
Activities to be carried out
  • Introductory meeting and review of objectives and activities.
  • Staff will work to fulfil the objectives.
  • Presentation of results to the faculty members, discussion and feedback.
Expected outcomes and impact (e.g. on the professional development of the staff member and on both institutions)
  • Transfer of knowledge and good practice
  • Learning from shared experience
  • Acquisition of new practical skills
  • Discovery of new ideas for teaching and learning

 

B. Teaching Mobility Visit

Target Lecturers and/or PhD students with a background in Information Technology, Media and Information Studies, or Software Engineering
Level of seniority of staff (if appropriate) Junior (approx. < 10 years of experience) Intermediate (> 10 and < 20) Senior (> 20 years of experience) Not applicable – any level of seniority can apply
Duration of mobility: 3 weeks
Academic year during that mobility can occur: March – June 2018
March – June 2019
Overall objectives of the mobility: This 3-week mobility visit will allow academic staff to participate in the delivery of TUWIEN’s postgraduate teaching related to Digital Preservation.
Added value of the mobility (in the context of the modernisation and internationalisation strategies of the institutions involved):

While in Vienna, staff will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in relevant seminars and workshops.
  • Meet with other academic staff at the TU Wien to discuss longer term research, teaching and publication opportunities.
Activities to be carried out:

Remote activity:

  • Prior to the visit, staff will familiarise themselves with the chosen course (structure, content, and readings).
  • Staff member to propose a practical lab exercise to be developed and delivered as part of the course during the visit. The proposal should also include a means of assessment for the teaching activity.
  • Vienna Academic Peer to review proposal, define schedule of activities, and agree assessment mechanism.

Week 1:

  • Introductory meeting between staff and Academic Peer in Vienna to review objectives.
  • Staff member will participate in lectures, seminar and labs organised and/or delivered by their Academic Peer for the selected course.

Week 2:

  • Staff will liaise with their Academic Peer to develop content for a 1-2 hour lecture, seminar, or lab exercise.

Week 3:

  • Staff will deliver their teaching activity
  • Staff will draft a report of lessons learned on how they might repeat the activity at their home HEI (what worked, what would be amended).
Content of the teaching programme: Staff can apply to work with Dr Tomasz Miksa to contribute toward the teaching of postgraduate courses in the Digital Preservation programme including: research output management, preservation planning, data repositories, data citation, reproducibility, open access, sustainable design, longevity, virtualisation, emulation, etc.
Expected outcomes and impact (e.g. on the professional development of the teaching staff member and on the competences of students at both institutions): Participating staff will have the chance to work closely with our teaching staff to develop a teaching activity related to a theme in Digital Preservation and to gain hands-on experience in delivering the planned activity and refining the activity for future reuse in their home institutions.

The University of Glasgow Call

A. Staff Training Mobility Visit

Target Research support staff (Library, IT services, Research Office, etc.)
Level of seniority of staff (if appropriate) Junior (< 10 years of experience) Intermediate (> 10 and < 20) Senior (> 20 years) Not applicable – any level of seniority can apply
Duration of mobility 3 weeks
Academic year during that mobility can occur Summer 2018 (August/September) or Winter 2019 (February/March)
Overall objectives of the mobility

This 3-week mobility visit will allow research support staff to increase their knowledge of current and emerging good practice through participation in one of two key research output management conferences in the UK (Repository Fringe Festival and International Digital Curation Conference).

Staff will also gain practical, hands-on experience in developing an institutional specific training module(s) in Arabic for use in their own institutions.

Added value of the mobility (in the context of the modernisation and internationalisation strategies of the institutions involved):

While in Glasgow, staff will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet peers from across the UK and internationally who are dealing with similar issues
  • Meet with colleagues in the University Library and Research Support and Innovation Office to discuss practicalities in relation to developing, implementing and integrating Open Access and Research Data Management into research workflows.
  • Participate in relevant seminars and workshops.
Activities to be carried out

Week 1:

  • Introductory meeting and review of objectives and activities.
  • Staff member will participate in International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) and satellite workshops (winter);
  • Staff member will participate in Repository Fringe Festival (summer)

Week 2:

  • Staff will meet with representatives of the Fostering the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond project (FOSTER plus, European Commission project number 741839).
  • Staff will work to develop a training module(s) based on the FOSTER materials to reflect their own institutional systems and workflows. The module will be developed by selecting and adapting existing materials in the FOSTER training portal and tailoring these for local use. A draft module structure and content (in English) will be peer reviewed by FOSTER Plus colleagues.

Week 3:

  • Based on feedback, the training module(s) will be refined and produced in Arabic for use in the home institution.
  • The module will be catalogued in the FOSTER Plus portal for sharing more widely to encourage other HEIs to adapt and reuse the content.
  • Staff will define a strategy for delivering the training module(s) to academic staff and students and/or research support staff in their institution.
Expected outcomes and impact (e.g. on the professional development of the staff member and on both institutions)

Building upon the multiplier approach employed by FOSTER, participating staff will become Open Science Advocates for their institutions and be able to scope, develop and deliver training relating to Open Access and Research Data Management in their own institutions.

By producing reusable modules in Arabic, the participating staff will augment the body of reusable training content available within the FOSTER portal.

 

B. Teaching Mobility Visit

Target Lecturers and/or PhD students with a background in Information Technology, Media and Information Studies, or Information Retrieval
Level of seniority of staff (if appropriate) Junior (approx. < 10 years of experience) Intermediate (> 10 and < 20) Senior (> 20 years of experience) Not applicable – any level of seniority can apply
Duration of mobility: 3 weeks
Academic year during that mobility can occur: Summer 2018 (September-December) or Winter 2019 (January-May)
Overall objectives of the mobility: This 3-week mobility visit will allow academic staff to participate in the delivery of HATII’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching related to Information Management.
Added value of the mobility (in the context of the modernisation and internationalisation strategies of the institutions involved):

While in Glasgow, staff will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in relevant seminars and workshops.
  • Meet with other academic staff at the School of Information Studies to discuss longer term research, teaching and publication opportunities.
Activities to be carried out:

Remote activity:

  • Prior to the visit, staff will familiarise themselves with the chosen course (structure, content, and readings). Academic Peer in Glasgow (Frank Hopfgartner or Yunhyong Kim) to provide access to relevant materials.
  • Staff member to propose a lecture, seminar or practical lab exercise to be developed and delivered as part of the course during the visit.The proposal should also include a means of assessment for the teaching activity.
  • Glasgow Academic Peer to review proposal, define schedule of activities, and agree assessment mechanism.

Week 1:

  • Introductory meeting between staff and Academic Peer in Glasgow to review objectives.
  • Staff member will participate in lectures, seminar and labs organised and/or delivered by their Academic Peer for the selected course.

Week 2:

  • Staff will liaise with their Academic Peer to develop content for a 1-2 hour lecture, seminar, or lab exercise.

Week 3:

  • Staff will deliver their teaching activity
  • Staff will draft a report of lessons learned on how they might repeat the activity at their home HEI (what worked, what would be amended).
Content of the teaching programme:

Staff can apply to work with Dr Yuhnyong Kim to contribute toward the teaching of postgraduate courses in the Information Management and Preservation programme including:

  • Management, Curation, and Preservation of Digital Materials
Expected outcomes and impact (e.g. on the professional development of the teaching staff member and on the competences of students at both institutions): Participating staff will have the chance to work closely with our teaching staff to develop a teaching activity related to a theme in our Media and Information Studies and to gain hands-on experience in delivering the planned activity and refining the activity for future reuse in their home institutions.

Contact:

The ROMOR Project website is here: romor.iugaza.edu.ps

 

For inquiries please contact ROMOR representatives in local universities:

      • Islamic University of Gaza
        Dr. Rawia Awadallah
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      • Birzeit University
        Prof. Adnan Yahya
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      • Al-Quds Open University
        Dr. Yousef Abuzir
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      • Palestine Technical University- Kadoori
        Dr. Nael SALMAN
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We wish you a good luck!