What is a Blended Mobility Project (BMP) all about?
A Blended Mobility Project (BMP) is all about teamwork and international collaboration with students of different disciplines. This experience will improve your technical and social skills and give a boost towards your employability.
How much time will I have to spend for the BMP?
The number of hours you will work on the BMP will depend on your ECTS. Regardless of your ECTS, you should be involved during the whole project. If there are other important dates (e.g. exams, holidays,...) during the project time, you must inform your teacher and your team as early as possible.
Which kind of evaluation is implemented in the BMP?
There can be different types of evaluation in the BMP. Usually you will create some kind of prototype, which will be the result of your teamwork. In addition to this you will have to present your work to the teacher board and possibly also to the industry partner. Furthermore you might need to write a report about the project. The concrete evaluation process depends on the project scope and will be set up and communicated by the organizing committee.
What is a Blended Mobility Project exactly?
BlendEd Mobility Project is an international student project where collaboration is mainly performed on a remote basis. With the blended mobility concept you will mainly work from your home institution, except for the kick-off meeting and the final presentation. During the kick-off meeting students meet for the first time and the project gets launched. At the end of the project, students meet again to finalize their project and present their results to the organizing committee. Usually the team consists of students from different disciplines so that the team can benefit from each other’s skills and knowledge (e.g. design, development, marketing, business,...).
What kind of project can I expect?
The goal is to have a project carried out by a multidisciplinary team of students (designers, developers, business students, ...) The project is aimed towards a professional client. During the kick-off meeting a concrete project proposal will be launched, preferably by that professional client.
Credits / course
When does the BMP start? When does it end?
The BMP typically takes a semester (about 4 months). However the starting time and ending time can differ from your normal study programme, because the different participating institutions have to follow a common schedule.
Depending on your ECTS, you will work full time or part time on the project. Regardless of your ECTS, you should be involved during the whole project time.
How will this project be assessed?
The BMP organizing committee defines, for every individual BMP, the criteria and formula for assessment. The following factors will make up the final grade: team work, peer-to-peer assessment, individual contribution in process and product, documentation, report, (interim and final) presentations...
Do I get an exemption for another course?
It is possible that the BMP replaces one or more courses or modules in your normal study programme. In that case you will get the ECTS credits for the courses or modules that are replaced. You have to discuss this with the responsible teacher within your institution.
How do I get ECTS credits for this project?
Since every institution has its own rules, you must get in contact with the responsible teacher in your own institution. They can inform you about the right protocol for your institution.
How many ECTS credits do I get?
This can vary from rather low (minimum 6) to high (e.g. 20) ECTS. Rationale: less than 6 credits makes it difficult to collaborate for a semester. Talk to your own teacher to know how many ECTS credits you get.
Will this be part of my normal study programme?
There are three options. Option 1: the BMP replaces one or more courses or modules in your normal study programme, in which case you will get the ECTS credits for the courses that are being replaced. Option 2: The BMP comes on top of your normal study programme, in which case your institution decides if you get extra ECTS credits for the BMP or not. Option 3: There might be specific rules at your institution that differ from options 1 and 2. Get in contact with the responsible teacher who will explain to you how this project can be integrated into your study programme.
Travelling and cultural experience?
Depending on the location where the kick-off and final meetings take place, you will go abroad one or two times. Both meetings take about one week. You should be able to attend both meetings! Get in touch with your teacher if you are eager to know the dates and destinations for the next edition of B-AIM course.
Will the project meet my expectations?
BMP aims to combine and enhance student skills towards a common realization. Apart from the obvious engineering skills, teamwork and communication capacities will be extensively addressed. Success will highly depend on the degree of interaction between the participants! As you will be working in an international setting all the way, we expect your overall international interest to expand and influence the choices you make in the future.
How can I work better in a team?
During the kickoff meeting, take the time to get to know your team members. By making use of collaborative tools you will learn how to make team communication work.
How will I expand my social skills?
In addition to the 2 physical meetings, you will be working together in a ‘virtual’ way for about 3 months.. The international setting offers lots of opportunities to expand your social skills.
Can I get an Erasmus fund for this?
There is no Erasmus funding for this type of mobility. Erasmus regulations state that you have to stay abroad for at least 3 months. Within the BMP scope you will only be abroad for one or two weeks, depending on the location of the BMP-meetings.
What do I have to do to get the money back?
If you can get a reimbursement for your expenditures, you should remember to ask for receipts. Your institution needs these receipts as an official document and proof of your expenditures. Probably you will also have to fill out some forms in order to get reimbursed. Your teacher will provide you the necessary information about this process.
Do I have to pay travelling and accommodation myself?
Usually you don't have to pay for the travelling costs and the accommodation. Depending on the arrangements in the BMP, you might need to pay for your food and drinks on your own. There might be some official events, where you can get a reimbursement for your expenses. You should talk to your teacher about this so that you exactly know what the arrangement is.
How much will this cost?
If your institution is not organizing the meetings, you have 2 times a cost for travelling and 2 times a week for the accommodation. Next to this there's the cost for meals and personal expenses. Check within your institution which costs are refunded and to what level. However, if one of the meetings is organized at your institution, you will not spend travelling nor accommodation for that meeting.
How do I do a good pitch video to show/sell/promote myself in 60 seconds?
Same rules as above apply! Make sure the audio has good quality so everything you say can be understood. Keep it simple and be your best self. Use a tripod to avoid shaky video.
How do I write a good motivation letter?
Always write with the people who will read your letter in mind. What do they want to know about you? Why would they choose you? Introduce your name, age, study programme and year in one short sentence. It’s important to make sure they see you as someone with good social skills: pro-active, good team spirit, positive collaborative mindset, …
How long do I have to be abroad?
There are two physical meetings in the BMP: one for the kick-off of the project and one at the end for the final presentation. Each time you will have five full working days to meet your team and work on your project. You should consider the time you need to travel to the meetings as well. Most probably you will travel on Sunday and return on Saturday.
Do I need a visa?
Within Europe there is no need for a visa, but if it concerns an international cooperation with non-European institutions, it may be necessary to get a visa. Your teacher will provide you this information beforehand so that you have enough time to arrange your visa.
Do I have some free time during my time abroad?
This depends on the meeting schedule and the project status. Usually there are time slots where you as a team can decide whether you want to keep working or do something else. Also check with your local institution whether it's okay to stay during the weekend before or after the project meeting. That gives you some extra time to visit the area. Of course you'll have to pay yourself for these extra days, regardless whether your institution refunds your travel or not.
Who arranges the travelling?
The organizing committee fixes the dates and the places for the kick-off meeting and the final presentation. The responsible teacher at your institution will provide you with the details. It depends on your institution if you have to book the travel and accommodation yourself or if your teacher will do it. Nevertheless, your teacher will assist you and can answer important questions about travel and accommodation.
What if I get ill for a longer period?
Make sure your team members know in time that you won't be able to contribute to the project for a while. The teacher board should be contacted in order to take appropriate actions.
What if I missed the train / plane?
The teacher board should be contacted in order to take appropriate actions.
What if I disagree with a decision?
Communication is a very important aspect when working in a team. The team will have regular meetings where topics are discussed and decisions are made. Students within the team will be given certain responsibilities. However, should the team not be able to solve the problem itself, the teacher board should be contacted in order to take appropriate actions.
What if a team member is not contributing (enough)?
The student team should communicate and take responsibility in getting/keeping everybody involved. In case of a blocking situation, e.g. when a student is not contributing at all or neglecting all decisions taken, the teacher board can decide to exclude a non-contributing student from the project.
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The project is running. Is everything okay?
You did it! Now what?
Short term physical mobility combined to virtual mobility which could be supported by partnership(s), cross-border or not, sharing common objectives and performing a joint work plan. With partnership here we mean a consortium of at least one university and one non academic partner.
BMP in this context stands for BlendEd Mobility Project (no, not Beats Per Minute :-)). A BlendEd Mobility Project is an international student project where collaboration is mainly performed on a remote basis. With the blended mobility concept you will mainly work from your home institution, except for the kick-off meeting and the final presentation. During the kick-off meeting students meet for the first time and the project gets launched. At the end of the project, students meet again to finalize their project and present their results towards the organizing committee. Usually the team consists of multiple disciplines so that the team can benefit from each others' skills (e.g. design, development, marketing, business,...).
By employability, we mean the chances a person has to find employment. Employability is given by a set of profile components, a combination of knowledge, skills, communication, critical and reflective abilities, that a person acquires through learning and personal experiences.
Expectations / goals
Before you start with the BMP, you should be clear about your expectations for this project. What do you want to achieve? You should discuss possible goals with your teacher for the project. These can be personal goals (e.g. learn some Portuguese words) or technical goals (e.g. improve your skills in designing a website).
At a maximum there are costs for two meetings, which take place at the beginning and at the end of the project. Costs for these meetings may include travel, accommodation, visa and food. Check with your teacher and your institution, which costs are refunded and to what extent.
Every higher education institution has something like an "International Office", which is a central information point for international student exchanges.
A team of students working together whilst connecting and integrating their different academic backgrounds (e.g. designers, developers and business students) They work together, each from their specific perspective in the pursuit of a common goal/project.
The organizing committee of a BMP is responsible for the implementation of the BMP. They select the participating students, define the project scope, try to find industry partners and assess the work of the BMP team.
Depending on the BMP, there might be external companies as partners. These companies might provide the topic for the project or give additional assistance to the team. This is your opportunity to present your professionalism.
Part of the assessment is peer evaluation. In this evaluation, every student has to rate the performance and the achievements of the other students. This evaluation will be an important part in the overall evaluation of the student's work. Peer evaluation can be asked for in different stages of the project (e.g. at the start, intermediate and final).
In general terms, project work is usually a practical application of acquired knowledge to a given problem/question in a specific field, as part of a learning path. You need the problem, the methodology, the results, and the conclusions. The problem/questions are proposed and agreed between the student(s), the university and the company. The project can be implemented individually or in a team. The activities during project work are guided by both the academic and the company tutors.
The board of professors, assistant professors and other employees, who form the organizing committee of the BMP.
Open distance students' activities (cross-border or not) developing a specific project/task in collaboration with the host institution through the use of ICT-supported environments (i.e. video conferencing, live streaming, collaborative work spaces, ...)