At the Prague Higher Education Summit in 2001 ministers called upon the higher education sector "...to step up the development of modules, courses and curricula 'offered in partnership by institutions from different countries...'".(EUA 2002).
While the focus here was on joint degrees, a broader range of networked curricula in (transnational) partnerships can lead to better teaching and learning. These curricula include shared bachelor or master spaces of institutions seeking collaboration in order to e.g.
By intensively networking, curricula of different institutions can share students and staff and can pool resources like courseware and learning environments. It is clear that approaches of open and flexible learning and the use of ICT can drastically enhance these spaces.
Networked curricula take into account that all students should benefit from international collaboration during their academic education, including non-mobile students and lifelong learners. They need schemes that are flexible in time and space with a strong component of "internationalization at home" and virtual mobility paths. NetCU is focusing on transnational networked curricula in ODE and blended learning including structural mobility which can be physical or virtual. The curricula can be entirely open and flexible/distance learning or blended learning approaches.
While many activities are already running in the field, these are disconnected are missing an overall approach. This is the gap that will be filled by the NetCU project. It will provide an overall analysis of transnational networked curricula in ODE and blended learning, including their structural, strategic, and technological dimension. From this models and comprehensive guidelines will be derived, facilitating the set up of international networked programmes in ODE and blended.