The Institute inter.research e.V. is a non-profit Association, which acts as a link between different academic disciplines and between academic and non-academic organisations. It was founded in 1999 with support of the Fulda University and a regional Software Company. Members of the Associations are from the academic as well as enterprise area. The number of employees is approx. 5 full time equivalents. The institute has gained experiences in a number of interdisciplinary projects at regional and international level in the areas of Computer Mediated Education, Human Computer Interaction and University/enterprise mobility.
The Institute disposes of expertise in the area of management of mobility programmes targeted to students, graduates and entrepreneurs, virtual learning communities, multimedia e-learning modules, (electronic) project management and quality assurance. It is member of working groups at the German Institute of Standardization and ISO, developing E-Learning Quality Standards. It is responsible for the Management of the OPEN-EYE Erasmus mobility for young entrepreneurs’ projects (www.openeye.net) and runs together with the University Fulda the regional contact point for EU-traineeships (www.eu-placements.de). The Institute, furthermore, acts as a research support office for the University Fulda and runs online courses in its on-line academy (www.inter-research.eu/academy). Those online courses form part of the learning environment of international traineeships.
Thanks to instruments such as the online training the Erasmus and Leonardo mobility projects have received awards as “good practice projects” by the National Agencies BIBB and DAAD. The Institute has been running the on-line academy since 2007. The on-line academy offers training of intercultural and entrepreneurial key competences to more than 200 mobile students and graduates (participants of Erasmus Traineeship mobility) per year. The Institute has furthermore implemented an on-line coaching programme for mobile entrepreneurs (participants of the Erasmus for young entrepreneurs programme) and has run it since 2014. European research and development projects such as Uni-Key (www.uni-key.eu), M-House (www.m-house.eu) and HoB (www.hobplatform.eu) have contributed to the further development of the academy.
Activities and experience of the partner organisation in the areas relevant for this project:
The Institute will contribute its expertise and experience from leading the Thematic Commission on “Quality in Mobility” of the
Europemobility network: http://www.europemobility.eu/index.php
The Quality Toolbox and Observatory as well as the tools of the benchmarking club will be a good starting point for the
development of labels.
Furthermore the approach of its on-line academy to situate the learning in the work environment of the learner, i.e. to identify key
– at a traineeship abroad (see Uni-Key project: www.uni-key.eu and LIPS project:www.eu-lips.de)
– in household activities (see M-House project: www.m-house.eu)
and turn them into learning scenarios of training of Life-long-learning key competences (intercultural, entrepreneurial and civic
competences) will be contributed to the project. Furthermore the institute can contribute its experience in European project
management and university-enterprise cooperation.