The Digital at Home project deals with internationalization of higher education in the Baltic Sea region. It will develop and apply a method for internationalization and virtualization on the thematic areas of climate change and Baltic Sea regional studies.
Physical mobility is traditionally perceived as a prerequisite for internationalization. This project, however, argues that physical mobility is not equal to internationalization. It suggests it is more relevant to focus on the universities’ ability to address global changes. Students and universities must be able to communicate with people from other cultures. They must also be aware of other traditions, tolerance and the global context within their field of work. In view of this, the Digital at Home project suggests that digitalization of classrooms and virtual mobility can have a huge impact on the internationalization of higher education. Not the least for students who are not able to travel abroad. The goal of the project is to develop guidelines and a model for international interaction and communication. The model will include an analysis of existing internationalization approaches, algorithms for student and staff exchange, and a “good to know good to have” list for international academic activity. Moreover, the project will execute a joint pilot course where online teaching and face-to-face teaching will be combined. The project activities will mainly take place online.