In recent years, we have seen how digital learning agreements can drastically reduce the administrative burden and make it easier for students to enjoy a quality mobility experience. In the past, the complexity of red tape has led to learning agreements not always being concluded before departure, as well as problems with ECTS recognition after students return to their home countries. This section can only be completed if your original OLA (Before Mobility) is fully signed by you, your home university and UiB. The first draft of the e-learning agreement took place in 2015-2017, a second lasted until 2019 and a third project is ongoing. For more information, see www.learning-agreement.eu/start/. It turned out that digital learning agreements significantly reduce the administrative burden and make it much easier for students and IROs to verify, conclude and approve the document online. The aim of the project is to enable students to prepare their learning agreements in an online system that will then allow them to get in touch with the coordinators of sending and receiving higher education institutions in order to finalise, approve and sign the document online. This process therefore transfers a paper-based workflow, which depends on the delivery of mail for timely signature purposes, to an online system that allows students to save a lot of time in preparing for their studies abroad and achieve a higher degree of flexibility and efficiency in reviewing the learning agreement. The online software will also enable higher education institutions to integrate learning agreement management procedures to make the approval and management process more efficient, giving staff time to work on other international relationships or improve the quality of credit mobility. Learning agreements for studies developed for this semester as well as learning agreements for internships are now available through the former OLA platform. The Learning Agreement is a key document for Erasmus+ mobility.
From the Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027, e-learning agreements are becoming the norm. Learning contracts specific to higher education are signed at the faculty`s information centre after the student`s arrival in Bergen. In 2015, ESN joined the initiative launched by the European University Foundation (EUF), called the Online Learning Agreement, which would develop a tool for students and universities to create and sign an e-learning agreement. In May 2017, OLA was created as a proof of concept for universities to try and support. EUF followed with another project, OLA+, which worked on adding new features to the platform, such as. B apprenticeship agreements for traineeships and the measurement of user satisfaction. As part of the organisation of credit mobility, students and members of higher education must conclude trilateral learning agreements which are the basis for the recognition of academic qualifications acquired abroad. As the PRIME survey of the Erasmus Student Network in 2010-2011 showed, apprenticeship agreements are both a cornerstone and a major obstacle to the proper organisation of credit mobility. Indeed, the interlocutors are not clearly defined, the information necessary for the implementation of the agreements is rarely available online and the possibility for students to modify their learning agreement after their arrival in the host institutions is 75%. In the same survey, some LLP national agencies proposed to create an online tool for the preparation, approval and review of learning agreements in an online environment, and this is what this project intends to do. .