Intensive courses Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops. Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application. PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated. (Nordplus handbook 2021, p. 34).
Development projects Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education. For cross-sector projects, networks are recommended to apply the Nordplus Horizontal programme. Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint modules, projects may focus on issues such as: – Collaboration with the labour market – Quality assurance – The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects – The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within Higher Education – The development of new teaching methods.
The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.
Funding for project activities and network meetings Nordplus grants should be seen as a contribution towards the actual cost of activities in the participating countries. From call 2021, grants for project activities and network meetings are allocated according to fixed unit costs for travel, subsistence and organisational support, if applicable. The purpose of the organisational support is to cover administrative costs which may be any type of costs of implementing, coordinating and participating in a project activity. Beneficiaries have full flexibility to move funds between budget categories within the overall grant. (Nordplus handbook 2021, p. 37)
The decision for funding 2020-2021 was positive – Thank you Nordplus! We received 17 000 EUR for mobility (teacher, student and express mobility and internships).
In addition, we got funding for an intensive course: Introduction to Egg Tempera Painting hosted by Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA). More information about the course and signing up will follow. (updated 4.5.2020).
The mobility funding can be used between 15.5.2020 – 1.10.2021. If you are interested in applying for mobility grants, visit our mobility grant pages.
Due to the corona pandemic and the current travelling restrictions in many countries, we are re-thinking EDDA Norden network mobility options during these exceptional times. We all hope that we could meet soon again in person, yet meanwhile let’s keep in touch online. And make the most of it to learn new things and new ways of collaboration.
The spread of the COVID-19 virus has naturally raised questions among
the networks that have received funding from Nordplus. For this reason,
the Nordplus National Agencies wish to convey the following message
regarding participants’ trips that are currently underway or ahead.
“Digital activities Nordplus would also like to draw the attention to the following extraordinary changes to the Nordplus regulation: – In mobility projects: “Digital mobility” will exceptionally by accepted as “regular mobility”.” As EDDA network, we should think what this mean for us, and how we could have active Nordic digital mobility for the benefit our teaching and learning.
Welcome to the international Nordic Art Education in Motion seminar at Aalto University!
Meanwhile the seminar guests are on their way to Aalto University’s A Grid building, the seminar hosts, NoVA Masters programme students and teacher from Aalto University are checking that everything is ready.
Has someone checked that the microphone headset works, Tyler asks.
People start to arrive at 9am. They grab a cup of coffee or tea and fruits whilst saying hello to their old and new friends.
Great to see you all in here! My name is Flavie Messier Saint-Jacques and I am coming from Aalto University. This is my colleague Gaia Mazzola from Konstfack in the right and we are going to be your hosts during the seminar.
Next, I want welcome our first speaker Jaana Brinck, Head of Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education from Aalto University. Jaana is going to lead you through the ideas behind the Nordic collaboration between three Nordic NoVA Masters programmes.
“Nordic collaboration requires activity from all of us.”
Then it is time to fill your coffee or tea cup and grab some snacks.
Studying in the NoVA has been multidimensional journey so far. These photos are study memories from Art, Education and Entrepreneurship intensive course held at Aalto University in the last fall, tells Gintare.
(drumming) And the next speaker is… checking QR-codes…
… but she is just on time in the stage to introduce us to creative coding through visual elements. Welcome Sanna Reponen from Mehackit!
Can anyone tell me how to do the line thicker? And how to change the background colour? Wow, how you did you do that? Questions keep popping up in the audience.
Lunch break at 12-13
What happens during the break:
“Jaeseong, could you take a group picture of the NoVA students?”
(drumming) The next speakers are Aalto University’s own Juuso Tervo and Tomi Slotte Dufva!
(drumming) Next Aalto University representatives are Eva Durall and Mira Kallio-Tavin!
Seems that we have a new comment, exclaims Flavie.
In the end we had some time for the group work The last exercise was curated by NoVA students Tyler Liu and Joanna Wong from Aalto University and Gaia Mazzola from Konstfack. The teams were asked to discuss about the key elements of future Nordic and Baltic collaboration and list them in the posters.
Applauses for all who came and made the Nordic Art Education in Motions seminar possible.
Oh, I forgot to introduce what this seminar is about. The Nordic Art Education and Motion seminar in the nutshell:
One day long public seminar at Aalto University
Organized by Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland, Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education Masters Programme and EDDA Norden Art Education Network
The seminar discussed about international perspectives in art education and highlighted Nordplus theme: Digital competences and computational thinking: preparing children, young people and adults for a digitalized society
Participants from all around the world
The seminar day gave insights that led us to re-think ourselves as critical art educators who are able to question and utilize digital competences in their work.