The Erasmus Without Paper project will officially end in October 2017, but the work will of course need to continue in 2018 and beyond.
A new consortium, consisting largely of the same partner organisations as the current project, has now applied for funding for a follow-up project from the European Commission. Things to be included in the follow-up project include the following:
- EWP Competence Centre. Many HEIs will need support with implementing the new changes and the Competence Centre will provide this support. It will include a help desk, technical + user documentation, a training toolkit, FAQs, etc.
- EWP Hub. There will be a single entry point for HEIs who are already involved in other tools, such as inter-institutional agreement managers, Online Learning Agreements, EGRACONS grade conversion and the European Student Cards. The EWP Hub will also have a community-driven open source repository of solutions which will encourage HEIs to share codes and solutions with each other.
- Outreach and dissemination campaign. In order to get as many HEIs as possible on board, the consortium will launch a massive outreach campaign in order to spread awareness of the possibilities offered by EWP.
The vision is to have more than 700 HEIs connected to the EWP Network/Hub by 2019 and many others getting ready to do so.
If the application is approved, the project leader will be the European University Foundation (EUF). Unlike the current project, CNOUS, University of Malaga and QS Unisolution (MoveOn) will also be part of the consortium. At the recent Stakeholders meeting in Porto, Joao Bacelar from EUF presented the outlines of the new project and you can find the presentation of the project here (see also all other presentations here).