The second coordination meeting of the ON-IT consortium took place on 18 November 2021 with the intention to set the basis for the project’s second output: the ON-IT Guidelines.
The meeting opened with a summary of the activities implemented during the first phase of the project presented by Cristina Stefanelli from UNIMED. These included the collection of 145 online internship experiences and 27 in-depth case analyses; the creation of an online map with the stories gathered; and the publication of the ON-IT report on Experiences of Virtual Internship in Europe, officially launched at the successful ON-IT webinar ONLINE INTERNSHIP IN EUROPE: How can virtual internships ensure meaningful work-based learning experiences? held on 15 October 2021.
Gigliola Paviotti from the University of Macerata provided updated information about the ON-IT Guidelines, the first draft of which is currently under development, following a thorough literature review and desk research.
Further discussion at the meeting included planning of internal and external Evaluation and Quality activities, presented by Francesca Allievi from JAMK, as well as reporting on past and future project dissemination actions, explained by Fabrizia Toccoli from IGCAT.
The ON-IT partners applauded the achievements of the consortium so far and reiterated their commitment to contribute to the development of quality online work-based learning.
The next ON-IT coordination meeting will be organised as an in-person event in Macerata (Italy) in the spring of 2022.
About the ON-IT project
The ON-IT – Online Internship in Tourism project aims to develop a guidance framework and practical tools to design and implement quality online tourism internships in higher education. By actively engaging all actors involved in the internship experience, the ON-IT project focuses on equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to face the challenges of digital transformation in the labour market.
The ON-IT project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, and implemented by a consortium led by the University of Macerata (Italy) and including: University of La Laguna (Spain); JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland); Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management of the University of Rijeka (Croatia); Montpellier Business School (France); Mediterranean Universities Union – UNIMED (Italy); and IGCAT (Spain).