In recent years, we have seen how digital learning agreements can significantly reduce the administrative burden and provide students with a quality mobility experience. In the past, the complexity of red tape has resulted in learning agreements not always being concluded before departure, as well as problems with ECTS recognition after students return home. The apprenticeship agreement is a key document for Erasmus mobility. From the Erasmus programme 2021-2027, e-learning agreements become the norm. In 2015, ESN joined the European Foundation for Higher Education (EUF) initiative, the Online Learning Agreement, which would develop a tool for students and universities that could be used online for the creation and signing of a learning agreement. In May 2017, the OLA was created to demonstrate the concept of experimentation and adoption of higher education institutions. The EUF has launched another project, OLA, which has added new features to the platform, such as apprenticeship agreements for internships and measuring user satisfaction. The apprenticeship agreement should include all the learning gains that the student must obtain during the exchange. In a study conducted in late 2019-early 2020, more than 90% of students said they would recommend OLA to their peers. In addition, 93% of IRO believe that all apprenticeship agreements should be concluded online through a user-friendly tool. Apprenticeship agreements established for this semester as well as apprenticeship agreements for internships are now available via the old OLA platform. We plan to introduce other features to easily fill in the latest data from issuers and receiving institutions, and we are constantly working to improve the OLA to provide you with a user-friendly online tool to make the process even smoother. You can access the OLA platform with your academic registration information or eduGAIN.
If you don`t have an eduGAIN account, ask your coordinator if your university is already part of the eduGAIN community (most likely) and how you can get your registration information. Until spring 2021 or during the transition period, you can also use your Gmail account for authentication. For the mobility of students for studies, the apprenticeship agreement should define the group of educational components that will be replaced at the end of their studies abroad. See the guidelines below. A stronger, safer, more transparent and more flexible OLA will ensure that the same will happen in the years to come. For more information on the changes made by the new OLA, check out the release notes.