ERUM IO2 Guidelines Dissemination

We are happy to announce that our guidelines for evidence-based communication targeting early stage researchers and journalists that were presented during last week’s conference, are available through our website in the “resource” section: https://projects.uni-foundation.eu/erum/

Webinar series starting June 2nd, 3 pm CET

As strange as it may sound, research tells us that some humans and chatbots (and robots) are starting to grow fond of each-other and develop relationships. Is this a next step in human evolution?  That might be too early to tell, but chatbots has indeed entered the world of our students, and we are exploring the best practice use of them for student engagement and teaching & learning. As a warm up to the conference, we are hosting a webinar series with some super interesting speakers. Marita Skjuve, PhD Fellow of SINTEF (Norway) will start off with “From start to finish; Chatbots supporting students through their student journey”. Click here for more information and registration The Edubots project was initiated by 6 partners from Norway, Sweden, UK, Croatia, Cyprus and Spain. EdMedia CYENS is a partner in the project.

Edubots Conference June 22nd

Together with leading educational scientists, chatbot researchers and practitioners, we are gathering the European HE community on June 22 to explore the future role of chatbots in Education. Among the speakers is:  – Prof. Rupert Wegerif, from Cambridge Education– Dr. Wayne Holmes, Unesco Consultant for AI in Education.– Asbjørn Følstad, Senior Researcher at SINTEF (focus on Human-Computer interaction) Click here for the full program and registration The Edubots project was initiated by 6 partners from Norway, Sweden, UK, Croatia,Cyprus and Spain. EdMedia CYENS is a partner in the project.

Edubots Erasmus+ project, working on the CMOOC community

The Edubots Erasmus+ project, in which EdMedia CYENS is a partner, has now worked on the CMOOC community. Join at https://join.edubots.eu/ The community consists of HE professionals with a curious mind, and an interest to improve teaching & learning with the help of learning technology and new innovative methodologies. It is a multicultural community with members from all over Europe, it’s open to everyone – and it’s free to join. No prior experience, or knowledge, of chatbots needed.

ERUM: The fourth transnational virtual project meeting

On May 26th, the ERUM consortium met for the fourth transnational project meeting   Due to the current public health crisis, the meeting was held virtually, on Zoom. It was chaired by Judith, Alessandra and Johanna from the University of Vienna. During this productive day, the project partners discussed already achieved milestones and about next important steps of the project. Internal management and dissemination strategies were addressed and the consortium briefly discussed the feedback on the second Multiplier Event that was implemented online on the 20th of May. Moving forward, the consortium discussed the progress and technical implementation of IO3 (Learning Material for Higher Education Students), which is led by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and will be finalised by May 2022. IO3 aims to produce learning material for higher education students to deepen their knowledge about mis/disinformation, equip them with critical thinking skills to improve their resilience to “fake Read more…

Needs, challenges and experiences of women in STEM

We are happy to announce our event under the title ‘Needs, challenges and experiences of women in STEM: Best practices from Higher Education and the Industry’. The event aims to uncover the needs and challenges of women in the field of STEM in Higher Education and the Industry.  The event will be held on May 31st, 2021 ONLINE. Join us! We are inviting Higher Education academics, students, professionals, experts and stakeholders at national or EU levels relevant for female empowerment in the fields of STEM in Higher Education and the industry to join our event!  Participation at the event is free of charge We count on your participation! Come and meet other stakeholders active in the field throughout Europe, and keep informed on further activities of the FeSTEM project.  Register and join the event via zoom here You may find the program of the event here. In the meantime, stay tuned for regular Read more…

Εκδήλωση ενδιαφέροντος για συμμετοχή στο επιμορφωτικό πρόγραμμα ASSESSMAKE21

Αφορά εκπαιδευτικούς ή makerspace tutors που διδάσκουν σε παιδιά ηλικίας 12-18 χρονών σε δημόσια και ιδιωτικά  σχολεία ή σε makerspaces.  is the OPEN Call is the informative leaflet Το ευρωπαϊκό έργο ASSESSMAKE21 (https://www.assessmake21.eu) που χρηματοδοτείται από την Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή στο πλαίσιο του ERASMUS+, προσκαλεί υποβολή δηλώσεων ενδιαφέροντος για συμμετοχή σε επιμορφωτικό πρόγραμμα με θέμα τη χρήση καινοτόμου εργαλείου αυτο-αξιολόγησης δεξιοτήτων του 21ου αιώνα κατά την ενασχόληση του μαθητή σε Μaker projects/ δραστηριότητες εντός makerspaces ή  σχολικών μονάδων.  Συμμετέχοντες Η συμμετοχή στο πρόγραμμα προϋποθέτει ειδικότητα (μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές) ή ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον ή εμπειρία σε Maker education. Η συμμετοχή στο πρόγραμμα προϋποθέτει επίσης  βασικές γνώσεις χρήσης τεχνολογιών “Maker”, όπως για παράδειγμα ρομποτική και μικροεπεξεργαστές (robotics and microcontrollers)  ή εργαλεία ψηφιακής κατασκευής όπως εκτυπωτές 3D, κόπτες λέιζερ (digital fabrication such as 3D printers, laser cutters) κτλ.  Στόχοι και Διάρκεια προγράμματοςΣτόχος του ευρωπαϊκού έργου ASSESSMAKE21 είναι η επιμόρφωση των εκπαιδευτικών στη χρήση καινοτόμου εργαλείου αυτο-αξιολόγησης Read more…

INVITATION: CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH UNDERSTANDING THROUGH MEDIA

Online conference – 20 May 2021, 10:00-16:30 (CET) The mis- and disinformation spread in the Media has gained momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic. This raises the broader question of the role of media professionals and researchers in the spread of science and communication. Public understanding of scientific key issues is often limited and misinformation or even deliberate disinformation proliferate. The challenge of communicating scientific information to the public should be taken up by the scientific and media communities more strenuously. But, what are the current challenges faced by academia and media to achieve a working relationship? The Erasmus+ funded project ERUM intends to bring a solution to this by improving the educational offer on quality of information in the field of higher education. It aims at developing students’ transversal competences in terms of media literacy, evidence-based communication and resilience to mis- and disinformation. Media experts and journalists are involved since Read more…

Online conference on research understanding through media

The mis- and disinformation spread in the Media has gained momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic. This raises the broader question of the role of media professionals and researchers in the spread of science and communication. Public understanding of scientific key issues is often limited and misinformation or even deliberate disinformation proliferate. The challenge of communicating scientific information to the public should be taken up by the scientific and media communities more strenuously. But, what are the current challenges faced by academia and media to achieve a working relationship? The Erasmus+ funded project ERUM intends to bring a solution to this by improving the educational offer on quality of information in the field of higher education. It aims at developing students’ transversal competences in terms of media literacy, evidence-based communication and resilience to mis- and disinformation. Media experts and journalists are involved since the project also intends to strengthen their capacity Read more…

Design of the ASSESSMAKE21 tool is underway!

Design of the ASSESSMAKE21 tool is underway!Happy to inform you that our first important task, the design of the ASSESSMAKE21 tool, is well underway! The last four months CIL (leader of O1) with contributions from the project partners mapped out and formulated the journey that the students will traverse with the ASSESSMAKE21 tool to learn, develop and reflect upon 21st century skills during their activities in the makerspaces.   The design was based on – 1) literature review on frameworks for 21st-century skills, 2) feedback that was elicited from project partners, educators/teachers and facilitators of makerspaces from 4 countries (Cyprus, Ireland, Greece and Sweden) through several design thinking workshops, and, 3) a series of in-depth interviews with researchers, teachers and practitioners in the aforementioned countries.   The ASSESSMAKE21 tool focuses on the 21st century skills that were brought most frequently forward during the data collection stage, namely: Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Read more…

CIL Participation in ASSESSMAKE 21 Project

CIL proudly participates in the Erasmus+ ASSESSMAKE21 project aiming to raise awareness of the development of 21st-century skills in makerspace contexts through the use of a digital self-assessment tool. As part of the project, CIL has documented the 21st-century skills most frequently found and developed in makerspace contexts. The decision was driven by data collected via a) three design thinking workshops with project partners, educators and makerspace facilitators (Ireland, Greece, Sweden and Cyprus)b) a series of in-depth interviews with the researchers and practitioners in the partner countries c) a thorough literature review of the most well-known frameworks for 21st-century skills. These data guided us to the five most found/ developed 21st-century skills in makerspace contexts: Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Problem-Solving and Life/Social skills. Dimensions and indicators for observed outcomes have been identified for each skill. Read more about the project here  

FeSTEM project explained in less than 3 minutes

Project Ref.: 2019-1-CY01-KA203-058407Female Empowerment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Higher Education (FeSTEM) Learn about the FeSTEM project and how you can participate by watching this video in less than 3 minutes! If you are a university-level educator/instructor or student, feel free to contact us via our contact form or Facebook page.  

ASSEESSMAKE 21 Event

ASSESSMAKE 21 Inaugural Multiplier Event for Educators and Makers Dublin Maker, partner on our Assessmake21 project, is excited to announce that we are hosting a new event as a partner of a new Erasmus+ project called ASSESSMAKE21. This inaugural Multiplier event is for Educators, Makers, Makerspace facilitators and anyone involved in Maker activities. Details: https://assessmake21-ireland-multiplier.eventbrite.ie   The event aims at encouraging participants to explore the creative possibilities of a makerspace located in schools and/or non-formal educational places.   Key topics will be introduced by the ASSESSMAKE21 consortium. It will be a great honour to explore the magic world of makerspaces with the support of our 2 invited speakers: Stuart Lawn (Fab Lab Maker Hub) and Chris Reina (MakerMeetIE).     AGENDA – 12:00 – 12:10: Welcome by Vicky Twomey-Lee (Dublin Maker)– 12:10 – 12:30: ASSESSMAKE 21 Project by Deirdre Green (Learnovate) & Rene Alimisi (Edumotiva)– 12:30 – 12:45: “Fab Labs and Read more…

Application Call for Gender Balance in Informatics

CA19122 European Network for Gender Balance in Informatics.1st Application Call for STSM Applications for Missions occurring until 1st May 2021 The main aim of CA19122 Action is to improve gender balance in Informatics at all levels, from undergraduate and graduate studies to participation and leadership in academia and industry, through the creation of a European network of colleagues working on the forefront of the efforts for gender balance in Informatics in their countries and research communities. Short-term scientific missions (STSM) are exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST Member state. In general, these scientific missions may last up to six months in another COST Member/Cooperating Member or Near-Neighbor Country joining the Action. Their aim is to foster collaboration in excellent research infrastructures and share new techniques that may not be available in a participant’s home institution or laboratory. DEADLINE Read more…

CIL Newsletter 2020

We are grateful to put together our newsletter once again (2020 CIL Newsletter), which despite the difficulties due to the pandemic, it does not look any less rich than our previous newsletters. Rather, it demonstrates the hard work and the many achievements of the group! This year is signalled by two PhD graduations (Vaso Constantinou and Aekaterini Mavri), several publications, several new projects (some in collaboration with CYENS CoE) and our relocation to a new building at the Centre of the City of Limassol, closer to our Department, UG students and colleagues. At CIL, we are proud to engage in research that helps unpack the potential of emerging technologies to positively influence our society. During the pandemic, CIL research becomes even more relevant as we continue to research innovative learning environment for learners of all ages (K-20) in the “shifting to digital” era. We keep our positive energy and welcome 2021, looking forward to new opportunities and Read more…

New success for the Cyprus Interaction Lab and the Social Computing Research Center (SCRC) of CUT

The Cyprus Interaction Lab (https://www.cyprusinteractionlab.com/) of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, through the Social Computing Research Center (SCRC) (http://www.socialcomputing.eu) of the Cyprus University of Technology secured funding under the Erasmus+ program (Sector of School Education) with the project ASSESSMAKE21. The Cyprus Interaction Lab, led by Associate Professor Andri Ioannou, participates as a partner in the two-year project, which is coordinated by the Learnovate Center, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. The partners are: Learnovate Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (Co-ordinator), Edumotiva, Sparta, Greece (Dissemination lead)Cyprus Interaction Lab, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, CyprusKarlstad University, Karlstad, SwedenDublin Maker, Dublin City University, Ireland(Associate Partner) American College of Greece, Athens, Greece  The main goal of the ASSESSMAKE project is the evaluations of the 21st-century skills, especially in open learning environments where students create and propose solutions to problems while interacting with their peers and acting across the physical and digital worlds. Thus, the aim Read more…

Antigoni Parmaxi

Postdoctoral researcher and Special Teaching Staff

Research Interests: Computer assisted language learning, participatory design methodology in language learning, intercultural education, curriculum development and lifelong learning.