SmL: Sharing my Learning (Platform-Network-Toolkit)

The COVID pandemic has triggered drastic changes in the delivery of education and knowledge transfer at global scale. Two dramatic changes have been observed so far. Firstly, the education sector was transformed with the deployment of e-learning and blended learning approaches. Secondly, businesses shifted their work practices using remote work practices. Both phenomena have been widely observed and research in the literature for decades, while there are numerous case studies discussing how universities and organisations use technology to overcome barriers associated with the lack of face-to-face interaction. Therefore, once the pandemic arrived, there were several perspectives arguing that both Universities and Organisations should demonstrate a relatively high level of readiness for a seamless transition towards full deployment of e-learning and e-work. After more than six months of the new ways of studying and working, it is observed that there are significant problems with regards to the effectiveness of the adopted practices. The primary source of these problems is that the study and work cannot be supported by a blended mode, where some (even minimal) face to face contact is possible. In blended learning and working modes, the face-to-face contact serves as a support mechanism for (i) enhanced communication, (ii) effective collaboration and (iii) efficient coordination. social integration.

The project will be delivered as a Platform-Network-Toolkit (PNT) combination. With regards to Platform, the University of Siegen will adapt its current outputs to provide a supporting medium for the provision of the training. Middlesex University will assist the match-making process with its MUSKET tools that use the XCRI-CAP information model to align course data, as used in the PAWER CBHE project. Middlesex University will also contribute in terms of the creation of the Toolkit using the SCATE e-learning platform as developed for the FORC CBHE project. Each learning unit will be in the form (i) content, (ii) presentation and (iii) video, following a consistent format. The learning units will be in the form of microlearning outputs. Neapolis University will support the creation of the learning content in collaboration with Oracle TES. Finally, a network of learning will be established involving all individuals producing or requesting learning units. Harokopio University will provide the necessary data analytics for the use of this network, supported by Middlesex University for the creation of the necessary learning analytics visualization dashboards.

Remote Student Monitoring Framework for Securing Exams

The COVID-19 crisis shed light on the key enabling factors for effective digital education and training: connectivity and suitable digital equipment for learners and educators; teachers and trainers that are confident and skilled in using digital technology to support their teaching and adapted pedagogy. In highly difficult circumstances it has accelerated the digital transformation and triggered rapid, large-scale change. The proposing Remote Student Monitoring Framework project (RSMF) advances the latest approach by applying modern technologies to resolve the challenges of observing students taking their exams remotely. Therefore, it satisfies the singular goal of maximizing the security of taking the students’ exams remotely. The RSMF concerns varied educational institutions (colleges, universities, schools) that want to address the challenges that arise from monitor their students during the COVID-19 constraint exams.YOUTHShare project aims at reducing youth unemployment in coastal and island regions of Mediterranean EEA by advancing young NEETs skills in trans-locally resilient economic sectors such as the agri-food production and related circular economies. By means of an integrated multi-scalar methodology and practice it will boost the potential of social entrepreneurship and sharing economy in order to reduce economic disparities and increase social integration.

HEIs must have access to practical guidelines, best practices and secured tools on how to implement and monitor online remote exams and the sort of quality assurance procedures HEIs could follow to show that they are in control of the process of online remote examination using online proctoring.

The main contribution of the project will be the provision of the Framework, rulebooks, documents and Software tools for HEIs to be able to orientate them on remote exams, get proper conditions in place, start pilots and decide on possibilities and conditions for upscaling. The main objective of the project is to provide a well-tested, secured, quality assurance path for students to giving exams remotely. Therefore, any educational institutions that provide a distance-learning course can benefit from the streamlining and cost-effective solution.

The challenges of organizing exams safely in the COVID-19 era is universal across every nation and every educational institution affected by the COVID-19 disease. The project is highly innovative as it brings together organisations who are advanced either in the use of innovative assessment methods, in developing quality guidelines and tools in educational system; research bodies who can provide the evidence with a EU perspective and European networks which can ensure policy impact and broad dissemination and exploitation of results.

YOUTHShare – A Place for Youth in Mediterranean EEA

YOUTHShare project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

YOUTHShare project aims at reducing youth unemployment in coastal and island regions of Mediterranean EEA by advancing young NEETs skills in trans-locally resilient economic sectors such as the agri-food production and related circular economies. By means of an integrated multi-scalar methodology and practice it will boost the potential of social entrepreneurship and sharing economy in order to reduce economic disparities and increase social integration.

YOUTHShare identifies three scales of intervention in a holistic methodology that unravels from local to global and back in a tightly interwoven multi-level intervention:

Stimulate Trans-Locally. By mobilizing resilient niches with particular focus on trans-local culture, tourism value chains, insularity, path-dependent practices and human capital. Build European. By coupling local strengths with properly adapted good practices or EU-scale best practices (e.g. social economy practices). Spread Globally. By boosting NEETs potential in Mediterranean EEA through sharing economy, expansion of social entrepreneurship and development of locally embedded yet transnationally-linked clusters of agri-food production and pertinent circular economies.

In4Cohesion Project – Information and Awareness for Cohesion Policy via Media

The current project comes forward to enable an informed debate about future priorities for the EU and ensure more transparency on how the EU’s Funds are being utilized and how the results are being implemented within the EU countries. Citizens will acquire better knowledge and their awareness will be raised regarding the impact this investment has, as a results of cohesion policy, in their countries, regions and cities as well as on their individual lives.

The proposed project is expected to bring forward conceptual, methodological and analytical contribution towards a better understanding of the relationship between European regional policies, local and regional identities and the perception of the added value of the EU by its citizens. It is also expected that young people and local stakeholders (including SMEs) will be more engaged in civic participation and more informed about the link between regional diversity, policy making and the potential benefits of Cohesion Policy. Positive identification with European projects and enhanced knowledge on opportunities cohesion policy investments can offer to all stakeholders will be made more evident and visible to the related target groups enabling them to get more involved in voicing their opinions and increasing their presence as EU citizens.

CSRC – Centre for STEAM Education Research, Science Communication and Innovation-TEAMING HORIZON 2020

This is the first time that the island’s universities are joining forces to create a Center of Excellence and Innovation in Cyprus, in cooperation with Cypriot companies.

They include the University of Cyprus (UCy), the University of Technology (Tepak), the Open University Cyprus, University of Nicosia, European University Cyprus, UCLan Cyprus, Neapolis University Paphos and Frederick University of Technology.

The €400,000 in funding will enable the project to develop a business plan for the creation of the Cyprus Science and Research Centre, which would benefit Cyprus and the broader region.

CSRC will focus on the promotion of science communication, teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, through interactive tools. It aspires to become a Center of Excellence in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, for improving research, innovation and entrepreneurial culture in the areas of technology, especially the technology for teaching and learning in science and the innovative communication of scientific achievements.

Big Step: Learning through Gamification – Integration of the vulnerable groups” –ERASMUS+

Project “BIG STEP: Learning through Gamification – Integration of the vulnerable groups” will use the Gamification methodology which is the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, etc.) to other areas of activity, such as teaching, to encourage engagement, learning flow, evaluation etc. of participants. “BIG STEP” will develop a novel educational 2-D serious video game which will help refugees engage in learning their host country’s language by playing and interacting digitally, while combining local cultural aspects (e.g. what time do they have lunch in Belgium?). The game will be tailored to the respective needs and educational level of our target groups, who will be reached through the official structures in place by the member states, and will enhance their media and literacy skills to a great extent, competences that are going to be very useful when looking for a job eventually.

Link: http://www.bigstepproject.eu/

Target Groups: Refugees, Immigrants, Third Country Nationals

Partnership: Applicant: University College Limburg, Belgium

  • OECON Group, Greece
  • University Rehabilitation Institute, Slovenia
  • Komunikujeme o.p.s., Czech Republic
  • Institute of Psychosocial Development, Greece
  • Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus
Duration: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2018