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The DigiCulture Erasmus+ project creates the Digital Skills for Creative Industries online courses available in the UniCampus Virtual Learning Hub aimed at low-skilled and at-risk adults, the Digital Skills e-assessment tool and Open Badges for Digital Skills. Together they will provide important new opportunities for low-skilled adults to access knowledge, gain new digital skills and intercultural competences and improve their chances of finding employment or performing better in their current employment.
The project addresses a gap in creative and cultural industries (CI) education where there is low emphasis on the use of new digital technologies, entrepreneurship (project management) and both recent graduates and existing employees lack important skills. The speakers will introduce the 13 short online courses that are soon ready to be launched and discuss how they can be used during the current pandemic situation and in the future to improve relevant digital competences of adults.
The DigiCulture – ‘Improving the Digital Competences and Social Inclusion of Adults in Creative Industries’ Erasmus+ project partners are from universities, adult training and cultural sector from Romania, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, UK and Ireland.
Lecturer, Politehnica University of Timisoara (RO)
Director of eLearning Center, Politehnica University of Timisoara (RO), EDEN Vice-president for Communication and Communities, DigiCulture Project Coordinator
Dr.ing. Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, responsible for planning and implementing eLearning and the online learning technologies thorough the university award winning Virtual Campus CVUPT. She is also associate professor at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia, interactive and web technologies. She has an extensive research experience with intense publication (over 17 books, 80 research papers, 11 Best paper Awards) and more than 30 research and educational projects. She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s life. She actively promotes the use of OERs, MOOCs and the open education principles, training for digital skills, acting in international associations EDEN, IEEE and actively supporting the local start-up movement, women in tech and STEM education.
Associate Professor, University Roma TRE (IT), EDEN NAP Chair
Antonella Poce currently holds the post of Associate Professor (qualified as a full professor), in Experimental Pedagogy at the department of Education – University Roma TRE (IT), where she chairs the Centre for Museum Education and the post graduate courses: annual Museum Education and biennial Advanced Studies in Museum Education. Her expertise concerns research education methodology and evaluation. In the last five years, her interests have been focused on methods to develop and assess transverse skills and dispositions (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication) in different kinds of users by combining formal, no-formal and informal methods through the use of innovative digital technologies. Currently, within her research group, she has been working on Critical Thinking automatic assessment through the analysis of open-ended questions and essays. She coordinates national research units within European projects frameworks and she has been chairing international academic committees dealing with professional development and distance learning. She is author of different publications of national and international relevance on the topics of innovation, assessment and use of technology in teaching and learning, at different levels.
Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl
Senior Research Fellow in the National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin (IE)
Dr Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl is a Senior Research Fellow in the National Institute for Digital Learning. In 2016 she was a Fulbright Tech Impact Scholar working with the University of Notre Dame in researching the design and development of a Massive Open Online Course. Formerly the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with academic responsibility for forty-five academic programmes. Mairéad is a Senior Lecturer in information technology in the Irish-medium interdisciplinary School of Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge and former board member of the North-South Language Body and the ICT sub-committee of the National Council
for Curriculum and Assessment in Ireland. She has served on numerous European and National Policy Groups in the area of ICT and Higher Education. Mairéad has gained considerable experience managing and leading internal and external policy and research projects and was appointed as a university fellow in 2008 for the implementation of the Academic Framework for Innovation within DCU. She is a member of Eurocall, AISHE, ESAI and SRHE. Mairéad’s research and teaching interests are concerned with the use of ICT for learning and she has presented regularly in this area: She was PI on the SpeakApps 2 project and a researcher on SpeakApps 1 project aimed at investigation oral language production and interaction. She is joint Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Technology in Higher Education. Mairéad is a mentor to two start-ups in the tech space, she also consults with both national and international companies.
Assistant professor, University of Graz (AT)
Chiara Zuanni is a tenure-track assistant professor in Digital Humanities, with a focus on museology, at ZIM. Her research focuses on the construction and mediation of knowledge in museums, on the impact of digital media and data on the heritage sector and its audiences. She has a degree in Classics and a MA in Archaeology from the University of Bologna, and a PhD in Museology from the University of Manchester (2016). Her postdoctoral appointments included an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship at the Institute of Cultural Capital (University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, 2016), working on the ‘Liverpool 2018’ project (evaluating the longitudinal impact of the European Capital of Culture award) and on an evaluation for the British Council. She has then been a research fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2016-2017), working on the transnational research project ‘Universal Histories and Universal Museums’ (funded by the AHRC and LABEX), and a visiting lecturer in museology at the University of Bergamo (2018). She is currently also a member of the ‘Ancient Itineraries Institute’ (a project funded by the Getty Foundation, led by King’s College London and Umeå University).
Associate professor, Aalborg University (DK)
Hendrik Knoche holds an Associate Professor position at the University of Aalborg (Denmark) in the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology. He has worked on interaction design and user experience both on desktop and mobile devices for more than ten years in industry and academia in various domains including games, mobile social networking, automated content adaptation, and perceived video and aesthetic quality. His research interests include human-centered design, mediated experiences, and ICT for inclusion, rehabilitation, education, and development along with methods for prototyping and evaluating applications. This includes understanding and modeling user experiences “in the wild”. To this end, he is working on user adaptable interactions based on multi-modal usage models and user data including e.g. interaction and game metrics, physiological data and eye-tracking.
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