Online educational courses on cultural topics – helping the Creative Industries sector reinvent itself during a crisis- EDEN NAP webinar 2021NAP webinarsOEW 2021

3 March 2021, 17:00 CET

Open Education Week webinar


Presentations & panel discussion


This webinar proposes to present innovative pedagogical trends, of MOOCs created around the topic of digital cultural heritage. The study cases will demonstrate how these courses are created in order to have a better interaction with students remotely in synchronous and asynchronous ways. 

As there is a clear gap in creative and cultural industries education related to digital technologies, these good practice examples will help a large variety of people, from teachers who can find creative ways to interact with their students, people involved in the creative industries and students who can find opportunities for learning.

Last year was filled with lockdowns and restrictions, which hit the Creative Industries sector very bad, thus making such courses related to digital culture very useful for those who more and more need to reinvent themselves.


Alfredo Soeiro
EDEN Executive Committee Member
EUCEN – European Universities Continuing Education Network

Active in other educational and training networks, Alfredo brings more opportunities to cooperate with other educational networks and associations. As an EDEN Fellow Alfredo has worked for many years with EDEN even in the times of ODL Liaison Committee.

Alfredo Soeiro holds a degree in civil engineering from University of Porto, a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He was pro-rector of the University of Porto for Continuing Education between 1998 and 2003. Dr. Soeiro was a founding member of EUCEN (European University CE Network); RECLA (Latin American CE Network), and AUPEC (Portuguese University CE Association) His positions held were the vice presidency of EUCEN, vice-presidency of SEFI, president of IACEE, president of AUPEC and president of SEFI. His main interests are engineering education, continuing education and online learning, focusing on networking, international cooperation and student evaluation. He has also been an evaluator for the professional engineering association, was invited in several projects as external evaluator and has participated and coordinated some European projects on quality assurance of education.

Vlad Mihaescu
Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Politehnica University of Timisoara.

Vlad Mihaescu has a PhD in educational and technological models of MOOCs and has more than 10 years’ experience as a trainer and teacher in areas like multimedia technologies, social media, e-tourism, e-learning, usability, entrepreneurship, programming, soft skills and leadership. Author of over 25 scientific papers and book chapters published in international conferences and journals, Vlad is involved in several European research projects in the field of eLearning. He is also a lecturer for UPT.


Diana Andone
EDEN Vice-President for Communication and Communities of Practice
Director of the eLearning Center at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, responsible for planning and implementing digital technologies, online learning technologies, and 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. Since 1998, she teaches course modules in universities from UK, France, USA, Finland, Italy, Greece. She holds a PhD in Designing eLearning Spaces for Digital Students with Brighton University, UK, has extensive research experience with intense publication (over 17 books, 100 research papers, 11 Best paper Awards) and more than 30 research and educational projects, mainly funded by the European Commission.  She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s life. Dr. Andone actively promotes the use of OERs, MOOCs and the open education principles, training for digital skills, acting in international associations (EDEN, IEEE, AACE, IADIS, IAFES,) actively supports the local start-up movement (StartUp Weekend, HackTM, hackathons, CoderDojo) and Girls in Tech, Women in Tech and STEM education. She also acts in the Board of Romanian NGOs (Pentru Voi Foundation), in Timisoara 2021 European Capital of Culture Task Force and in other voluntary organisations. Dr. Andone is EDEN Vice-President for Communication and Communities, and member in IEEE Education Society Board of Governors, and in IEEE Romania Section the Educational activities Chair.

Achilles Kameas
Professor of Pervasive and Global Computing Systems at Hellenic Open University

In HOU he serves as Deputy Dean of the School of Science & Technology, Director of the MSc course “Pervasive and Mobile Computing Systems” and Director of the Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing, Quality and Ambient Intelligence Laboratory. He is the Founder and Head of DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Sociotechnical Systems) Research Group ( and Scientific Coordinator of Research Unit 3 at Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”. Achilles serves as Chair of the Board of ALL DIGITAL European network and member of the ESCO Reference Group on ICT Services, the CEN PC428 on e-competences and ICT professionalism, the CEPIS IT Professionalism in Europe, the EADTU Course & Curriculum pool of experts, the ELOT Standardization Committee on Smart Cities, the National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and the ReBrain Greece initiative. He has participated in more than 70 EU and national R&D projects (coordinated more than 10 of them), has published more than 200 scientific articles, co-authored more than 10 books and received more than 2000 citations. Achilles has been teaching formal and non-formal courses on ICT topics for over 25 years, pioneering the development of several MOOCs and blended courses on digital skills. He has contributed to standards EN 16234 (eCompetence Framework) and ISO 37101 (Smart and Sustainable Cities – Greek adaptation), used and evaluated DigComp 2.1 and co-authored the Manifesto for Enhancing Digital Competences across Europe. He is promoting the acquisition of ICT and digital skills by students, professionals and policy makers at regional, national and European levels. His current research interests include peer learning platforms and social systems, STE(A)M education, IoT and smart environments, digital skills, profiling of job roles and flexible learning paths.  He can be contacted at

Isabel Crespo
Europeana Education
Designing hybrid spaces with cultural heritage

Isabel Crespo develops partnerships with relevant players in education, including MoEs, industry and non-profit organizations in order to promote the reuse of digital culture in formal and informal settings. She possesses a BD in Political Sciences, a MA in Cultural Management and a MSc in Corporate Communications. She’s been working as a consultant for the Administration and in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, where she was involved in educational projects.