Webinar EDEN NAP: Designing Online Courses for Digital Skills and Competences for the Creative Industries – DigiCulture

Webinar EDEN NAP: Designing Online Courses for Digital Skills and Competences for the Creative Industries – DigiCulture

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.

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The webinar was followed by a discussion on Twitter - #EDENChat - a series of discussions on Twitter, initiated by the Steering Committee of EDEN - NAP - Network of academics and professionals. These are mediated by members of the NAP community and last about an hour. Anyone can join and contribute to the discussions, which are presented in a format questions - answers format, and focuses on current issues in distance, open and e-learning.

The project addresses a gap in education creative and cultural industries (CI), where the emphasis is on use of new digital technologies, in the context in which the actors in the area of entrepreneurship (project management) but also among those who are fresh graduates, as well as existing employees do not have important skills. The presenters made an introduction of those 13 short online courses, which are soon ready to launch and have shown how they can be used both in the current and future pandemic situation to improve the relevant digital skills of adults.

The presentation was a dynamic one, the presenters actively answering the questions received from the 130 participants.

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.


Diana Andone, Director of eLearning Center, Politehnica University of Timisoara (RO), EDEN Vice-president for Communication and Communities, DigiCulture Project Coordinator

Dr. Diana Andone is the director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University of Timișoara, with responsibilities in the planning and implementation of distance learning and the integration of the use of online educational technologies for all forms of education, through the UPT Virtual Campus - CVUPT. Andone is a lecturer in multimedia and web technologies, with an intense research activity at international level through various projects with European funding and multiple publications (with over 17 books, 80 scientific papers, 11 Best paper Awards). Passionate about the use of technologies in everyday life, Diana promotes the use of open resources OER and MOOCs, developing UniCampus - online courses in Romania. Dr. Andone is strongly involved in the activity of the scientific community through various management functions of international associations EDEN (Vice-president), IEEE Romania, IEEE CS TCLT, but also by supporting the activity of the regional community of start-up and innovation, cultural and social responsibility.

Antonella Poce, 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.
Mairéad has held leadership roles within her School, Faculty and University serving as the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, Programme Chairperson and Chairperson to a number of University Working Groups. Mairéad is involved in a number of European research projects as both PI and researcher. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and include technology in teaching and learning; policy implementation and organisational change in higher education. Mairéad is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE)
Mairéad is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE)

Chiara Zuanni, 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).
He is a member of the Getty Institute of Antitce Itineraries and a local leader for the Erasmus + Digiculture project.
She has a BA in Classics and a MA in Archaeology (University of Bologna), and a PhD in Museology (University of Manchester); and she held postdoctoral positions at the University of Liverpool, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the University of Bergamo.

Hendrik Knoche, Conf., University of Aalborg (DK)

Hendrik Knoche 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.


David Evans, JMEA Associates

Vlad Mihaescu, Lecturer, Universitatea Politehnica Timișoara (RO)

Andrei Jecza, Jecza Gallery

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