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  1. 1. 6/10/2021 1 Prof. Achilles Kameas School of Science and Technology Hellenic Open University HOU openly supports diversity and facilitates inclusion Hellenic Open University • HOU is the sole State University that offers formal and non-formal lifelong education to adult students from distance • HOU comprises four Schools (Social Sciences, Applied Arts, Science and Technology and Humanities) • The University accepted its first students in 1998 • Currently, over 45.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students are registered in the courses offered; each year 5.000 new students are admitted • HOU offers more than 50 study programmes (8 of them undergraduate) and a number of VET courses 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 2 1 2
  2. 2. 6/10/2021 2 Mission and vision  The DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Sociotechnical Systems) research group was founded in 2001. Since its establishment, DAISSy has coordinated and participated in more than 70 national and European projects  The vision of the researchers of DAISSy group is to contribute to the realization of an advanced society by inventing technology that adapts and supports human needs and not the other way round!  Today the group employs more than 60 persons, including University professors, PostDoc researchers, PhD and MSc holders, researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence and social sciences, experienced ICT engineers, programmers and administrative personnel 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 3 Expertise  DAISSy has accumulated expertise in: – Social Computing Systems, – MOOCs, Online Learning Platforms, – Serious Games, Digital Content, – STE(A)M Education, Inclusive Education, – IoT and Mobile Systems, Middleware, Services, – Knowledge Extraction and Representation, Ontologies, – Smart Environments, Smart Cities, – Quality Assurance, Standards, – User Profiling, User Experience, – Digital Skills and Competences, – Lifelong learning, UpSkilling, Skills Certification, – Job Profiling, Learning Pathways 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 4 3 4
  3. 3. 6/10/2021 3 Map of projects 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 5 Digital Competences • ProInternet • eCultSkills • CompAAL • EngAGEnt • eVirtue • (SEM@Schools) • LinguaCuisine • V4T • MuSA • DCDS • Smart DevOps • Social Hackademy • BIBLIO • ESSA • GoodDeeds Competence Development • VAB • LPMnage • i-Care • Take Care • EPOQUE • DigiPlace • TOY+ • EcosLIGHT • InTour • WATT-Else • Instruction • GCTE Ambient Intelligence • eGadgets • Plants • ASTRA • Hearts • ATRACO • ELTab • ADVENT Multi-culturalism and Inclusion • TIPS • Fragmex • SONETOR • SONET-Bull • TIME • DIVINA-Edu • (LinguaCuisine) • (BRIGHTS) • Tackle • WEMIN • MILE • MiCreate • Xenia • REMIDA • PICAET • REInSER Education / Quality • CRITON • P4LLL-Tec • MOOQ • KUTEL • Ind4.0 • DELTA • (PICELS) • FAVILLE • (STEAMEducation) • ANGEL • TS4VEN Culture • (MuSA) • EuHerit • SILVHER • CrowdDreaming • (NICHE) Entrepreneurship • YouBrand • Entrepreneurhsip4Women • (MILE) • (NICHE) • OLMEdu STE(A)M education • SEM@Schools • UMI-Sci-Ed • STEAMonEdu • (STEAMEducation) • SparkDigiGirls Tourism • (InTour) • Roman routes Media Literacy • (BRIGHTS) • CrAL • AMELIE Scope • Open Universities are able and entitled to play a key role in facilitating an inclusive education not only by supporting but also by encouraging diversity • The role of Open Universities cannot be confined within the boundaries of their campus and community • In Hellenic Open University, we take initiatives and implement projects that support diversity and facilitate inclusion at citizen and society levels 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 6 5 6
  4. 4. 6/10/2021 4 Main Discrimination-Exclusion factors • In our research we have identified 5+1 factors that apply to academia and beyond: – Ethnicity – Gender – Sexual orientation – Age – Disability / Accessibility – Basic (Digital) competences • Intersectionality between the factors can lead to Multiple discrimination & exclusion • Ref: European Project TACKLE: Book «Tackling multiple discrimination in Greece: Delivering equality by active exploration and enabling policy interventions» 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 7 Dimensions of inclusion related to education • Institutional – Educator (teacher, tutor etc.) – Student – Institute • Management • Staff • Courses • Material • Societal (environment) – Policies – Sectors 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 8 7 8
  5. 5. 6/10/2021 5 Ethnicity & Culture • Train teachers and staff in intercultural competences – Employ Intercultural Mediators • Provide education / training / re- skilling opportunities – Recognition of prior learning / skills • Make society aware of cultural differences 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 9 MSc course in Language Education for Migrants • https://www.eap.gr/education/postgraduate/biannual/language- education-for-refugees-and-immigrants/ (in Greek) • The Postgraduate Course "Language Education for refugees and immigrants" is designed for teachers and graduates who wish to supplement or deepen their knowledge and skills in teaching a language course in various languages, as well as to develop new resources that they can later use in specific contexts and levels. The course offers a strong background in theoretical literature, as well as a suitable methodology for educational practice, course planning and introduction to the most important research tools. • The Course aims to provide specialized pedagogical knowledge to teachers of both levels of compulsory education (primary and secondary) and to higher education graduates who wish to teach, as well as to teachers involved in adult education, in refugee or migrant environments. The Course trains students from Greece or other countries to ask and answer key questions in applied linguistics and the acquisition of a second language in the innumerable, diverse, multilingual environments they encounter and will encounter in the future. 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 10 9 10
  6. 6. 6/10/2021 6 Intercultural Mediators • National profile of Intercultural Mediator (officially approved by State) • National registry of Intercultural Mediators (commissioned by Ministry) • Online platform to support the Community of Intercultural Mediators (project SONETOR) • Training outline for (project TIME) – Intercultural Mediator – Trainer of Intercultural Mediators • Course outline on diversity management in adult education (project Divina-Edu) 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 11 MILE • https://projectmile.eu/ • Project MILE (Migrants Integration in the Labour market in Europe) aims to develop, implement and mainstream an effective model of integrated services for the integration of Third-Country Nationals into the labour market, based on multi-sectorial competences, mobilisation of actors and migrants’ cultural, social and economic needs. • Main instruments: – Multistakeholder Working Groups (3 International in Milan, Viladecans, Athens, and National approximately every six months in each country) – Study Visits (in Innsbruck, Austria and Athens, Greece) – Capacity Building sessions in Austria, Greece, Spain, Italy for Employers and Stakeholders – In process: soft skills and technical skills training and job placement activities 6/10/2021 12 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 11 12
  7. 7. 6/10/2021 7 Report: Voices of European Employers. Challenges and benefits of the inclusion of migrants in the labour market • Desk Research of the labour market trends and requirements • Qualitative Research: 40 interviews • Quantitative Research: 131 questionnaires Main Results: • Use of non-formal hiring channels • Employers have generally low awareness of how to use internship and/or apprenticeship programmes for hiring non- EU citizens. • Employers have generally low or very low awareness of hiring policies that encourage diversity. • Language is affirmed as a major barrier for hiring third country nationals in all countries. 6/10/2021 13 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr Handbook for employers: Diversity in the workplace. Challenges and benefits of the inclusion of third-country nationals • From diversity to inclusion: how to manage diversity by promoting inclusion • Immigrant people as a resource for companies- Opportunities, obstacles, starting points • Legal issues concerning migrant hiring and employment • The profile of the migrant worker • From diversity to inclusion: benefits and challenges 6/10/2021 14 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 13 14
  8. 8. 6/10/2021 8 REInSER • https://keep.eu/projects/25271/Refugees-Economic-Integrati-EN/ • The aim of REInSER is to improve the refugees’ economic integration using approaches of social innovation and in particular social entrepreneurship. • The long-term objective is to enhance possibilities for refugees to become active economic actors and agents of their own integration in given host society on one hand and to contribute to the local and regional sustainable economic development by generating employment and supporting the creation of new social responsible businesses on the other hand. • Specific objectives: – Enhancement of the competencies/skills of the stakeholders and involved parties – Mobilisation of stakeholders in the fields of social research, social innovation and socio-economic inclusion of refugees in order to increase knowledge transfer between business, users, academia and administration – Better coordinated innovation policies and strategies in the field of economic inclusion of refugees using social entrepreneurship and social innovation 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 15 Gender & Sexual orientation • Women – In Science & technology – As Entrepreneurs – As key actors of society • Social genders 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 16 15 16
  9. 9. 6/10/2021 9 The situation in HOU • Student ombudsman • Gender Equality Committee (under establishment) • Use of gender-inclusive language (in process) • MSc course on enhancing the role of women in science & technology (in planning) 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 17 E4W • http://www.e4w.eu/ • E4W aimed at improving digital and entrepreneurial skills of disadvantaged women and help them to find an educational pathway to better employment opportunities. • The project produced: – The training programme MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN! – Online Training Course in Moodle Platform in 5 languages – An e-Guidebook for adult non-formal education organizations to facilitate the use and adoption of the training materials in diverse contexts of non-formal learning settings – Empowerment of 40 educators from adult non-formal education institutions as supporters of disadvantaged women to pursue their career paths, via synchronous online training – Improved competitiveness for 200 disadvantaged women through enhancing their entrepreneurial skills, via Face to Face Training 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 18 17 18
  10. 10. 6/10/2021 10 • Aims – to enable women to combine effectively the understanding of technology, project management and entrepreneurship – to choose a project-based approach for the promotion of skills relevant to the labor market in a cross-disciplinary way irrespectively of the type of project (technological or other) – to improve the awareness for women’s educational needs in todays labor markets • Structure – 25 Face to Face Training Sessions – Online course: each module contains the corresponding content of three key topics: project management, digital education and entrepreneurship • Initiating a Project • Planning a Project • Presenting and closing a Project DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 19 Project n°: 2018-1-LT01-KA204-047019 Making Ideas Happen: the training programme 6/10/2021 The e-Guidebook 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 20 19 20
  11. 11. 6/10/2021 11 SparkDigiGirls • Project SDG (Empower Girls’ Creativity Through Use of Digital Technologies) aims at encouraging girls aged from 15 years old to explore digital technologies such as AR, VR, AI, IoT and come up with new and exciting ideas by utilizing their newly acquired digital knowledge to chart the waters of the male dominated STEM industry with fresh, different and creative viewpoints Target audience • 200 secondary school girls 15+y who wish to develop their creativity by using digital technologies (including girls with lower opportunities like living in remote areas, migrant girls, from families at risk, etc.). • 40 youth workers from formal and non - formal youth education institutions. Innovative characteristics • innovative in terms of curriculum and online training materials • practical experiential learning model and real life tasks for promoting creativity and improving digital skills • innovative in terms of choosing new and interesting digital applications and tools for youth, specifically for girls • explore technologies in a way to allow girls to come up with new and exciting ideas and solutions for given problems and demystify stereotypes about ICT field 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 21 WEMIN • http://www.wemin-project.eu • The WEMIN project (Migrant Women Empowerment and Integration) implemented a comprehensive integration model for migrant/refugee women (MRW). Through direct interventions in women populations and through experience- sharing among partners social, cultural, educational and professional aspects of inclusion were addressed and active participation was achieved. 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 22 21 22
  12. 12. 6/10/2021 12 Project results • Detailed description of 10 good practices in the field of social integration of migrant and refugee women (Guide) • The Social Integration of Migrant and Refugee Women – A Guide for Policy Makers • Peer learning methodology and training materials used during the interventions • Methodology and content guide of empowerment and mentoring • Online peer learning platform • Digital training material • Workshop plan for cultural workshops and workshop scrapbooks 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 23 Booklet “MRW stories of change” • The booklet gathers the testimonies of MRW who have participated in WEMIN activities in the partner countries 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 24 23 24
  13. 13. 6/10/2021 13 XENIA • http://www.xeniaindex.eu/ • The key objective of XENIA is to turn Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into “inclusive places” that promote social dialogue and to tackle the challenges of discrimination on the basis of gender & sexual orientation biases. • Outcomes – XENIA will develop and implement an innovative “HEI Inclusiveness Index” that allow HEIs to:  A. Map and assess how HEIs are inclusive, scoring them against a set of objective indicators  B. Gauge the perception of students and staff of how inclusive are HEIs, through questionnaire based surveys among HEI staff (admin, teaching, support) and students to determine the “perceived” degree of inclusiveness at HEI  C. Identify key areas for intervention, allowing HEIs to prioritise their social inclusion policies, programmes and initiatives 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 25 HEI Inclusiveness Index • XENIA HEI Thematic Area Literature Review -> 130 pieces of literature were studied • HEI inclusiveness index has – five Thematic Areas – 65 Indicators – 136 Sub-indicators 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 26 25 26
  14. 14. 6/10/2021 14 Tools Glossary in 5 Languages (EN, IT, GR, ES, Sl)  Best Practice tool in 5 Languages (EN, IT, GR, ES, Sl) 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 27 Disability & Accessibility • Accessibility • Disadvantaged • Elderly 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 28 27 28
  15. 15. 6/10/2021 15 The situation in HOU • All educational process (registration, teaching, studying, meetings, assessment, exams) takes place online • Digital reader for HOU eBooks • Accessible main HOU website • Accessibility support by the HOU Library 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 29 IN-TOUR • www.in-tour.eu • The IN-TOUR project aims to fill the gap in the training on Accessible Tourism. It will equip managers and frontline staff working in the tourism sector with skills and competences to provide adequate services to customers with specific access requirements. • The main project outcomes are: – Specification of gaps in skills and competences; – Two occupational profiles: 1. Inclusive Tourism Manager (ITM) 2. Inclusive Tourism Frontline Staff (ITFS) – Two European curricula on the accessible tourism sector, EQF 6 & 7 for ITM and EQF 5 for ITFS; – Modular blended course for both curricula (incl. on-line training, face-to-face and work-based learning sessions); – Local pilots of the courses in Italy, Greece and Germany. 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 30 29 30
  16. 16. 6/10/2021 16 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 31 Report on Occupational Profiles in the Inclusive Tourism Sector - Identification of ESCO Tourism Manager & FLS “generic” skills profiles Report on Skills Needs in the Inclusive Tourism Sector - Identification of 27 IT Management occupations - Identification of 37 IT Frontline Staff occupations - Identification of 18 Key Activities, Competencies and Skills in Inclusive Tourism as requirements for Vocational Training #hackAD • https://socialhackademy.eu/ • Social Hackademy aims to to upskill young people in the verge of exclusion and give them the opportunity to work with representatives of civil society organisations to develop digital solutions to societal challenges linked to one or more of the 17 UN Goals for Sustainable Development • Methodology • Upscale the Social Hackathon Umbria methodology • Train the trainers sessions (in 4 countries) • Training sessions for young people (total: 100 h per country) • National Hackathons for young people (1 per country) • Developing a platform for supporting the training and the national Hackathons (#HackAd platform) 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 32 31 32
  17. 17. 6/10/2021 17 The platform 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 33 Hackathons and community support 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 34 33 34
  18. 18. 6/10/2021 18 REMIDA • https://remidaproject.eu/ • Project “REMIDA – Renewed Models for the Inclusion of Disadvantaged Adults” was created with the aim of supporting the social and working inclusion of adults 45+ at risk of exclusion (low qualifications and skills, obsolete skills, immigrants…) by defining and testing an innovative model of intervention, aimed at achieving personal empowerment and enhancing the informal and non-formal skills / abilities of this target group. 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 35 Methodology 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 36 Lego Serious Best Practices on Adults guidance and counselling Adult Education methodologies Re.M.I.D.A. Innovative model for the empowerment andcareer counseling of disadvantaged adults Operators/trainers training + Pilot(s) Valorization of informal skills 35 36
  19. 19. 6/10/2021 19 • https://romanroutes.eu/ • All Routes Lead to Rome offers training, tools and logistical support to young people who want to take advantage of the economical potential of the ancient Roman roads in terms of employability, self- entrepreneurship, and local development • The project outcomes are: – E-platform to make freely available all the training contents, sources, resources, results generated during the implementation of the project, to the target group, the beneficiaries, the relevant stakeholders and the general public – Mapping of the Roman roads entrepreneurial potential. – Set of online mini-courses about entrepreneurship, business planning, legal aspects of setting up a company and hiring employees, etc, designed for university students 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 37 RomanRoutes Digital competences • Education and Material • Services • Digital skills – Educators – Citizens 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 38 37 38
  20. 20. 6/10/2021 20 Education and Material • The entire education process is supported by online platforms • Tutoring meetings (students-tutor or tutor-tutor) take place via WebEx • The learning material that has been produced by HOU is available online via a tailor-made reading app • Exams take place online via a tailor- made platform 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 39 Services • Online (different platforms) – Student enrollment – Certificates of attendance / participation – Grading – Exams – Institutional communication – Submission of applications and selection of tutors • Guides on how to use the platforms / 24-7 support • HOU web site and gazette • Online events 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 40 39 40
  21. 21. 6/10/2021 21 MOOCs 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 41 OLMEdu • OLMedu project aims at the creation of an open lab for the up- skilling of HES staff in online management education. • Its main objectives are: – a) To provide higher educational staff with the proper knowledge, skills and competences required to facilitate distance learning using technologies and tools of online training – b) To cultivate their ability to embed the appropriate pedagogies, into the online environment, form their teaching-learning process using online methodologies, adjusted to the training context of management education – c) To create training activities and learning material to be studied and followed by HEI educational staff in order them to effectively create positive learning environments for their students, train them to collaborate, make decisions, solve problems and integrate them into strategic scenarios – d) To create the capacity of HEI training staff to develop online simulations and integrate them in their training offering practice using a newly developed user-friendly tool – e) To create an open access learning repository and online community of practice for the development of online training delivery skills and competences for HEI educational staff 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 42 41 42
  22. 22. 6/10/2021 22 RE-EDUCO • http://re-educo.eu/ • The project aims at encouraging the production, experimentation and sharing of new approaches and training methods in the field of digital culture. • Running for 9 months • Expected Outcomes – A training scheme for active citizenship for digital society – An international Community of Practice for the digital transformation challenges – A training course for teachers for education in the digital era – An online environment to host the training course and CoP – A school contest for digital innovation – Personalized active learning on digital skills for students – Methodologies and Guidelines for non formal learning methods – Re-Educo Youtube channel 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 43 Training scheme for active citizenship for digital society  Informative seminars  Digital ethics, cyberbullying, social media and internet, risks and opportunities of new technologies  Orientation seminars  New skills and labour perspective, digital technologies and Society 5.0  Training courses  New digital identity, data privacy 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 44 43 44
  23. 23. 6/10/2021 23 DCDS • http://www.dcds-project.eu/ • Project DCDS developed an innovative multilingual Digital Competences Development System (DCDS) and used it to provide non-formal training to low-skilled adults in different European countries • Outcomes – A methodology for the development of digital competences and related transversal competences of adults – An online environment that implements the methodology – Flexible and modular blended course with face-to-face support sessions by trainers (e-facilitators) in using the online environment – Reports and policy recommendations based on data analysis • DCDS is completely aligned with DIGCOMP 2.1 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 45 Online tools • Self-Assessment Tool for digital competences – Digital Academy for Greek Citizens – MyDigiSkills • MOOCs for the development of digital competence in various sectors: – Museum professionals (project Mu.SA) – Culture professionals and students (and citizens in general) (projects DELTA, NICHE, EuHerit etc.) – Smart city employees (project Smart DevOps) – Library employees (project BIBLIO) – Caregivers (project I-CARE) • MOOC for intergenerational learning (project TOY+) 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 46 45 46
  24. 24. 6/10/2021 24 Summary • HOU makes efforts to open doors and build corridors, so that everyone can become member of modern society and move freely between its domains • HOU is not only inwards but also outwards inclusive, in that it supports the society to become inclusive at all levels 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 47 • Our target groups include – Teachers, professors, educators – Policy makers and mediators – Employers and employees – Migrants – Disadvantaged groups and groups at the risk of exclusion – Students, young people and elders 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 48 47 48
  25. 25. 6/10/2021 25 • Our main instrument is education and training • Other instruments we use: – Online platforms – Freely available material – Awareness raising campaigns – Events and workshops – Publications 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 49 DAISSy training platforms 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 50 49 50
  26. 26. 6/10/2021 26 Contacts • Web – http://daissy.eap.gr – http://sdy.eap.gr – http://daisy.cti.gr • MOOCs & elearning – https://mooc.cti.gr – https://elearning.daissy.eu • YouTube – DAISSy Research Group • Contact us – info@daissy.eap.gr • LinkedIn – daissyresearchgroup • FaceBook – DAISSyResearchGroup • Twitter – daissy_research • Instagram – @daissy_researchgroup 6/10/2021 DAISSy research group / daissy.eap.gr 51 51

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