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DIgital activism: ways to cultivate your soft skills during the pandemic and beyond

talk given at the webinar Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research athenaeuropeanuniversity.eu/coronavirus-and-beyond_soft-skills-for-university-learning-and-research/

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DIgital activism: ways to cultivate your soft skills during the pandemic and beyond

  1. 1. Digital activism: ways to cultivate your soft skills during the pandemic and beyond Katerina Zourou, Ph.D., Web2Learn, Greece Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Organised by the iPEN consortium (Innovative Photonics Education in Nanotechnology) 1-2 March, 2021, online https://ipenche.chania.teicrete.gr/
  2. 2. iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Researcher in open, social and digital learning Advocate of open access, open science and citizen science Head of Web2Learn (also partner of iPEN project) Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  3. 3. What does this picture bring to mind? iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  4. 4. And this one? iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  5. 5. And this one? iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” An initiative of Covid19Italia.help, a collective of Italian civic activists engaged in solidarity actions during the pandemic Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  6. 6. Digital activism Using the power of digital technologies to create and maintain communities of similar-minded citizens for a social purpose iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  7. 7. Digital activism as a manifestation of active citizenship iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Citizens (incl. university students) as social actors shaping their discourse and identity through social participation Citizens craft learning trajectories through multiple digital platforms and sites, including social networking ones. Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  8. 8. New forms of digital social innovation • Open Democracy • Open Policy Making • Collaborative Economy • Collaborative Making • Collaborative Consumption • Environmental action • New Collaborative approaches to inclusion, agriculture, health, disaster management EU study “Citizen Engagement in Science and Policy-Making” (2016) iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  9. 9. Soft skills iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Credit: https://oecdskillsandwork.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/blog44-0.jpg Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  10. 10. iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/trends-and-research/2020/most-in-demand-hard-and-soft-skills Needs in soft skills in 2020 Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  11. 11. iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Questions we will adress: What forms of digital activism have occurred during the pandemic? Is it possible to obtain soft skills through digital activism? Are achievements of soft skills demonstrable? Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  12. 12. 4 indicative types of digital activism in the fight against COVID-19 Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) Digital hacktivism and datactivism Maker movement 1.Citizen science iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  13. 13. Type #1: Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) Examples: Eterna, Foldit@home and Foldit. iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  14. 14. #1: Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  15. 15. Puzzle solving environment+ chat #1: Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  16. 16. MMOGs as Collaborative puzzle solving for a social purpose: can act as means to develop one’s soft skills #1: Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  17. 17. Type #2 : Digital hacktivism and datactivism The EUvsVirus hackathon in April 2020 #2: hacktivism and datactivism iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  18. 18. EUvsVirus hackathon data • 21,000 participants • 140 nationalities • 27 countries • 23 languages • 600+ corporate partners • 1,400 mentors • 400 jury members over 2,000 solutions to address coronavirus-related challenges #2: hacktivism and datactivism iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  19. 19. + 2 examples: Open Data Days and EU Datathon Open data Days: Groups from around the world create local events on the day when they use open data in their communities. EU Datathon: a competition for best teams developing an application that uses open data sets and is created for a social purpose #2: hacktivism and datactivism iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  20. 20. Type #3: maker movement Emphasis on the value of an individual's ability to be a creator of things. For COVID-19: many maker communities around the world engage in provision of medical supplies (oxygen masks, personal protective equipment including face shields, and devices such as oxygen concentrators) #3: Maker movement iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  21. 21. Maker movement (2) Since January 2020, Maker communities produced 48M items, created by 42M volunteers in 86 countries March 2021 data, cf. the global Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) group #3: Maker movement https://opensourcemedicalsupplies.org/impact/ iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  22. 22. What is citizen science? • Citizens can more easily than ever engage in scientific endeavours • The activities undertaken aim to advance science, develop scientific understanding and encourage the engagement and understanding within local communities of science and their natural environment. • A wider range of devices are used, including citizens own devices (such as mobile phones and tablets), social media, DIY tools, etc. iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” https://inos-project.eu/ https://www.citizenheritage.eu/ 2 examples of citizen science at universities:
  23. 23. Type #4: Citizen science projects iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021
  24. 24. Conlusion We all agree that it is important to cultivate soft skills along with hard skills => More opportunities are needed for university students to cultivate soft skills => Forms of digital activism can act as means to develop them during university studies iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research” Katerina Zourou, March 2, 2021 Hints for future developments a) Create methodologies for skill acquisition in digital activism contexts; b) Works toward formal recognition of skills in these contexts
  25. 25. Resources Smartphone Spectroscopy Enables Citizen Science. Jan 21, 2021 https://www.photonics.com/Webinars/Smartphone_Spectroscopy_Enables_Citizen_Science/w317 Multiscale Observation Networks for Optical monitoring of Coastal waters, Lakes and Estuaries https://monocle-h2020.eu/Home Bringing research and teaching closer to society –the Sensebox of University of Muenster https://www.uni- muenster.de/news/view.php?cmdid=10792 Covid19Italia.help collective https://covid19italia.help/issues/regione/piemonte/ Joint Research Centre (2016). Citizen Engagement in Science and PolicyMaking https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/communities/sites/jrccties/files/mc10_rio_sio-lopez_mobility_reading.pdf. iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research”
  26. 26. • Digital Activism in Times of Pandemic Webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImBgHO4iMaQ&feature=emb_title • UNESCO, COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response http://www.iiep.unesco.org/en/covid-19- educational-disruption-and-response-13363 • https://opendataday.org/ • https://op.europa.eu/en/web/eudatathon • Eterna https://eternagame.org/ • EU datathon https://op.europa.eu/en/web/eudatathon • EUvsVirus hackathon https://www.euvsvirus.org/ • Foldit https://fold.it/ • GEO Indigenous COVID-19 Hackathon 2020 https://www.earthobservations.org/geo_blog_obs.php?id=432 • Just one Giant Lab https://jogl.io/ • Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) https://opensourcemedicalsupplies.org/ • The Coronavirus Tech Handbook https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/ • The Global Hack https://theglobalhack.com/ • emergenzeHack https://emergenzehack.github.io/ Useful links iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research”
  27. 27. Questions ? https://web2learn.eu/ @web2learn_eu katerinazourou@gmail.com Credits: all images by Wikimedia commons iPEN Webinar “Coronavirus and beyond: soft skills for university learning and research”

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