University of Peloponnese
University of Peloponnese is lead partner on the intellectual output
O2: Review of existing paper and pencil and e-learning resources in the areas of politics and national and European identity
O8: Piloting and evaluation of the game and training materials
Description of the Partner
The University of Peloponnese (UoP) was founded in 2000 with the objective to creatively contribute to the development of the tertiary education in Greece by offering high quality standards academic programmes, research and teaching, which will meet the demands of a modern University of national, European and international impact. Currently UoP has 5 schools across 5 campuses (in Korinthos, Tripolis, Sparta, Kalamata, and Nafplio) with more than 6500 Bachelor degree, 1500 Master degree, and 500 PhD students. The University of Peloponnese acts in beneficial and advantageous ways to both public and private sectors of the local community, offering to their economic growth, business activity, as well as to the social and educational policy planning and development.
The UoP is represented in the RUEU? project by the Department of Social and Educational Policy and the eLearning Research Group. Τhe Department of Social and Educational Policy, focuses on the study, analysis and evaluation of the multiple dimensions of the framework within which the various educational processes are developed (i.e. the structural, organizational, functional, technological, administrative, political, economic and social). It has an extremely strong record in successfully undertaking and coordinating European collaborative R&D and innovation projects with both public and private sector partners about ICT in education, e-learning, digital literacy, teachers’ professional development and open online learning, health policy, social anthropology and labour relations. The Department of Social and Educational Policy is involved in the development of digital educational media, within both formal and informal types of institutions (schools, universities, training centres, museums, NGOs, etc). It currently provides modules (e.g. ‘ICT in Education’, ‘eLearning and Distance Learning’, ‘Digital Literacy’, ‘Science-Technology-Society’, ‘Communication Theories’ etc.) as well as a Master’s Degree Programme on Digital Educational Media.
The eLearning Research Group (eLeReG), which is strategically oriented towards the development of novel research methodologies regarding e-learning technologies and digital educational media, within both formal and informal types of institutions (schools, universities, training centres, museums, NGOs, etc). The eLeReG expertise is based on the successful implementation of a number of EU and national funded projects concerning digital educational media, social media and Web 2.0 in education, and teachers’ development on ICT in education, integration of ICT in Greek schools, as well as the development of the new ICT Curriculum for primary and secondary education. Over the years, members of the staff have developed a cumulative research experience which has resulted into novel techniques and perspectives in the areas of digital educational media (development, pedagogical and instructional design), e-learning, teachers’ professional development, learning communities, MOOCs, Web 2.0 in education, Learning Objects and Open Educational Resources, Web-based tools for students with autism etc. In addition, it has built a wide network of primary and secondary teachers in Greece which are interested about the educational and research areas above.
Description of the Staff
The UoP team includes members with a great experience in R&D European and National projects and, particularly, in the development of e-learning environments, digital content as well as educational gaming. Key academic staff who are working on the project are Athanassios Jimoyiannis, Panagiotis Tsiotakis, Antigone Sarakinioti and Nikiforos Papachristos.
Prof. Athanassios Jimoyiannis is the Uop coordinator, leading the e-Learning Research Group (e-LeReG) at the Department of Social and Educational Policy. He has been involved in various national and EU research and development projects regarding learning technologies in formal education and teacher development. His current research interests include e-learning and ICT in education, social media and Web 2.0 in education, digital literacy, teachers’ professional development on ICT in education and computer science education. His publication record (in English and Greek) includes over 200 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, peer reviewed Greek journals, books, and international and national conferences proceedings.
Dr Panagiotis Tsiotakis holds a bachelor and a master’s degree in computer science, and a PhD in Teacher Communities of Learning. He is currently a high school teacher of computer science. Dr Tsiotakis has a great research experience concerning e-learning, communities of learning, Web 2.0 platforms and social media in education. He was involved in various national and EU research and developmental projects regarding teachers’ professional development and ICT in education. His publication activity includes articles in peer-reviewed international journals, international and Greek books as well as international and national conferences proceedings.
Dr Antigone Sarakinioti holds a doctoral degree in the field of Sociology of Education and Educational Policy. Her doctoral research is on changes in the forms of knowledge and identities in the curricula of Greek Education Departments in light of the European Higher Education Policy. Her main research interest is in the sociological analysis of educational policy, focusing on the transformations in the processes and means of governance and identity formation in the field of education and lifelong learning. She demonstrates scholarly activity through publications in journals, international and national conferences and collective volumes in Greek and in English.
Dr Nikiforos M. Papachristos holds a doctoral degree in the field of Learning Technologies. He has a great research experience in the field of Educational Virtual Environments as a researcher, ICT in Education specialist, project manager and deputy project manager in national and European educational technology R&D projects. His publication activity includes articles in peer-reviewed international journals, international and Greek books as well as international and national conferences proceedings.