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ISLS Best Design Paper Award 2021

We are happy to announce that Andria Agesilaou and Dr Eleni Kyza’s submission “Empowering students to be data literate: The design and implementation of a learning environment to foster critical data literacy” has received the Best Design Paper Award at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS 2021).

The theme of the Conference was “Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future” and it took place virtually from June 7-11, 2021. The submission was presented as a full paper.

Download and read the submission in the ISLS 2021 conference proceedings here (p. 458-465).

Co-inform & ICA event 29-30 September 2021

With the culmination of our work for Co-Inform, the European-funded H2020 project that our Research Group has been involved in, we invite you to join two online events that will take place on 29 and 30 September 2021, online, and will present the work we have completed in the context of our three-year research project, as well as key findings and implications for policymaking and future research and on misinformation. 

You can register for a first-hand experience of the tools we have developed to support citizens, journalists and policymakers when faced with misinformation by completing this form

Following the demo, we also invite you to join the 55th ICA Conference themed: The New Normal: ” A radical leap to digital,one giant step for digital society” during which Co-Inform will share the project’s main insights from the tools’ evaluations and discuss future directions concerning misinformation research and policy implications for combating misinformation on social media. You can view the agenda here, and register for the event here

The Co-Inform project included top universities and SMEs from 7 European countries and reached its conclusion in July. The project aimed to co-create tools that would foster critical thinking and media and information literacy for a better-informed society. These tools stemmed from the needs and misinformation challenges of citizens, journalists and policymakers; they were iteratively designed and evaluated with policymakers, journalists, and citizens in three different EU countries (Austria,Greece, Sweden).

Earli Conference 2021: Papers Acceptance

We are happy to announce that two of our papers at the Media Cognition and Learning Research Group have been accepted to the 19th Biennial European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI 2021).  

Dr Yiannis’ Georgiou and Dr Eleni A. Kyza’s paper “Scaffolding augmented reality learning: A systematic review of the literature” has been accepted to be presented at the EARLI 2021 conference, as a Full Paper Presentation.

Additionally, Christiana Varda and Dr Eleni A. Kyza’s  paper “Liking” social media posts with credibility labels: The role of epistemic aims and criteria” has been accepted as part of the symposium organized by Dr Friederike Hendriks (University of Münster, Germany), Dr Maria Zimmermann, (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany), and Dr Elisabeth Mayweg-Paus (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany). The symposium is titled Is this credible information?” Investigations on the Evaluation of Scientific Online Information.

The theme of the Conference is “Education and Citizenship: Learning and Instruction and the Shaping of Futures” and it will take place virtually between August 23 to 27, 2021.

Presentation at the “Innovations in STEM Education during the Pandemic” online symposium

We are pleased to announce that Dr Eleni A. Kyza, Media Cognition and Learning Research Group’s Lead, has been invited to give a presentation at the “Innovations in STEM Education during the Pandemic” online symposium on Friday, 23th of April, 2021.

The online symposium will bring together people and organisations involved in science education and outreach, and it is organized by Native Scientist, Lancaster University, and the University of Tubingen.

The title of the presentation is “Online STEM education for children”.

For more information and registration visit the symposium webpage.

Presentation at the 2nd National Workshop for Media Literacy

We are pleased to announce that Dr Eleni A. Kyza, Media Cognition and Learning Research Group’s Lead, has been invited to give a presentation at the 2nd National Workshop for Media Literacy on “Media literacy, critical thinking and freedom of expression: perspectives and dilemmas”.

Dr Kyza’s presentation will focus on a key component of digital citizenship, a key aspect of media literacy, and is titled “Cultivating critical thinking as an essential component of digital citizenship”.

The conference is organized by Cyprus Pedagogical Institute and European University Cyprus as part of the EU-funded project “European MediaCoach Initiative -EMCI”. The conference will be held online on Monday 22nd of March, 2021.

You can access the Conference Program here (in greek).

Registration required. Participation is free.

Keynote Speaker at the 5th National Conference “Chemistry in Education”

Dr Eleni A. Kyza, Media Cognition and Learning Research Group’s Lead, has been invited as a keynote speaker at the 5th National Chemistry in Education Conference, entitled “Teaching Chemistry: Timeless and Contemporary Challenges”, which will be held online on Saturday, March 20th, 2021.

The title of Dr Kyza’s keynote presentation is “Pandemic and online learning: Challenges and strategies for activating interest and promoting learning in the modern techno-scape”.

The conference is organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Cyprus University of Technology, University of Cyprus, Pancyprian Union Of Chemists, Association of Chemistry Teachers (OELMEK).

You can access the Conference Program here (in greek).

Registration required. Participation is free.

Admission for PhD studies, starting September 2021

The MCL Research Group (Cyprus University of Technology) accepts applications for three posts at Doctoral level (PhD) that will begin September 2021.

The MCL Research Group (Cyprus University of Technology) accepts applications for three (3) posts at Doctoral level (PhD) that will begin September 2021.

Deadline is Thursday, 15th of April 2021. For applications, click here.

For more information, click here.


  • One (1) post in the following topic: Contemporary challenges and the empowerment of citizens through digital media”.

Description:This Ph.D. thesis will explore the context in which citizens (younger or older) can develop digital skills, knowledge, and attitudes that lead to empowerment, the adoption of democratic ideals and the development of digital citizenship.

Required Qualifications: To be considered, eligible candidates should have undergraduate and graduate degrees from accredited universities in a related subject. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong methodological background and should be highly proficient in spoken and written English.  The applicants are requested to submit a) their CV, b) a short research proposal explaining their research interests and the motivation for the proposed research project, and c) two letters of recommendation, preferably from University professors (submitted independently and within the application deadline).

Funding: Depending on their field of expertise and qualifications, candidates may be offered teaching assistant positions in the department for lab-based courses. Moreover, funding may be available through on-going research projects.

Research Advisor: Eleni A. Kyza, Associate Professor


  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Investigation of the aspects that promote collaboration and learning through the use of technology”

Description: This Ph.D. thesis will investigate technology-mediated collaboration and learning, using technologies such as mobile devices, the internet, augmented reality technologies, social media, etc. Emphasis will be placed on the investigation of the interaction between social, affective and cognitive dimensions of successful collaborations.

Required Qualifications: To be considered, eligible candidates should have undergraduate and graduate degrees from accredited universities in a related subject. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong methodological background and should be highly proficient in spoken and written English.  The applicants are requested to submit a) their CV, b) a short research proposal explaining their research interests and the motivation for the proposed research project, and c) two letters of recommendation, preferably from University professors (submitted independently and within the application deadline).

Funding: Depending on their field of expertise and qualifications, candidates may be offered teaching assistant positions in the department for lab-based courses. Moreover, funding may be available through on-going research projects.

Research Advisor: Eleni A. Kyza, Associate Professor


  • One (1) post in the following topic: “Development and empirical investigation of mobile and/or augmented reality apps”

Description: This Ph.D. thesis will lead to the development and empirical investigation of inquiry-based learning with mobile and/or augmented reality technologies.

Required Qualifications: To be considered, eligible candidates should have undergraduate and graduate degrees from accredited universities in a related subject. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong methodological background and should be highly proficient in spoken and written English.  The applicants are requested to submit a) their CV, b) a short research proposal explaining their research interests and the motivation for the proposed research project, and c) two letters of recommendation, preferably from University professors (submitted independently and within the application deadline).

Funding: Depending on their field of expertise and qualifications, candidates may be offered teaching assistant positions in the department for lab-based courses. Moreover, funding may be available through on-going research projects.

Research Advisor: Eleni A. Kyza, Associate Professor

ISLS Conference 2021: Paper Acceptance

We are happy to announce that Andria’s Agesilaou and Dr Eleni A. Kyza’s paper “Empowering students to be data literate: The design and implementation of a learning environment to foster critical data literacy” has been accepted to be presented as a full paper at the 2021 ISLS Annual Meeting, as a Full Paper Presentation. The theme of the Conference is “Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future” and it will take place virtually between June 7 to 11, 2021.

Οnline Conference: Digital Education in Cyprus

The Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, in collaboration with the local universities, organized an online conference on “Digital Education in Cyprus“.

The conference included introductory notes by Mr. Prodromos Prodromou, Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, Mr. Kyriacos Kokkinos, Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation, and Digital Policy, and Dr. Athena Michaelidou, Director of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute. 

Associate Professor Eleni A. Kyza, director of the Media Cognition and Learning Research Group and a member of  the national Advisory Committee on eLearning, contributed to the conference with the presentation entitled: “Effective distance education practices: What does the research tell us?”

With the recent shifts to distance and online learning mandated by emergency pandemic measures, this conference aimed to support and strengthen educational efforts to integrate digital technologies in learning.

Beside the suggestions from members of the Advisory Committee on eLearning, during the conference the Ministry also unveiled the policy for digital technology in education and practices applied in schools were also presented by teachers. The video of the conference and links to the presentations (all in Greek) can be found here.

AERA Conference 2021: Paper Acceptance

We are happy to announce that Dr Eleni A. Kyza and Christiana Varda’s paper “Countering the spread of misinformation on informal social media networks: Media Literacy Implications” has been accepted for the 2021 Virtual AERA Annual Meeting, in a Paper Session entitled “Media Literacy in a Time of Crisis”. The theme of the Conference is “Accepting Educational Responsibility” and it will take place virtually between April 9 to 12, 2021.