All Posts By

cisadmin

JOUREDIS Workshop 6

Workshop 6: Communicating science in challenging times

Date: 21 December 2022, 16:00-17:00 EET (online)
Guest speakers:
Dr Thanasis Hadzilacos is an adjunct Professor at the Cyprus Institute where he works for the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate Change Initiative. Before that he taught Computer Science and Educational Technology at Patras University, the University of Thessaly, the Hellenic Open University and the Open University of Cyprus. He worked on Misinformation in the project “Antibodies to Misinformation” and  CyberSafety iii.
Dr Dimitra Milioni, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, and the Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies at the Cyprus University of Technology.
Dr Paschalia (Lia) Spyridou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Communication at the Cyprus University of Technology.
Trainer: Christiana Varda, Research Associate and PhD Student at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology

Registration

The recent COP27 summit highlighted the urgency of taking immediate action to address the climate crisis. World leaders have pledged to reduce carbon emissions, but doing so in a way that makes a meaningful change towards safeguarding a sustainable future, requires a new economic order, which will ultimately have a societal impact. Such challenging times are defined by uncertainty, and create an environment that is ripe for misinformation that people may fall prey to as they seek to understand how such policymaking decisions impact them. Engaging people in the public understanding of science, especially in crucial issues such as the climate crisis, emerges as a pressing need, and journalists have a key role to play in this.

This workshop will focus on two challenges facing journalists and the public today: communicating science effectively and combating misinformation. Dr Hadzilacos will discuss how journalists can raise awareness, increase the interest and engage the public in issues concerning the climate by communicating science effectively. Dr Spyridou and Dr Milioni will present the Greek edition of the UNESCO handbook on journalism, fake news and disinformation. We will conclude with a presentation by Eleni Kyza and Christiana Varda, on what laypeople perceive as persuasive communication on social media, based on a study that has been conducted with 242 participants from Cyprus.

Read More

Job Vacancy: Part-time Research Fellow position

Applications are invited from candidates who possess the necessary qualifications in order to fill one (1) Part-time Research Fellow position (Postgraduate Associate / Assistant Researcher A or Postdoctoral Researcher) in the field of Teachers’ Digital Literacy with the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, at the Cyprus University of Technology.

Responsibilities

The successful applicant(s) will help implement a research programme on teachers’ digital literacy with the Media, Cognition and Learning Research Group. In addition, they will perform project management work, and other administrative duties, related to the projects they are assigned to.

Qualifications

The applicants should have:

  • At a minimum, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Educational Technology, Psychology or the Learning Sciences.
  • Strong background in research methods.
  • Excellent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis software.
  • Very good language and communication / implementation skills.
  • Demonstrated good knowledge of the Greek and English languages (spoken and written)

The following will be considered as an advantage:

  1. Prior experience in research in a related field.
  2. Prior participation in funded national or European research programmes.
  3. Publications in peer-reviewed journals or conferences (as main authors or co-authors of journal articles published in peer-reviewed journals)

Applicants with a Ph.D. degree are also encouraged to apply. Knowledge of the Greek language is desirable but not required. Residency in Cyprus is required.

Τhe appointment will be for a period of six (6) months with the prospect of renewal. The monthly gross salary for the position will be between €1200 and €1566,57 according to qualifications. It is noted that there is provision for 13th salary (the cost of the 13th salary has been proportionally incorporated in the monthly remuneration as analyzed above).

Applicants are requested to submit the following:

  1. A cover letter with which they express their interest for the job opening and state the date they can take over responsibilities
  2. A summary of their research experience (up to two (2) pages) in English
  3. A complete curriculum vitae (in English and in Greek)
  4. Transcripts for their BSc, MSc, or/and PhD degrees and any other proof of qualifications
  5. The names and contact information of two people who are willing to provide references
  6. Complete contact information

Applications must be sent via email at: HRrecruits@cut.ac.cy with the subject: “Application for Research Associate Position with the Digital Literacy project” no later than Wednesday, November 16, 2022, which is the deadline for the submission of the applications.

For further information, please visit the University’s webpage at https://www.cut.ac.cy or contact Dr. Eleni Kyza at Eleni.Kyza [at] cut.ac.cy

It is noted that:

  • The University adopts an equal opportunity policy at recruitment and the subsequent career stages and encourages both genders to submit an application for all levels of Academic and Administrative Staff.
  • The University does not discriminate in any way on the basis of gender, religion or belief, ethnic, national or social origin, age, physical ability, marital status and sexual orientation.

First Annual Greek Speaking Conference of Communication Labs – Program (Greek)

1ο Ετήσιο Ελληνόφωνο Συνέδριο Εργαστηρίων Επικοινωνίας – Πρόγραμμα Διαδικτυακού Δωρεάν Συνεδρίου Εργαστηρίων Επικοινωνίας cclabs2022, 25 και 26/6

Αυτό το Σάββατο 25/6 και την Κυριακή 26/6 θα πραγματοποιηθεί το δωρεάν διαδικτυακό πρώτο συνέδριο Εργαστηρίων Επικοινωνίας – www.cclabs.gr – που συνίδρυσαν και συνδιοργανώνουν ΔΕΚΑΤΡΙΑ (13) Εργαστήρια Επικοινωνίας σε Ελλάδα και Κύπρο, αναμεσά τους η Ερευνητική Ομάδα Νέα Μέσα, Νόηση, και Μάθηση του Τμήματος Επικοινωνίας και Σπουδών Διαδικτύου.

Το Σάββατο 25/6 10:00 το cclabs2022 θα μεταδοθεί σε ζωντανή ροή από τον ακόλουθο σύνδεσμο: https://youtu.be/GO8myw6cP9E

Την Κυριακή 26/6 9:00 το cclabs2022 θα μεταδοθεί σε ζωντανή ροή από τον ακόλουθο σύνδεσμο: https://youtu.be/V52iKEkarUk

Σκοπός του Συνεδρίου cclabs είναι να προωθήσει τον γόνιμο και δημιουργικό διάλογο ανάμεσα στα Εργαστήρια Επικοινωνίας και Ενημέρωσης ελληνικών και κυπριακών πανεπιστημίων, στα μέλη της πανεπιστημιακής κοινότητας, σε ακαδημαϊκούς επιστήμονες, ερευνητές, φοιτητές, αποφοίτους, φορείς και εκπαιδευτικούς για να ανταλλάξουν ευρύτερους προβληματισμούς και να μοιραστούν τις εμπειρίες και τα ερευνητικά τους αποτελέσματα σε διάφορες πτυχές της επικοινωνίας και ενημέρωσης μέσω της χρήσης ήχου, εικόνας και κειμένου στα γνωστικά αντικείμενα της δημοσιογραφίας, πληροφόρησης, πολιτισμού και εκπαίδευσης.

Όσες/οι παρακολουθήσουν το συνέδριο (στο youtube -www.cclabs.gr-) θα λάβουν βεβαιώσεις παρακολούθησης.

Το πρόγραμμα του συνεδρίου: https://ionio.gr/download.php?f=24000-24999/IU-nf-24301-38756-gr.pdf

ISLS 2022 Best Student Paper Nomination

We are happy to announce that Christiana Varda and Dr Eleni Kyza’s submission “The Role of Epistemic Emotions During Engagement with Online Information Encounters” was nominated for Best Student Paper Award at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS 2022).

The theme of the Conference was “International Collaboration toward Educational Innovation for All: Overarching Research, Development, and Practices” and it took place virtually from June 6-10, 2022. The submission was presented as a full paper.

Download and read the submission in the ISLS 2022 Continue Reading

CCLABS conference 2022: Papers Acceptance

We are happy to announce that the Media Cognition and Learning Research Group will be presenting two papers at the First Annual Greek Speaking Conference of Communication Labs, which will take place 25-26 June 2022, online.

Dr Yiannis Georgiou and Dr Eleni A. Kyza’s paper “Ιnvestigating the coupling between locality and digital narrative in AR immersive learning experiences” (Διερευνώντας τη σύνδεση φυσικού χώρου-ψηφιακής αφήγησης σε μαθησιακές εμπειρίες εμβύθισης μέσω επαυξημένης πραγματικότητας) has been accepted.

Additionally, Markos Souropetsis and Dr Eleni A. Kyza’s paper “CompARe: Design and development of a gamified mixed reality learning environment for cultural heritage sites ” (CompARe: Σχεδιασμός και ανάπτυξη ενός παιχνιδοποιημένου μαθησιακού περιβάλλοντος μικτής πραγματικότητας σε χώρους πολιτισμικής κληρονομιάς) has been accepted.

Elected Membership in the International Learning Sciences Student Association Committee

We are happy to announce that Christiana Varda, a PhD student at the Media Cognition and Learning Research Group, has been elected Communications Officer of the International Learning Sciences Student Association Committee.

Christiana will serve a one-year term in the position, and her term will be inaugurated at the 2022 International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Conference.

First Annual Greek Speaking Conference of Communication Labs (Greek)

Σε μια εποχή έντονων προκλήσεων για την επιστήμη της επικοινωνίας στις 25 και 26 Ιουνίου 2022 με τη σύμπραξη 12 Εργαστηρίων με έδρα τους 7 Πανεπιστημιακά Τμήματα Επικοινωνίας σε Ελλάδα και Κύπρο (αναμεσά τους η Ερευνητική Ομάδα Νέα Μέσα, Νόηση, και Μάθηση του Τμήματος Επικοινωνίας και Σπουδών Διαδικτύου) θα πραγματοποιηθεί το πρώτο Ετήσιο Ελληνόφωνο Συνέδριο Εργαστηρίων Επικοινωνίας cclabs2022 με βασικό θεματικό τίτλο «Η περιβαλλοντική επικοινωνία με χρήση ήχου, εικόνας και κειμένου για δημοσιογραφία/πληροφόρηση/πολιτισμό/εκπαίδευση».

Το συνέδριο θα πραγματοποιηθεί Σάββατο & Κυριακή, 25 & 26 Ιουνίου, διαδικτυακά και χωρίς κόστος εγγραφής.

Βασικός διοργανωτής για το 2022 είναι το εργαστήριο «Νέων Μέσων Επικοινωνίας και Ευχρηστίας» (Τμήμα Ψηφιακών Μέσων και Επικοινωνίας, Ιόνιο Πανεπιστήμιο).

Υποβολή εκτεταμένης περίληψης μέχρι Σάββατο 28/5/2022.

Υποβολή εργασιών: https://easychair.org/account/signin?l=6I0GWnCVW7KiE9tqGZadgr
Ιστοσελίδα συνεδρίου: http://cclabs.gr/
Δείτε ένα σύντομο βίντεο για το συνέδριο εδώ: https://fb.watch/cGAohxnxGi

JOUREDIS Workshop 5

Workshop 5: Fact-checking as a means of addressing misinformation and its role in contemporary journalism

Date: 5 May 2022, 16:00-18:00 (online)
Guest speakers: Andronikos Koutroumbelis & Stamos Archontis, Fact Checkers at Ellinika Ηoaxes
Trainer: Christiana Varda, Research Associate and PhD Student at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology

Registration

In this workshop we will explain what the term fact-checking entails at a practical level, and how a modern fact-checking team operates. We will also present the tools used for verifying information and the dangers that emerge from misinformative contexts such as the pandemic. We will also elaborate on how Facebook’s third party fact-checking program (3PFC) operates, and the misconceptions that exist around the role that different groups on social media play (e.g. fact-checkers, journalists, news organizations). Finally, there will be a discussion with the public to clarify concepts related to the fact-checking process and to resolve any questions that may arise during the presentation.

Read More

Admission for PhD studies, starting September 2022

The MCL Research Group (Cyprus University of Technology) accepts applications for one post at Doctoral level (PhD) that will begin September 2022.

The MCL Research Group (Cyprus University of Technology) accepts applications for one (1) post at Doctoral level (PhD) that will begin September 2022.

Deadline is Monday, 2nd of May 2022. For applications, click here.

For more information, click here.


One (1) post in the following topic: “Digital competencies for promoting the self-regulation of learning and teaching in distance or hybrid learning settings”.

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the role of digital education in modern times and emphasized the importance of digital competencies for educators and students of all levels. The need to change traditional learning and teaching models is now more evident than ever; at the same time, it is evident that there is a need to explore the elements that can contribute to upgrading the quality of online learning and teaching. The aim of this dissertation is to explore the digital competencies and skills that can contribute to collaboration and the self-regulation of learning and teaching, in the context of technology-supported hybrid learning environments. A potential area of inquiry may, for example, be the kinds of support that teachers (at the higher, secondary, or primary school level) need to identify and support the needs of students in distance or hybrid learning settings. The exact topic will be determined in collaboration with the student. Fields of application can be university courses, MOOCs, gamified learning environments, or a combination thereof.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited university on a topic that is relevant to the advertised area (e.g., Education or Psychology or ICT), and a Master’s degree in a subject which complements the knowledge and skills acquired during the basic studies in any one of the above three areas (e.g., educational technology). Applicants should demonstrate strong academic and methodological background, as evidenced by their CV and university transcripts, and a very good knowledge of spoken and written English. The applicants are requested to submit: (a) A cover page briefly explaining their interest in the position, (b) their CV in English or Greek, (c) a preliminary research proposal in relation to the description of the position, in English and Greek (up to 2 pages), (d) two letters of recommendation, preferably from university professors.

Funding: For the above position there is the intention by the Department to involve PhD candidates, contingent on their background, as teaching assistants, or offer them employment in research programs for partial coverage of tuition fees.

Research Advisor: Eleni A. Kyza, Associate Professor

EARLI SIG 8 & 16: Summer School Acceptance

Christiana Varda, PhD student and Research Associate at the Media, Cognition and Learning Research Group, has been selected to participate at EARLI Joint SIG 8 & 16 Summer School 2022, where she will present her ongoing work focused on “Informal learning on social media: Understanding the role of emotions in supporting epistemic engagement during online information evaluation”.

The Summer school is offered as part of the European Association for Learning and Instruction Special Interest Groups for Emotion and Motivation (SIG 8) and Metacognition (SIG16) will take place in Dresden, Germany in August 2022.