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Co-inform: Fighting misinformation New research grant at the CUT

Although the phenomenon of misinformation is not new, it has taken on major political and social dimensions due to the role of online social media and the impact of the Internet on the dissemination of information. The Department of Communication and Internet Studies at the Cyprus University of Technology, as the first academic department of its kind in Cyprus, contributes to the effort to explore ways of addressing misinformation by participating as a partner in the “Co-creating Misinformation Resilient Societies” (grant agreement 770302) funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

Co-inform, which received a grant of more than 4 million euros for three years (2018-2021), brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers and experts in computer science, behavioural science, and social sciences, in an effort to fight misinformation through the development of digital tools for identifying fake news, understanding and predicting which misinformation content is likely to be spread across online platforms, and contributing to the decrease of misinformation and formulation of misconceptions. These tools will be piloted in three of the participating countries and the results will be publicly disseminated.

The consortium involves the following partners:

The Department of Communication and Internet Studies leads the evaluation work package of the Co-inform project, and participates in all of the work packages. The local team consists of Associate Professor Eleni A. Kyza, Assistant Professor Evangelos Karapanos, Assistant Professor Dionysis Panos, and PhD students Andria Agesilaou, Christiana Varda, Loukas Konstantinou, Melina Karageorgiou and Markos Souropetsis.

Find out more about the Co-inform project by visiting the official website or the social network sites:

Co-inform

Co-inform is an EU-funded project in which the Department of Communication and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is involved. Co-inform is a collaboration between universities and SMEs in seven European countries (Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Spain, Sweden, UK) aiming to empower citizens, journalists and policy makers through co-created socio-technical solutions, to increase resilience to misinformation and fake news by generating more informed behaviors and policies.

Co-inform brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers and experts in computer science, behavioural science, and sociology in an effort to fight misinformation through the development of digital tools for identifying fake news, understanding and predicting which misinformation content is likely to be spread across online platforms, and contributing to the decrease of misinformation and formulation of misconceptions. These tools will be piloted in three of the participating countries.

The consortium involves the following partners:

Stockholm University, Cyprus University of Technology, Open University UK, University of Koblenz, FactCheckNI, Expert System Iberia, International Hellenic University, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, and Scytl.

Find out more about the Co-inform project on the official website.

Focus: Co-create tools with citizens, journalists and policy-makers to foster critical thinking and digital literacy to fight misinformation for a better-informed society

Funding: European-funded project

Status: On-going

IoT for Education

The project named “IoT for Education: Air Quality matters” (IoT4ED) is part of a larger Horizon 2020 funded program aiming to enhance physical environments with IoT platforms and applications, thus contributing to the development of of smart and connected environments (i.e. smart city, smart campus, intelligent transportation, etc).

The MCL Research group in collaboration with the Internet of Things Lab (IoTLab) have developed an IoT-based mobile application for secondary school students, aimed to promote environmental awareness about air pollution and an understanding of how the “Internet of Things” works. The mobile application co-designed with students and tested in secondary schools in Limassol (to evaluate the usability and impact of the app). The mobile app communicates with the platforms and databases which collect data from other cities in the EU and  also displays environmental data from Limassol.

The CUT team which worked on IoT4ED consists of Dr. Lambros Lambrinos, Dr. Eleni A. Kyza, Andria Agesilaou, Loucas Constantinou, and Markos Souropetsis from the Department of Communication and Internet Studies at CUT.

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Focus: Development of an IoT-based mobile application for secondary school students, aimed to promote environmental awareness about air pollution

Funding: European-funded project

Status: Completed

MCL participation in the recent Special Issue of the School Science Review

The Media, Cognition, and Learning (MCL) Research Group participated in the recent Special Issue (Issue 371) of the School Science Review (SSR) under the theme of “Science with and for society”. The SSR Special Issue focused on the notion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).  The Special Issue was co-edited by the Journal Editor Geoff Auty and the PARRISE consortium members Ralph Levinson, Ruth Amos, Marie-Christine Knippels (PARRISE coordinator), and Eleni Kyza. The MCL Research Group contribution was titled “Antibiotics in livestock: introducing in-service teachers to the nature of contemporary socio-scientific controversies” and was co-authored by Eleni Kyza, Yiannis Georgiou, Andreas Hadjichambis and Andria Agesilaou.

The publication presented an experiential learning activity which was developed and enacted at the outset of a Teacher Professional Development programme in the context of the European project PARRISE (Promoting Attainment of Responsible Research & Innovation in Science Education). The was to introduce the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation to teachers and students at the primary and secondary science education levels.

The full citation of the journal publication is as follows:

Kyza, E. A., Georgiou, Y., Hadjichambis, A., & Agesilaou, A. (2018). Antibiotics in livestock: Introducing in-service teachers to the nature of contemporary, socio-scientific controversies. School Science Review100(371), 53-58.

The publication can be accessed online here.

MCL participation in the EARLI SIG20 & SIG26 conference

The Media, Cognition, and Learning (MCL) Research Group had  a strong presence during the EARLI SIG 20-26 Conference at Jerusalem, held between 9-12 of October 2018.  In particular, the conference was attended by Associate Professor Eleni A. Kyza (Coordinator of the MCL research group, Secretary/Treasurer of the EARLI organization), Dr. Yiannis Georgiou (Ph.D. graduate of MCL and JURE coordinator of the EARLI SIG 20), as well as by Mr. Markos Souropetsis and Ms. Andria Agesilaou (doctoral students in MCL).

The coordinator of the MCL research group, Dr. Eleni Kyza, who was invited as a keynote speaker,  delivered an inspiring talk entitled “Transforming learning and teaching through inquiry for responsible citizenship”. Her keynote presentation triggered an interesting conversation between the conference participants about citizenship education, the role of learning technologies and designed learning environments, and the contribution of inquiry-based pedagogy to cultivating informed, responsible citizens.

Dr. Yiannis Georgiou gave a paper presentation on how inquiry-based Augmented Reality (AR) field investigations can be enhanced with physical objects, and thus contribute to students’ increased immersion and subsequent learning. This work was a follow-up study, based on his doctoral dissertation findings on immersion in relation students’ learning in AR location-based settings. Finally,  Mr. Markos Souropetsis delivered a poster presentation sharing some preliminary findings from his ongoing Ph.D. research. In particular, Markos’ Ph.D. research is focused on the investigation of upper elementary school students’ co-construction of knowledge in non-formal learning contexts, during the collaborative use of an AR learning environment at a cultural heritage site.

For more information about the MCL presentations and research work contact us!

ESERA – Yiannis Georgiou doctoral thesis

Doctoral thesis: “Investigating immersion in relation to science learning in location-based augmented reality settings”

The doctoral thesis of Dr. Yiannis Georgiou has been recently published in the ESERA’s bank of European science education abstracts of doctoral theses. The doctoral thesis is focused on the investigation of immersion in relation to science learning in location-based augmented reality settings, and has been supervised by the Coordinator of the MCL research group, Dr. Eleni A. Kyza.

You can read the abstract of the thesis and find additional information about the doctoral dissertation here.

Summer club for 5th-9th graders

The MCL Research group participated in the 2018 CUT Summer Club with fun educational activities for 5th-9th graders.

The younger participants (5th & 6th grade)  had the opportunity to: (a) practice their coding skills and develop interactive stories with the Scratch program, (b) participate in the evaluation of a mobile AR learning environment (“CompARe”) which supports a collaborative inquiry learning scenario about a unique 6th century wall mosaic, (c) engage in creative writing activities and challenges.

The activities designed by the MCL group during the summer club, aimed to unleash students’ creativity, develop their collaboration skills, and cultivate a team-working spirit, while also being lots and lots of fun.

Another major goal of the MCL activities, in collaboration with the Internet of Things lab at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, was to familiarize students with the most trending educational technologies, like augmented reality and the Internet of Things (IoT).  Older students (7th-9th grade) were introduced to the applications of IoT and participated in co-design sessions contributing to the development of an IoT-based mobile application about air quality.

Meeting between members of the Cyprus University of Technology, Nanyang Technological University, and Nelson Mandela University in Cyprus

The MCL Research group, at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies (CIS) of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), organized a meeting on 27.6.2018 with Associate Professor Yiyu Cai from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Dr Sue Patratos from the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. The members of the MCL group had the opportunity to present information on the CIS Department at CUT to the visiting professors, and discuss the group’s current research projects. The participants had a fruitful discussion on the latest trends on innovative technologies for learning such as Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things. The meeting set the basis for possible new collaborations between the three universities!

Research grant at CUT: “IoT for Education: Air Quality matters”

The MCL Research group in collaboration with the Internet of Things Lab (IoTLab) of the Department of Communication and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), have been awarded a 6-month grant to work on developing illustrative cases on how to integrate “Internet of Things” (IoT) in secondary education.

The project named “IoT for Education: Air Quality matters” (IoT4ED) is part of a larger Horizon 2020 funded program aiming to enhance physical environments with IoT platforms and applications, thus contributing to the development of of smart and connected environments (i.e. smart city, smart campus, intelligent transportation, etc).

The Cyprus University of Technology team will work on the development of an IoT-based mobile application for secondary school students, aiming to promote environmental awareness about air pollution and an understanding of how the “Internet of Things” works. The mobile application will be co-designed with students and will be tested in secondary schools in Limassol to evaluate the usability and impact of the app. The mobile app will communicate with the platforms and databases which collect data from other cities in the EU and will also display environmental data from Limassol.

The CUT team which will work on IoT4ED consists of Dr. Lambros Lambrinos, Dr. Eleni A. Kyza, Andria Agesilaou, Loucas Constantinou, and Markos Souropetsis from the Department of Communication and Internet Studies at CUT.

Master Program 2018 (Greek)

Το πρόγραμμα “Νέες Τεχνολογίες Μάθησης και Επικοινωνίας

  • Απευθύνεται σε όσους ενδιαφέρονται να κατανοήσουν καλύτερα την  επίδραση των νέων τεχνολογιών σε τυπικά και άτυπα περιβάλλοντα
    μάθησης και διδασκαλίας
  • Χρήση καινοτόμων τεχνολογιών και νέων μέσων για προώθηση της μάθησης
  • Εναλλακτικοί τρόποι φοίτησης μέσω τεχνολογιών εξ αποστάσεως μάθησης
  • Αναγνωρισμένο από την Εκπαιδευτική Υπηρεσία Κύπρου
  • Διανύει επιτυχώς το έβδομο έτος λειτουργίας του
  • Μειωμένα δίδακτρα ύψους €4100 για το σύνολο του προγράμματος
  • Τελευταία ημερομηνία υποβολής ηλεκτρονικών αιτήσεων 31/3/2018.
    https://www.cut.ac.cy/studies/masters/applying/