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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.

Admission for PhD studies, starting January 2021

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

The MCL Research Group (Cyprus University of Technology) accepts applications for two (2) posts at Doctoral level (PhD) that will begin January 2021.

Deadline is Friday, 29th of November 2020. For applications, click here.

For more information (in greek), click here.


  • 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 work will investigate the variables that contribute to technology-mediated collaboration and learning, using technologies such as mobile devices, the internet, augmented reality technologies, social media, etc., either in fully online settings or in hybrid settings. Emphasis will be given on the investigation of the interaction between social, affective and cognitive dimensions of successful collaborations.

Required Qualifications: To be considered, candidates should have an undergraduate and a master’s degree in a related field. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong methodological background and should be highly proficient in spoken and written English. For the application to be evaluated, candidates need to submit the following: a) detailed CV; b) a brief research proposal, in which the candidate describes the motivation and contribution of a research study which falls within their research interests and is related to the topic of the Ph.D. as described above, also providing information on possible research questions and methods; and c) two recommendation letters, preferably from university professors, which should be independently submitted to the University before 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 work will lead to the development and empirical investigation of inquiry-based learning with mobile and/or augmented reality devices.

Required Qualifications: To be considered, candidates should have an undergraduate and a master’s degree in a related field. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong methodological background and should be highly proficient in spoken and written English.  For the application to be evaluated, candidates need to submit the following: a) detailed CV; b) a brief research proposal, in which the candidate describes the motivation and contribution of a research study which falls within their research interests and is related to the topic of the Ph.D. as described above, also providing information on possible research questions and methods; and c) two recommendation letters, preferably from university professors, which should be independently submitted to the University before 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

Appointment in the Advisory Committee on eLearning

We are pleased to announce that Dr Eleni A. Kyza, Media Cognition and Learning Research Group’s Lead, has been selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth to serve in the Advisory Committee on eLearning.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Eleni A. Kyza, Media Cognition and Learning Research Group’s Lead, has been selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth to serve in the Advisory Committee on eLearning. Her expertise in the design of technologies and web-based environments to support situated learning and reflective inquiry will certainly add to a productive dialogue that can inform the shape of digitally-mediated education in Cyprus.

Selected for Participation at ECREA Summer / Winter School 2021

Christiana Varda, PhD student and Research Associate at the Media, Cognition and Learning Research Group has been selected to participate at the ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2020 where she will present her ongoing work focused on  “Online information encounters: Examining the role of critical reasoning in relation to accurate judgments of information on social media”. 

The Summer school was originally to take place at the University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia in July 2020, but due to the coronavirus was moved to January 2021. However, the evolving situation of the pandemic has forced organizers to make the Summer School an online event which will take place virtually across December 2020, January and February 2021.

Call for Proposals “Combating Misinformation through Media Literacy” grants

The Department of Communication and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology, in partnership with…

The Department of Communication and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology, in partnership with the Horizon 2020 Co-Ιnform, project, the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Sport and Yout  and the Embassy of the United States of America in Cyprus, are pleased to announce a call for “Combating Misinformation through Media Literacy” grants.

The call asks for synergies between at least two sectors (journalists, teachers, policymakers, the civil society, etc.) to promote a multilateral approach in addressing the problem of misinformation.

A small number of projects will be selected, with available funding up to 25,000 euros each.

Please review the eligibility, selection criteria, and guidelines in the attached file before submitting an application.

The application deadline is Monday, February 3, 2020 at 23:59 Eastern European Time.

More information about the grants can be found in the call for proposals and online. Submissions can be made in Greek and English.

Please direct questions about this call for proposals to Dr. Eleni Kyza at media.literacy@cut.ac.cy.

Combating Misinformation Through Media Literacy Conference

The Media Learning and Cognition Research Group is pleased to announce the “Combating Misinformation Through Media Literacy” Conference, which aims to raise awareness…

The Media Learning and Cognition Research Group is pleased to announce the “Combating Misinformation Through Media Literacy” Conference, which aims to raise awareness on the role of thinking about the media critically, as well as to provide tools that enable critical thinking about the online media we use. The Conference will feature panel discussions with distinguished speakers that will be open to the public, interactive activities for students, and training workshops for teachers, journalists, youth (ages 18 – 24), and policymakers.

The event is co-organized by the Cyprus University of Technology, the European-funded project Co-Ιnform, the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus, supported by Press and Information Office.

The Conference will take place at the premises of the Cyprus University of Technology on Friday and Saturday, June 7 & 8. Participation is free of charge but registration will be open until May 31.

Workshops will be organized for elementary school students, youth (ages 18-24), school teachers, journalists, fact-checkers, and policymakers. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and pre-registration is required. Participation is free of charge. The students and teachers’ workshops will be conducted in Greek; workshops for journalists and policymakers, as well as panel discussions, will be conducted in English.

More information about the event can be found on the conference website http://medialiteracy.cut.ac.cy/.

MCL publication: The Impact of Materiality on the Design of Mobile, Augmented Reality Learning Environments in Non-formal, Outdoors Settings

The work of MCL Director, Eleni Kyza, and former MCL member, Yiannis Georgiou, has been recently published by Springer in the book  “Emergent Practices and Material Conditions in Learning and Teaching with Technologies”, edited by Teresa Cerratto Pargman and Isa Jahnke.

The chapter is titled “The Impact of Materiality on the Design of Mobile, Augmented Reality Learning Environments in Non-formal, Outdoors Settings”. In this chapter the authors discuss the socio-material aspects of effective learning with mobile Augmented Reality technologies in non-formal and outdoor learning conditions and emphasize that, as the field is still new, there is a need to consider optimal designs to enable and facilitate student learning.

The full citation of the chapter is:

Kyza, E. A., & Georgiou, Y. (2019). The Impact of Materiality on the Design of Mobile, Augmented Reality Learning Environments in Non-formal, Outdoors Settings. In T.C. Pargman & I. Jahnke (Eds) Emergent Practices and Material Conditions in Learning and Teaching with Technologies (pp. 183-197). Springer, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-10764-2

The book explores the complexities of interacting with digital technologies in the everyday flow of practices in schools, museums, and the home. This effort first begun at the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning conference (CSCL) workshops, “Changing Teaching and Learning Practices in Schools with Tablet-Mediated Collaborative Learning: Nordic, European and International Views” and the workshop “Emergent Practices and Material Conditions in Tablet-mediated Collaborative Learning and Teaching”.

You can find the full content of the chapter and the book online.


Update 02/11/2020: Read an insightful review of the book “Emergent Practices and Material Conditions in Learning and Teaching with Technologies” by Ylva Lindberg

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:

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.

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.