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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.

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/

Summer Club for 5th-8th graders (Greek)

Η ερευνητική ομάδα Νέα Μέσα, Νόηση, και Μάθηση [Media, Cognition & Learning Research Group] του Τμήματος Επικοινωνίας και Σπουδών Διαδικτύου του Τεχνολογικού Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου [ΤΕΠΑΚ] ανακοινώνει ότι έχουν πληρωθεί όλες οι διαθέσιμες θέσεις για τον καλοκαιρινό όμιλο για μαθητές Ε΄-Στ΄ Δημοτικού και Α΄-Β΄ Γυμνασίου. Ως εκ τούτου δεν δεχόμαστε πλέον νέες αιτήσεις για φέτος. Σας ευχαριστούμε για το ενδιαφέρον σας!

The Media, Cognition & Learning [MCL] research group announces that it will no longer accept any additional applications for its July 2017 summer club, as all spaces have been filed. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your interest in this summer club.


The Media, Cognition & Learning [MCL] research group invites applications for its summer club, which will take place between July 17-21, 2017, at the campus of the Cyprus University of Technology in the center of Limassol.  The summer club will be conducted in Greek and will include STEAM activities, focusing on science, technology and culture.  Applicants should be concluding their studies in grades 5-8 this summer and should be fluent Greek speakers.

The basic goal of the Summer Club is to provide students the opportunity to participate in a variety of innovative educational activities related to new technologies for learning.  For instance, students will have the opportunity to take part in a repertoire of innovative educational activities, such as socio-scientific investigations employing augmented reality applications and digital games.

The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, June 30th.  


Η ερευνητική ομάδα Νέα Μέσα, Νόηση, και Μάθηση [Media, Cognition & Learning Research Group] του Τμήματος Επικοινωνίας και Σπουδών Διαδικτύου του Τεχνολογικού Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου [ΤΕΠΑΚ] διοργανώνει καλοκαιρινό όμιλο για μαθητές που έχουν ολοκληρώσει κατά τη φετινή σχολική χρονιά την Ε΄-Στ΄ Δημοτικού και Α΄-Β΄ Γυμνασίου.

Ο καλοκαιρινός όμιλος θα είναι διάρκειας μιας βδομάδας και θα λειτουργήσει από τη Δευτέρα, 17/7/2017, μέχρι και την Παρασκευή, 21/7/2017, από τις 8:00 π.μ. μέχρι τις 2:00 μ.μ. Στο πλαίσιο του ομίλου οι μαθητές θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να συμμετάσχουν σε εκπαιδευτικές δραστηριότητες στο Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου στη Λεμεσό.  Οι δραστηριότητες του ομίλου θα επικεντρωθούν σε θέματα ψηφιακής μάθησης και επικοινωνίας.

Οι μαθητές που επιθυμούν να συμμετάσχουν χρειάζεται να είναι παρόντες καθ’ όλη τη διάρκεια της λειτουργίας του καλοκαιρινού ομίλου, ώστε να διασφαλίζεται η συνεχής και συστηματική επαφή τους με τις εκπαιδευτικές δραστηριότητες που θα διεξαχθούν. Στους μαθητές που θ’ ανταποκριθούν με επιτυχία στις απαιτήσεις του καλοκαιρινού ομίλου θα δοθεί σχετικό πιστοποιητικό συμμετοχής.

Παρακαλούμε όσους μαθητές ενδιαφέρονται να συμμετάσχουν όπως συμπληρώσουν τη σχετική αίτηση συμμετοχής μέχρι και τις 30/6/2017 και να την αποστείλουν μέσω ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου στο mcl.cyprus@gmail.com ή μέσω φαξ στο 25002695. Ο καλοκαιρινός όμιλος θα φιλοξενήσει 20 συνολικά μαθητές και για την επιλογή των μαθητών θα ακολουθηθεί σειρά προτεραιότητας.

Όσοι μαθητές επιλεγούν θα κληθούν να πληρώσουν ένα τέλος εγγραφής 45 ευρώ.  Στο τέλος εγγραφής συμπεριλαμβάνεται και η παροχή κολατσιού κατά το πρωινό διάλειμμα. Οι μαθητές θα πρέπει να διευθετήσουν το δικό τους τρόπο μεταφοράς προς και από το σημείο συνάντησης που θα είναι μπροστά από το Δημαρχείο Λεμεσού.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το πρόγραμμα του καλοκαιρινού ομίλου μπορείτε να βρείτε στο συνημμένο αρχείο.

Μπορείτε να κατεβάσετε την αίτηση συμμετοχής για τον καλοκαιρινό όμιλο επιλέγοντας τον ακόλουθο υπερσύνδεσμο.