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THREE-DAY WORKSHOP ON THE USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES IN ADULT EDUCATION WITH APPLICATIONS TO THE GREEN AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The three-day workshop “Training the Trainers” which took place within the framework of the research project INGENIOUS-“Strengthening Digital Pedagogy Skills and Competences Of Educators” which is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union was finalized successfully in November 2022. The event was organized by the Laboratory of Knowledge & Intelligent Computing (KIC), of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Ioannina, with the participation of the six project partners from Italy, Bulgaria, Latvia and Slovenia.

The workshop activities took place from Monday, November 7, 2022 to Wednesday, November 9, 2022 in the lecture hall of the Library on the Arta Campus. Many distinguished academics and researchers accepted the invitation of KIC to present issues related to the use of digital technologies in education, as well as the implementation of the green and circular economy model.

During the first day of the three-day event, the circle of speeches was opened by Dr. Athanasios Christopoulos, who presented the new trends in the field of education using machine learning models. Prof. Vangelis Papadakis followed, presenting the application of the circular economy, as implemented in the CIRCLab of Western Greece. The first day ended with the speaker Mr. Nick Emery representative of the Italian “Sistemi Formativi Confindustria” who presented ways of integrating Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies into educational practice.

During the second day, Prof. Nikolaos Korres demonstrated ways through which Precision Agriculture essentially serves the idea of sustainable agricultural production. Afterwards, Prof. Christakis Paraskeva took the floor and presented cases of beneficial reuse – after treatment – of various agricultural wastes. Ms. Vida Perko representative of the “Styrian Tecnnology Park” from Slovenia presented practical cases of the application of the Moodle digital educational platform in the teaching practice of her organization, as well as the possibilities offered by this digital tool. Afterwards, Ms. Mary Styliou from KIC, carried out a detailed demonstration of the educational platform, implemented as part of the project. The series of speeches on the second day closed by Prof. Vasia Liagou who spoke about the need to safeguard the privacy of users of an educational platform, as well as their protection from cyber attacks.

The first speech of the third and last day of the workshop was given by Dr. Stelios Mystakidis offering the direction of applying Metaverse in educational practice. Continuing, Mr. Dimitris Salmas, partner of KIC, eloquently presented the concept of Microteaching as a new trend in education promoted at a European level. Prof. Paraskevi Beza presented in detail the wide range of applications of digital technologies in the agricultural sector, offering a multitude of smart solutions.

The three-day workshop concluded its activities with a discussion among the participants about the perspectives that are opening up, but also the challenges that remain to be addressed.

During the three-day workshop, a visit was made to the premises of KIC in Arta, and specifically to the Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory, where the guests had the opportunity to test implemented scenarios for the use of virtual reality in education.

 

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INGENIOUS project belongs to the Erasmus+ program category, KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, and specifically to KA226: Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness.