ESSA kick off Meeting

essa-kickOn the 2nd of December 2020, the Hellenic Open University and in particular, the DAISSy research Group, participated in the virtual kick-off meeting of the ESSA project.

The European Software Skills Alliance (ESSA), an alliance of 26 software sector partners, brings together key industry and education stakeholders from across the domain. Following the European Commission’s call, the ESSA partners will work together to design and implement the new Software Skills Strategy and VET curriculum for Europe that will tackle the current and future skills shortages in the European Software Sector, driving the growth of software in Europe.

A data-driven Software Skills Strategy based on market needs

The shift from hardware to software is enabling a broader range of new services, accompanied by emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT), Blockchain and Cybersecurity. These are driving the high demand for software in Europe and globally, and consequently the growing demand for more professionals in software services.

The ESSA, led by DIGITALEUROPE, unites leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) representative bodies, software services employers, education and training providers from VET and Higher Education, qualifications regulatory bodies including national accreditation agencies, and a broad selection of stakeholders and social partners from across the industry.

HOU is responsible for contributing to the development of software skills, evaluation and piloting of results.

All partners will work together to ensure that the new Software Skills Strategy is driven by employers’ demand for software skills and combines VET education provision and work-based learning initiatives to implement fast-track upskilling and reskilling. The new strategy and VET solution are directly linked with recognised European instruments, tools and standards enabling skills and career development in general. In addition, new mechanisms will be included to ensure the continuous implementation across programme countries throughout four years of the project and beyond its completion.

New EU-wide VET solution to tackle software skills shortage

The rapidly increasing skills gap and ever-changing technical requirements make it difficult for education and training to keep up. In other words, the growing demand for skilled specialists in software services cannot be fulfilled by the current education and training programmes. Technological innovation has changed the paradigm of the way software and IT infrastructure are being designed, delivered and managed, such as automation or growing software support functions. Therefore, shorter and more efficient education cycles are needed. VET is considered as an applicable format, which enables better alignment with industry and employers’ needs in real time and more flexible learning pathways.

With a focus on advanced digital and ICT professional skills in the area of software services, the ESSA aims to develop innovative and comprehensive VET curriculum customised for various role and job profiles and underlying competences, knowledge and skills needed in the sector. An analysis of market and business needs will be conducted at the beginning of the project in order to prepare a concrete data-based foundation for the development and implementation of both the Software Skills Strategy and the VET programmes. The curriculum and learning materials will equip learners with up-to-date knowledge and skills required to perform advanced digital and ICT professional competences as well as recognised certifications that are transferable across the EU.

For a sustainable development beyond the end of the ESSA project, a long-term strategy will be developed for the ongoing expansion of the Alliance as well as the continuous improvements of the Software Skills Strategy and VET programmes. Additionally, a European Software Skills Community will be created to provide an online platform for expert reviews and exchange of ideas and best practices among the wide software sector and VET community, ensuring the EU-wide adoption and exploitation of the project’s outcomes.

Stay tuned for more information about the project!

STEAMonEdu ME1 poster (3)

Διαδικτυακή Ημερίδα: Το Πλαίσιο Ικανοτήτων Εκπαιδευτικών Για Εκπαίδευση STE(A)M

STEAMonEdu ME1 poster (3)Παρασκευή 4 Δεκεμβρίου – Ώρα: 17:00 – 19:00

Η Ερευνητική Ομάδα DAISSy του ΕΑΠ, σε συνεργασία με το ΙΤΥΕ «Διόφαντος» και το ΠΕΚΕΣ Δυτ. Ελλάδας, διοργανώνει διαδικτυακή ημερίδα με θέμα “Το πλαίσιο ανάπτυξης Ικανοτήτων των Εκπαιδευτικών για Εκπαίδευση STE(A)M”. Το συντονισμό της Ημερίδας έχουν οι Δρ. Σπυρίδων Παπαδάκης, Οργανωτικός Συντονιστής ΠΕΚΕΣ Δυτικής Ελλάδας και Δρ. Αχιλλέας Καμέας, Καθηγητής ΕΑΠ.

Η Ημερίδα διεξάγεται στο πλαίσιο του έργου “STEAMonEdu: Competence development of STE(A)M educators through online tools and communities” ( και απευθύνεται σε εκπαιδευτικούς και εκπαιδευτές όλων των βαθμίδων που ασχολούνται ή ενδιαφέρονται να ασχοληθούν με την εκπαίδευση STE(A)M, ερευνητές και μεταπτυχιακούς φοιτητές, διευθυντές σχολικών μονάδων, παρόχους επαγγελματικής εκπαίδευσης και κατάρτισης αλλά και σε οποιοδήποτε άτομο ενδιαφέρεται να ενημερωθεί σχετικά με τη τέχνη της εκπαίδευσης STE(A)M.

Η Ημερίδα θα λάβει χώρα διαδικτυακά μέσω της πλατφόρμας Webex Meetings (για τα πρώτα 1000 άτομα που θα εγγραφούν). Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για την Ημερίδα θα βρείτε εδώ. Το Πρόγραμμα της Ημερίδας βρίσκεται εδώ.

Η συμμετοχή είναι δωρεάν. Όσα άτομα συμμετάσχουν θα λάβουν βεβαίωση παρακολούθησης. Οι κωδικοί και η βεβαίωση συμμετοχής θα σταλούν μόνο σε όσα άτομα εγγραφούν στην Ημερίδα.

Εγγραφείτε στην Ημερίδα εδώ.


Online event “The DELTA project and the digital skills in Culture and Archeology”

The DAISSy research group of the Hellenic Open University invites you to the first Greek online event, as coordinator within the DELTA project! The event will be organized and delivered online in Thursday 10th December 2020 from 18:00 to 20:00, through the MS Teams platform.

The Department of History and Archeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, participates also in the event, as the Greek partner of the DELTA project.

A necessary condition for attending the event is your registration in the Pre-registration Form (only in Greek)!

Participation in the event is open to all students, graduates as well as the scientific and teaching staff of the Departments of Archeology, Culture and Tourism in Greece.

Download the poster and the programme of the event

  • Language of the event is Greek.
  • Link e-form (in Greek)

DAISSy-HOU links BIBLIO with EUHeritage EU project!

biblio-logoDAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (#DAISSy #HOU), the Greek project partner, links BIBLIO (#digitalskills , @DigitalBiblio) with “EUHeritage” EU project currently undergoing (601073-EPP-1-2018-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA).

More precisely, the EUHeritage project (Skills for promotion, valorization, exploitation, mediation and interpretation of European Cultural Heritage) aims to contribute to innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches, so as to create a new transnational curriculum for cultural heritage professionals, focused on digital skills, transferable and transversal competences, soft skills and skills connected to “experience tourism” in the field of Cultural Heritage (CH).

  • This will be achieved first by identifying the necessary competences and the skills required for the cultural heritage professionals, then by developing the occupational core profiles for professionals employed in the field of CH (level 5 and 6 EQF) and by providing targeted training together with a set of assorted tools. The report analysis is already available online through the EUHeritage’s website.
  • The training will be built on three pillars i.e. cultural heritage, experience tourism and digital dimension, with the outer goal to create and produce innovative experiences for tourists and local communities for a sustainable promotion of  CH using digital dimension developing participation and  links with creative communities. The course will be on-line during spring 2021.
  • The tools will include an instructional meta-methodology, where new scenarios will be included that the pandemic situation activated in the cultural and tourism contexts: new paradigms of interpretation needed, in order to rethink the products, the demand, the activities of the offer and the policies to re-launch destinations and sites!

euheritage-logoIt is noteworthy, that the EUHeritage e-platform will be created under Creative Commons licenses and Open Educational Resources – it is expected to foster the cooperation of the CH sector with other sectors and industries, in particular technology, tourism, SMEs, and Creative and Cultural industries, to allow further scope for creativity, innovation and sustainability.

The #BIBLIO and #EUHeritage findings will be transferred bilaterally and effectively by DAISSy Research Group of HOU within the implementation period, so that the beneficiaries of both projects fully gain from this valuable exchange of experience (

Here is how you can find more information on BIBLIO and other activities of DAISSy:



steam-evalOur project  STEAMonEdu – “Competence development of STE(A)M educators through online tools and communities”  aims to increase the adoption and impact of STE(A)M education by investing in the professional development of educators and in establishing a community of stakeholders.

To this end, the project drafted a Competence Framework for STE(A)M Educators, which

  • summarizes the set of competences needed to realize STE(A)M education,
  • provides links to other competence frameworks, and
  • can serve as the basis for planning the professional development of STE(A)M educators.

We are inviting to participate in the evaluation of the Framework!

The online survey aims to validate and possibly enhance the Competence Framework for STE(A)M educators. We are looking for responses from:

  • educators, researchers, school managers/directors, policy makers and other stakeholders
  • of all levels of education
  • from different organizations, regions, and countries

The survey is available in seven languages:

 English  |  Català  |  Deutsch  |  Eλληνικά  |  Español  |  Italiano  |  Româna

It should take about 20-30 min to complete the survey, depending on how familiar someone is with the topic. But it is possible to work on it in different sessions because the tool allows you to “save now and continue later”.

Please complete by 21 December 2020

The STEAMonEdu project is co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union (Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects Agreement n°: 612911 Project n°: 612911-EPP-1-2019-1-EL-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD).

More information about the project is available at


XENIA consortium launches a message against Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

xenia-logoXENIA international consortium commemorates two days dedicated to the fight against gender-based violence worldwide. Annually November celebrates the TDoR – Transgender Day of Remembrance on day 20th to memorialize transgender people who have been murdered and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th.

Are these two days united by a common thread? First of all, which women are included (or excluded) in actions to prevent and combat gender-based violence?

Let’s take into consideration the word TRANS. It is not a noun, but an adjective. So when we talk about women, in the same way we should talk about white women and women of colour, skilled and disabled women, so we also should talk about cisgender and transgender women.

In official statistics on GBV the gender variable is always expressed in the “male” and “female” modalities, but transgender and non-binary people are invisible.

The Erasmus+ XENIA project with its 7 partners from 5 different European countries commemorates all the victims and survivors of misogynistic and transphobic gender-based violence and stresses the common matrix of these two expressions of violence found in the male chauvinist, genderist and patriarchal culture.

XENIA believes that educational tools are crucial to prevent gender-based violence and to promote a culture respectful of diversity. And it also supports the importance of producing scientific knowledge and empirical evidence on the topic, in order to advocate and give tools to policy makers for the creation of inclusive anti-violence policies.

See the official announcement at XENIA website.


Presentation on the STEAMonEdu project at this year’s International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2020)

On 9th and 10th of November, at the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2020), Achilles Kameas and Natalia Spyropoulou, members of the STEAMonEdu project team of Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus” (CTI), presented online two scientific papers based on the results of the STEAMonEdu project.




The first paper, entitled “Professional Development Of STE(A)M Educators with Online Tools And Communities” summarized preliminary results of the STEAMonEdu project. The overview of the research issues was provided, alongside with the methodology and achievements of the STEAMonEdu project and its expected impact and key results. In the following table, the key results of the project are summarized:


The second paper entitled “A Holistic Framework Of STE(A)M Educators Competences“, focused on the development of the Competence framework for STE(A)M educators. The paper described the different areas and dimensions based on the different role that an educator.  In addition, the potential usefulness of the framework was described. More specifically, the design of the STE(A)M competence framework for educators, has two specific aims: Firstly, it must be usable by educators for self-evaluation and self-regulation purposes as a self-assessment tool in order to educators evaluate themselves and find specific competences that they need to improve. Secondly, it must allow for both the support and professional development of STE(A)M educators, both as a guide for the formulation of the learning outcomes of specific training programs and as an assessment tool for the evaluation of the training program.



For more information regarding STEAMonEdu project and other DAISSy activities:



Participation of the DAISSy Research Group of HOU in the 3nd project meeting of the European project DELTA

delta-3rd-meetingThe DELTA project consortium participated in the third transnational meeting of the project. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting scheduled to take place in Matera, Italy, finally took place online, on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2020. The DELTA project – Digital Excavation through Learning and Training in Archaeology, is funded under the program Erasmus + / KA2 / Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education. The project is coordinated by the DAISSy research group of the Hellenic Open University (EAP). The project is implemented by a consortium of four partners – Universities from three countries (Greece, Italy, Czech Republic).

The meeting started with an overview of the project and the work that has started, is in progress or is expected to start in the near future, by the DAISSy Research Group, which was represented by A. Kameas, Professor of EAP and Scientific Coordinator of the project, P. Polymeropoulou, researcher and P. Zafeiropoulou, administrative.

The team of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA) presented the most important points of the original research that took place online by the project consortium in March 2020 in the form of a questionnaire distributed to archaeology students, University professors, researchers and professionals of the field of Culture and Archaeology, in Greece, Italy and the Czech Republic. The results of the research are available on the DELTA project website.

The actions that will take place in Intellectual Output I (IO1) were then analyzed, such as the validation of the methodology for the design and development of the DELTA educational program, which will combine mixed learning (online and face to face learning in class) with the joint excavation in Marathon, Attica. Also, Masaryk University presented the draft for the DELTA Teaching Handbook while the University of Basilicata (UNIBAS) the selection criteria of the trainees who will participate in the pilot test of the DELTA educational program. The partners presented, discussed in detail and finalized the design of the four basic learning modules that will be developed in the DELTA training course. These are:

  1. Digital Tools for Archaeological Practice/Excavation
  2. Documentation in situ and after excavation
  3. Digital Preservation of cultural heritage monuments and artifacts (3d representation and reconstruction)
  4. Open-Air Museums and Experimental Archaeology.

The first day of the meeting ended with the presentation of the managerial and financial issues by the DAISSy group of HOU in order to better monitor the implementation of the project.

The second day of the web meeting included equally important presentations by the Coordinator, regarding the design and development of the DELTA platform for the provision of the training program under Intellectual Output II (IO2) as well as the communication policy for the more effective dissemination of the project results and deliverables. The 3nd meeting closed with the presentation of the time -plan, which included deadlines per activity for the smoother implementation of the project.

For more information on the DELTA project and other initiatives of the DAISSy Research Group:


Designing and delivering VET curricula in the digital age

devops-logoAt the event that is organized in the framework of the European Vocational Skills Week, a group of speakers from the world of VET will address the challenges posed to the sector by the increasing need for digitized training.

The event is part of the Erasmus+ project “DevOps Competences for Smart Skills” and will present project results as a starting point to discuss the impact of ICT-related issues on VET at a time when Covid crisis made unavoidable the switch to technology-assisted learning.

The panelists will draw a full picture of the current situation, trying to sketch how threats can become opportunities and what all stakeholders – teachers, trainers, learners but also decision makers and managers – can do to adapt to the new panorama.

The event will host the following speakers:

  • Efstratios Charchalakis, Mayor of Kythira, Greece (tbc)
  • Dr. Panos Fitsilis, Professor at the University of Thessaly and Smart DevOps project coordinator
  • Theodoros Grassos, Secretary General of EVBB
  • Apostolos Kalogiannis, Mayor of Larissa, Greece (tbc)
  • Dr. Achilles Kameas, Professor at Hellenic Open University and Chair of ALL DIGITAL Board
  • Dr. Theodoros Panagiotakopoulos, Senior Researcher at Hellenic Open University (tbc)
  • Dr. Dolores Sanchez-Bengoa, Vice President and Professor at the University of Applied Management Studies (Mannheim) (tbc)

The event will take place on Zoom. Registrations for the event are mandatory. We kindly ask you to register HERE.


Ανάγκες κατάρτισης των επαγγελματιών στον τομέα των βιβλιοθηκών: ενημερωθείτε για τα αποτελέσματα της έρευνας!

biblio-logoΗ έρευνα του #DigitalBiblio σχετικά με τις ψηφιακές δεξιότητες (#digitalcompetences, #digitalskills) και τις ανάγκες κατάρτισης των επαγγελματιών στον τομέα των βιβλιοθηκών, έχει ολοκληρωθεί !

Αφού αυτο-αξιολόγησαν το επίπεδο των #DigComp πεδίων τους, οι επαγγελματίες που συμμετείχαν στην έρευνα του έργου BIBLIO, έκριναν το επίπεδό τους ως «βασικό» στις ακόλουθες θεματικές ενότητες:

  • Ασφάλεια – 48%
  • Επίλυση προβλημάτων – 36%
  • Δημιουργία περιεχομένου – 36%
  • Επεξεργασία πληροφοριών – 23%
  • Επικοινωνία – 20%

Σαφώς, εντοπίζεται χάσμα δεξιοτήτων το οποίο αναμένεται να καλυφθεί, μέσω του #VET Curriculum του έργου, που είναι σε εξέλιξη.

Δείτε περισσότερες πληροφορίες:

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με το έργο BIBLIO κι άλλες δράσεις της DAISSy: