European Innovation and Inclusion
through Open Education: an interdisciplinary approach
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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In Romanian universities, European Studies are traditionally focused on social and political sciences, economics, law or history, as well as international relations. Lately, EU aspects have increasingly been included in study areas that are not specifically related to the EU, and tailor-made courses on specific EU issues have been introduced that are relevant for graduates in their professional life.
Unfortunately, only a few interdisciplinary modules have been developed over the last few years in Romanian universities. Therefore, West University of Timisoara (WUT) looks to the best ways of delivering the European dimension in all study programmes, by involving the use of new technologies and innovative teaching methods.
Thus, the general aim of the proposed project is to integrate a short teaching programme about digital literacy (DL) into different European contexts, into curricula of different specialisations within WUT. The proposed module adopts innovative teaching methodologies based on Open Educational Practices (OEP), such as flipped classroom, MOOCs.
EuRoIN project activities include teaching and research. There will be 2 courses in blended format, 1 training course as MOOC, 2 online courses.
The project team is European, involving highly qualified staff from Romanian universities and guest professors/experts from EU countries.
The measurable results (outputs) of the objectives set above are: a project website, an open access e-book with best practices, scholarly papers and articles, an OER repository with students’ & teachers’ creations, a social media presence, a newsletter to disseminate projects results and findings, teaching materials of each course under a CC license, project reports based on learning analytics and annual reports.
Digital TextBooks & Teaching materials
open book, teaching materials - CC licences
Open Book: Open Educational Resources in Romania (good practices); ISBN 978-973-0-30620-0
Lecture Notes (teaching materials) "Social Informatics" ISSN 1584-4048:
Workshops & Webinars
5-9 March 2018, Timisoara OpenEducationWeek
7 March 2018, Debate Panel
22 March 2019 Timisoara, Open Education Week
25 Septembrie Beijing, Digital University - Problems and Trends in Romanian Higher Education
26 November 2018 Beijing, Key features of Open Education in Romania
12 December 2018, Blockchain in education. Education in blockchain
18 April 2019, Timisoara: Adevar sau pacaleala in retelele de soializare? [images folder]
26 March 2019, Timisoara: EUROIN Wksp: Digital literacy and e-inclusion, FakePSY sau cum se raspandesc informatiile false in social media? [images folder]
22 September 2019, Bacau: Blockchain in educatie - Programare cu rabdare
April 2017, 2018, 2019 - eLSE Conferences workshop on Open Educational Resources and MOOCs, Bucharest
Meet Our Team
Gabriela Grosseck has particular expertise in ICT in education, a solid experience in students’/teachers’ training both f2f and online environments. Her research interests cover main aspects of open education, OER/OEP and MOOCs. She is a full member of Intercultural Institute of Timisoara (IIT) for more than a decade. She has been actively involved in several projects as a researcher of IIT on using ICT, social media & web 2.0 tools on themes as: intercultural education, minorities, migrants, racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism, intolerance, education for democratic citizenship etc. She was actively involved in the project Migrant.ro, whose main goal is to enhance consultation and civic participation of migrants in Romania.
She has also trained teachers and published a series of international recognized papers in social sciences, especially taking into account vulnerable learner groups which are at risk of falling further behind as the Knowledge Society emerges.
Laura Maliţa graduated Informatics (BA) and Sociology of the Political and Administrative Institutions (MA). She has a PhD in Web Sociology, being continuously involved in (inter)national projects and activities with topics related to web social learning, web social aspects and users’ behaviour, online communications. She was benefited of a European Integration scholarship named “N. Titulescu” on the topics of social integration. She is certified as a Trainer of Trainers. Since 2000 she is continuously involved as partner or coordinator 20+ (inter)national projects. She is an academic teacher since 2000. She has also experience as Erasmus teaching professor. She was a teacher for European Master of Adult Education (7 universities and countries). At WUT she teaches about using social media applications in learning and professional development process, also for other purposes (i.e. in the first semester she had a transversal discipline with students from all the 11 WUT’s faculties).
With a background in Chemistry (PhD since 2004) assistant professor Vlad Chiriac has done many activities related to new trends in teaching STEAM to both high school pupils and students. He now is enrolled in a Master Degree in Education Sciences trying to enrich his expertise since working in IT field.
Vlad Chiriac PhD. is involved for the past 5 years in the National Committee of The Pupils Chemistry Olympics and other pupils contest, especially interdisciplinary as Earth Science Olympics (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography) and Junior Science Olympics (Chemistry, Physics and Biology). He has both valued chemistry papers published and educational aimed works. He was involved in project which had the goal to transform way STEM disciplines are teach in both schools and universities. With a constant interest in innovating ways to teach STEM he joined Education Science studies lately.
Professor Carmen Holotescu has conducted innovative research over the last 15 years, in open education (OE), conceiving and building SM learning spaces and integrating emerging educational technologies, OERs and MOOCs in formal/informal learning settings.
She has also been involved in many European projects on new collaborative technologies, to training teachers/e-trainers and participants with different backgrounds, also persons in disadvantaged situations.
In 2007, as an Expert in the Knowledge Economy Project, she was the author of the 1st national recommendations on OE for the Romanian Ministry of Education.
She is a Certified Online Instructor of University of Maryland University College, USA, acting as Online Tutor for 12 years, between 2002-2013. She has facilitated online courses in CS field, working with students worldwide in multicultural settings.
Carmen Holotescu is also the organizer and chair of many national and international conferences, workshops and webinars on OE.
Ramona-Alice Bran has been teaching English for social sciences since 2005. While working at the Faculty of Sociology and Psychology she has constantly pursued her interest in American literature and cultural studies. Consequently, in 2014 she defended an interdisciplinary PhD thesis at the Faculty of Cultural Studies from the Technische Universität in Dortmund, Germany. So far, Ramona-Alice Bran has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles, as well as two textbooks. She is currently preoccupied about integrating OER and MOOCs in her teaching activities. At the same time, she intends to create an online bilingual dictionary comprising terms from the area of social sciences.
Maria Ivanova has the activity of teaching in the area of Computer Science and Electronics. She is preparing and evaluating curricula and educational programmes, an organizer and scientific member of conferences and workshops in the area of Computer Science, Information Technologies and eLearning. Her area of interest is focused on research in technology enhanced learning, personalized learning, eLearning. For almost a decade she is an organizer and participant in European research and innovative projects.
Mar Camacho is a PhD in Educational Technology. Lecturer and researcher at the Department of Pedagogy of the School of Education at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Author of several publications regarding the use of ICT in teaching and learning, her latest research streamlines have been the use of Web 2.0 tools and resources and the use and implementation of mobile learning and emerging technologies. Co-author of the first monography on Mobile Learning in Spain, Portugal and Latin America (2011). In the last years she has actively participated in international seminars, round tables and conferences such as Online Educa Berlin, IADIS Mobile Conference, EDEN, etc. From April to October 2013 she worked at UNESCO'S Paris headquarters in the Division for Teacher Development & Higher Education Education Sector, as invited Visiting Scholar, collaborating with the Mobile Learning Team. Her current research topics include mobile learning and teacher capacitation and m-learning strategic planning.
Ilona Buchem (PhD) is Professor for Digital Media & Diversity at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw (Poland), Concordia University (WI, USA) and University Duisburg-Essen (Germany). She studied Educational Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin and obtained her PhD degree in Adult and Business Education in 2009. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of digital media and society, with special focus on emerging technologies such as social, mobile and wearable technologies. Her research interests include open badges, virtual teams, digital diversity, digital identities, digital games, online participation, online facilitation, online communities, mobile learning, e-portfolios and personal learning environments. She has been involved in a number of national and international projects as project coordinator and researcher.
Maria Perifanou is a Technology Enhanced Learning, TEL Researcher (PhD) collaborating with various European research institutions such as the University of Athens (GR), the research Institution Pontydysgu, Wales (UK), the University of Luxembourg (LU), the University of Florence (IT), the University of London (UK) etc. and also as an Italian Lecturer at the Vocational Centre AKMI, Thessaloniki, (GR) and more. Currently, she is collaborating with PAU Education (Barcelona, Spain) and the CONTA lab at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece). I'm also the initiator and leading researcher of the LangMOOC project (http://www.langmooc.com/). Her main practice and research concerns: Web 2.0, Technology Enhanced, learning (TEL), Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), WebQuests 2.0, Blended Learning, Collaborative Learning, MOOCs, Open Learning OERs, Mobile learning, Personal Learning Environments (PLEs), Adults Training, Lifelong Learning.
Mădălin Bunoiu is vice-rector of the West University of Timisoara, responsible for the academic strategy of the institution. He is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Physics being specialized in materials science, crystal growth and characterization and statistical physics. He is member of some important national associations such as: the National Council for the Recognition of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates (CNATDCU), the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS), the Advisory Board for R&D and Innovation (CCCDI). For his research activities he was rewarded in 2012 with the "Constantin Miculescu" prize of the Romanian Academy, Physics Section. He has excellent expertise is scientometry. He is also an expert / evaluator quality.
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