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editorial 4 - Research synergy for overcoming financial crisis.

design & fine arts 6 - ipads in art and design.

engineering 8 - Episcope project.

linguistics 10 - LUCIDE - Languages in Urban Communities: Integration and Diversity for Europe.

pure & applied sciences 12 - Digital and Physical Tables.

social sciences & education 14 - Defining educational blogging.

research news 16 - European Proposals’ Calls. 22 - Events and upcoming conferences. 3


Editorial note

Research synergy for overcoming financial crisis

All researchers can serve the role of a consultant in the era of economic crisis. Crisis is a buzz word not only in the business sector but in academia as well. Certainly not only economists are susceptible, but also researchers and academics who cannot afford to realize their research projects. Researchers are the bond between the society and the economic crisis and can enable to overcome the obstacles that arise in the era of diminishing resources. Therefore, this magazine is designed for bringing researchers throughout Europe together, in order to exchange and discuss ideas about

future work, collaborations, proposals and ideas. Our ambition is to develop a cross discipline research magazine

This magazine is designed for bringing researchers throughout Europe together.

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We welcome you to the 2nd issue of the Let’s Research e-magazine.

that will provide a high quality of European Academic and Research Environment. We dedicate this e-magazine to all those who believe in the richness of learning and continue to learn and research as if they were to live forever.

Enjoy the reading and keep researching. As always, we welcome your comments.

Team Members Editors in-chief board Martha Katafygiotou Efi Nisiforou Antigoni Parmaxi Thomas Photiadis Pantelis Yiasemis

Design Editor Demetra Perdiou

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Stefania Savva, Cyprus University of Technology | stefania.savva@cut.ac.cy Dimitra Perdiou, Cyprus University of Technology | demetra.perdiou@cut.ac.cy


design & fine arts

iPads in

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espite the description of the iPad computer tablet as a category-defining phenomenon, there is a noticeable shortage of research on the use of this tablet in Higher Education (HE). The project “iPads in Art and Design” is the first stage of an investigation into the use of iPads in undergraduate studio-based art and design disciplines, and it is a collaboration between the research lab ‘Networked Learning Technologies in Art and Design’ at Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), and the ‘Centre for Pedagogic Research’ at Falmouth University (FU) in England (http://www.elearningartdesign. org/ipads). The objective is to investigate for a period of one semester the perceptions and experiences of students on the educational potential of the iPad. It is a phenomenographic study, i.e. an empirical investigation of the different ways in which people experience, conceptualises, realise and understand aspects of the world around them. The phenomenographic approach allows for a bottom-up investigation that is from the perspective of learners. The majority of research on elearning is teacher-focussed rather than student-centred

(Sharpe and Benfield, 2005, p. 1) while related literature on mlearning deals mostly with small-scale innovations and pilot projects in quasi-experimental settings and with a top-down approach (Wright & Parchoma 2011, p. 253; Cochrane, 2012, p. 124).

Methodology

Disciplines with a significant studio-based component were chosen from CUT and FU. The population comprises a non-probability, purposive sample and implies a potential risk of bias in comparison to probability sampling. Each student was handed an iPad and a stylus, with a number of preinstalled free applications (apps). These comprised four categories: utilities, social networking, productivity and creativity, and were selected on the basis of their perceived value. Participating students were not provided with instructions on how to use their iPad. Data was gathered through open-ended questions and a total of forty students were interviewed, twenty from each institution. Interviews were transcribed verbatim, and Atlas.ti (qualitative software) was used to identify emerging themes. The main limitation of the research methodology relates to the generalizability and

utility of findings that are the result of phenomenographic (qualitative) analysis.

Findings

On a preliminary basis, when discussing the analysis of data, authors agreed there was no noticeable breakthrough for teaching and learning, while students’ opinions were polarized. Indeed, what emerged is no clear indication that the iPad has inherent learning affordances that are evident and widely recognized by all students, but rather a patchwork of uses and opposing perceptions. The inference is that there are challenges and obstacles in embedding the use of iPads in undergraduate art and design education. To complete the picture, the perceptions of faculty will be explored in the second stage of this collaborative research. Resulting from the above research, the collaborating institutions decided to organize the first international conference on the use of iPads in Higher Education, in 2014. The main aim of conference is to encourage research, debate, reflection and exchange of ideas on the use of iPads from a wide spectrum of Higher Education disciplines and educational practices. More info at: www.ipadsinhe.org

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Dr. Despina Serghides, Cyprus University of Technology | Despina.serghides@cut.ac.cy Martha Katafygiotou, Cyprus University of Technology | Martha.katafygiotou@cut.ac.cy


Engineering

EPISCOPE project Kick-off meeting of the EPISCOPE project. Energy Performance Indicator Tracking Schemes for the Continuous. Optimisation of Refurbishment Processes in European Housing Stocks.

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he Kick-off meeting of the EPISCOPE project will be held in the mid of April in the Darmstadt city of Germany. The EPISCOPE is in the framework of the IEE projects “Intelligent Energy for Europe” with total budget amounts to 2.5 million euros and duration over 36 months. Lead partner of the project is the Institute for Housing and Environment (IWU) in Germany while in the program involved 17 partners from several European countries such as Italy, Spain, Greece, Holland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Denmark and Cyprus. The strategic objective of the EPISCOPE project is to make the energy refurbishment processes in the European housing sector more transparent and effective with the aim to ensure that the climate protection targets

will actually be attained and that corrective or enhancement actions can be taken in due time, if necessary. Due to the fact that such actions are required on national, regional and local level the project approach is to implement pilot actions on these different scales and to align and combine them by means of a common methodology. The conceptual framework will be based on national residential building typologies developed during the IEE project TABULA. These classification schemes for national building stocks will be extended to further countries. An upgrade of the WebTool will also reflect the national interpretations of “Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings” (NZEB). The resulting methodology is the basis for the intended assessment and comparison of different refurbishment strategies and impacts. The main project activity will be to track the energy refurbishment progress of certain housing stock entire-

ties. Some of these typology based “pilot actions” will focus on distinct housing portfolios on local level, others on entire regional or national housing stocks. The implementation rate of different refurbishment measures will be determined and compared with those activities which are necessary to attain the relevant climate protection targets. In addition, the actual measured consumption after refurbishment will be compared to the expected values with the aim to verify the targeted savings. The monitoring procedure and the concerted set of energy performance indicators developed during the project will enable key actors and stakeholders on different scales to ensure a high quality of energy refurbishments, the compliance with regulations, to track and steer the refurbishment processes in a cost-efficient way and to evaluate the actually achieved energy savings.

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Antigoni Parmaxi, Cyprus University of Technology | Antigoni.parmaxi@cut.ac.cy


Linguistics

LUCIDE LUCIDE - Languages in Urban Communities: Integration and Diversity for Europe.

and sounds of the city. It is supported by many associate partners including major associations and city authorities. The LUCIDE network is funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme from December 2011 to November 2014. The LUCIDE partnership includes 16 partners (14 from Europe and 2 Third Country partners) already active in the

Strengthen social cohesion by fostering better communication and mutual understanding

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UCIDE is a network which is developing ideas about how to manage multilingual citizen communities. The aim is to help institutions (councils, schools, hospitals) and local and national economies make better productive use of diversity as an economic resource and to strengthen social cohesion by fostering better communication and mutual understanding. In concrete terms LUCIDE is undertaking research, running seminars and workshops and developing guidelines for multilingual cities relating to: (a) Education - language learning and language support, (b) The public sphere - how the city supports democratic engagement, (c) Economic life – the benefits of multilingualism and the requirements, (d) The private sphere – how people behave and interrelate and celebrate and (e) The urban space – the appearance

domain of multilingualism within urban contexts, at both University and City level, and in a range of city types. It includes cities which have long traditions of multilingualism as well as those for whom this is relatively new.

The project’s coordinator is the London School of Economics. The Cyprus University of Technology Language Center is participating in the network’s activity research and communication structures. In LUCIDE’s research activities, the focus of interest is on reallife complexities faced by individuals in various spheres and aspects of city life. The five overarching topics that are explored are: (1) Good practice in the provision of language learning opportunities for immigrants, (2) Social inclusion, (3) Neighboring languages, (4) Intercultural dialogue and (5) New patterns of migration. The team from Cyprus is consisted of Dr. Salomi Papadima Sophocleous, Language Center Director and three Language Center staff: Anna Nicolaou, Special Teaching Staff, Dimitrios Boglou, Special Teaching Staff and Antigoni Parmaxi, Special Scientist.

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Fernando Loizides, Cyprus University of Technology | fernando.loizides@gmail.com Doros Polydorou, Cyprus University of Technology | dorosp@gmail.com Keti Mavri, Cyprus University of Technology | ketimavri@gmail.com


Pure & Applied Sciences

Digital & Physical Tables interact with the projected content by simple gestures such as moving objects. Physical objects which are preprogrammed into coordinates on the table can also be integrated into the interactive process. The initial software prototype includes capabilities to sort search results in the form of documents that are presented on the table. The user can choose whether to keep these documents if they are relevant or discard them if they are not. In case a use is not certain about a document he can return it to the pile for future scrutiny. Physical objects placed on the table such as a folder or mobile phone on the top part of the table, produces physical representations of digital actions. For example, if the user were to slide a digital document into the physical folder, this would indicate that the document is relevant and should be kept for further reading. The document is then copied into a predetermined

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e use physical spaces and objects such as tables daily to perform tasks such as writing and sorting documents. Similarly, we employ technological equivalents to do the same; such as sorting documents into folders on our desktop and typing documents in a word processor. Each medium has its own advantages and limitations. Fusing the two together can help overcome each of the limitations and give users an enhanced experience in performing some of these tasks. In order to accommodate current user needs and further test for requirements, we created a portable, cost effective setup for augmenting a physical table with a virtual projected environment. Using an overhead projector, the physical table is used as a screen to project the system contents. Using a Microsoft Kinect Sensor the user can

The first prototype is already functioning and will soon be uploaded for the general public to use. We hope to expand the digital table

online folder which the user can access at a later stage. If a document is not relevant on the other hand and the user wishes to discard it, then he simply slides it off his right hand side into a physical waste bin. The document is then deleted from the search list. The first prototype is already functioning and will soon be uploaded for the general public to use. We hope to expand the digital table by adding further applications as well as reduce the cost and effectiveness of the technology by experimenting with further sensors for the interaction such as the Leap Motion Sensor.

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Efi A. Nisiforou, Cyprus University of Technology | efi.nisiforou@cut.ac.cy Nikleia Eteokleous, Frederick University Cyprus | pre.en@frederick.ac.cy


Social Sciences & Education

Defining Educational Blogging Defining real pedagogical blogging: Key evaluation criteria Potential of blogs to be integrated as learning tools Specifically, it seeks to identify whether Bloom’s taxonomic levels that are used in determining students’ learning process from Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) can also be applied in defining real (actual) pedagogical blogging. The sample consists of 63 in-service teachers retrieved from the Department of Primary Education at a private University in Cyprus. The students

Specifically it highlights the potential of blogs to be integrated as an educational tool and its effectiveness in developing different levels of thinking skills

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ducational blog becomes a significant element of many web-based learning environments and provides a practical online platform for discussions that accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and learning. Blogs’ integration in higher education is growing rapidly, having a remarkable potential to transform the teaching and learning process. Due to the lack of previous studies on the evaluation criteria of educational blogs, this study serves as a frontrunner in investigating and analysing blogs through a pedagogical spectrum. Therefore, integrating blog in the teaching and learning procedures is a great challenge for educators. This paper describes some possible indicators for this challenge, attempting to evaluate the criteria in assessing educational blogs. The main purpose of the study is to explore and analyse the effectiveness of blog as an instructional tool by employing Bloom’s digital taxonomy.

were enrolled in the course entitled Educational Technology and requested to participate in a blog; that formed the basis of the research. The content

of the blog was oriented on the use of online social networks for educational purposes. The data were analysed based on the blog’s content with the aid of the MonoConc Pro 2.0 Software and the Bloom’s revised digital taxonomy.The results of the study reveal the pedagogical value of blogs. Specifically it highlights the potential of blogs to be integrated as an educational tool and its effectiveness in developing different levels of thinking skills since actual pedagogical blogging has been accomplished on a satisfactory level. Additionally, the results pointed out that Bloom’s digital taxonomy can be used in evaluating the content of a blog according to its educational use. It appears to be an effective mean in identifying blogging and non-blogging for educational purposes and a set of criteria for educators to follow in order to set up a pedagogical valuable blog. Finally, students’ blogging behaviours were varied and depended upon the way in which they addressed each of the elements of the Bloom’s taxonomy.

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research news


European Proposals’ Calls Important Dates: 4 April 2013 FP7 Cooperation: Environment – Water innovation & demonstration: FP7-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO

European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) Call for expression of Commitment for Action Groups as envisaged in the Strategic Implementation Plan:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/innovationpartnership/action_groups.htm

8April 2013 Strategic Projects in the framework of the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013: http://www.greece-cyprus.eu/index.php?option=com_ content&view=article&id=50%3A-2007-2013&catid=2%3Aprokyriks eis&Itemid=11

12 April 2013 Civil Protection Financial Instrument: Projects on prevention and preparedness in Civil Protection and Marine Pollution

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/funding/opportunities/calls/2013_call_ prevprep_cp_marine_pol_en.htm

15 April 2013 Erasmus Mundus 2009-13 Action Programme Implementation in 2013 - EACEA/38/12 -Action 2: Erasmus Mundus Partnerships -Action 3: Promotion of European higher education 17


research news


This Call for Proposals will not select Action 1 Joint Programmes.

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/funding/2013/call_ eacea_38_12_en.php#call

18 April 2013

FP7 Cooperation: Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative SP1-JTI-CS-2013-01

24 April 2013

FP7 Ideas: ERC Proof of Concept: ERC-2013-PoC

27 April 2013 Integrated Maritime Policy:

http://ec.europa.eu/transport/facts-fundings/grants/2013_04_27_ en.htm

30 April 2013

Lifelong Learning Programme Comenius, Grundtvig: In-service training:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/llp/official-documents-on-the-llp_ en.htm http://www.llp.org.cy/

8 May 2013 Culture programme

Strand 1.3.5 - Cooperation projects with Third Countries *the selected Third Countries in 2013 are Australia and Canada. http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/culture/programme/calendar_en.php

14 May 2013

Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme – ICT PSP. CIP-ICT-PSP-2013-7

15 MAY 2013

Industrialised Countries Instrument (ICI) education cooperation programme

Cooperation in higher education and training between the European

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research news


Union and Australia, the European Union and Japan, the European Union and New Zealand and the European Union and the Republic of Korea for Joint Mobility Projects (JMP) and Joint Degree Projects (JDP) - EACEA/44/12. http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/bilateral_cooperation/eu_ici_ecp/funding/call_2012_en.php#1

22 MAY 2013

FP7 Cooperation: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Undertaking FCH-JU-2013-1

30 May 2013

FP7 Capacities: ERA Chairs FP7-ERAChairs-Pilot Call-2013

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research news


Events and upcoming conferences: Technology Enhanced Learning

First International Conference on the use of iPads in Higher Education, 20-22 March 2014, Paphos, Cyprus. http://www.ipadsinhe.org/

Renewable Energy Sources

3rd International 100% Renewable Energy Conference, 27-29 June 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. http://www.irenec.org/giris.php

Sociology

International Conference on Emerging trends in Commerce, Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (CEHSS), 5-6 May 2013, Singapore. http://allinternationalconferences.com/sinagpore2013/index.html

Computing

International Conference on Advances in Computr and Information Technology –ACIT2013, 4-5 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia http:// www.theired.org/acit

Economics

International Interdisciplinary Conference - IISES Venice Conference Conference, 12-15 May 2013, Venice, Italy. http://www.iises.net/conferences/venice-conference-may-12-15-2013/ International Accounting Student Conference (IASC) Conference, 16-17 May 2013 Yogyakarta, Indonesia. http://gmad.feb.ugm.ac.id/gmad2013/international-accounting-student-conference-iasc/

Nursing

Nursing Research: Getting Research, Audit and Service Developments into practice and publication, 14 May 2013, London, United Kingdom, http://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/nurse-research-training 23


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