Dr. Dina Maniar
from the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (
Prof. Lucy Avraamidou
from the Centre for Learning and Teaching (
) are collaborating as partners in the project titled 'TINKER: an Authentic Learning and Gender-Inclusive Framework for Teaching Informatics.' This project secures funding from the Erasmus+ Programme 'Partnerships for Innovation - Forward Looking Projects'.
In total, the consortium has been awarded a grant of EUR 1.5 million, with Maniar and Avraamidou receiving approximately EUR 200,000 for a period of 30 months. The project is coordinated by the Center for Research and Development (Cyprus). It involves a consortium of ten partners, both universities and NGOs in Europe.
The project's primary objective is to develop courses that will enhance the capacity of high school teachers and university instructors to design authentic and gender-inclusive learning experiences for teaching and assessing informatics competencies. These courses will utilize a blended learning methodology, allowing instructors to participate in both online and face-to-face sessions. The training program will be developed through an innovative set of pedagogies, AI-based instructional methods, and challenge-based learning approaches.
The European Commission aims at a strong Higher Education sector in Europe in order to be able to compete with the rest of the world. Forward-Looking Projects are large-scale projects that have the potential of becoming mainstreamed and giving input for improving education, training and youth systems, as well as to bring a substantial innovative effect in terms of methods and practices.
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