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EODLW 2023 – Well-being, Heritage and Higher Education Learning, Monday, November 6 2023, 15:00 (CET)
November 6 @ 15:00 – 16:30
How can well-being be promoted in the university context? And what role could the use of technology and heritage play? The session, through the participation of seven experts from different European and non-European institutions, aims to investigate research experiences in the field of promoting and evaluating well-being in formal Higher Education contexts, especially through the use of heritage and technology as educational tools.
Format: Presentations and discussion with participants
Antonella Poce is full Professor in Experimental Pedagogy at the Department of History, Heritage, Education and Society University of Roma Tor Vergata, where She teaches Experimental Pedagogy, Educational Research Methodology, Museum Education. From December 2020 to February 2023, she was full professor in the same subject at the Dept. of Education and Humanities, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where she chaired the INTELLECT International Research Centre for Research into Heritage and Museum Education, Well-being and Teaching Technology. She still coordinates the following joint (UNIMORE/UNIROMATRE) degrees: annual postgraduate course “Museum Education ” and biennial post graduate course “Advanced Studies in Museum Education”. Her research concerns innovative teaching practices in higher education at national and international level. She is EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network) senior fellow and presently member of the managing board. She coordinates national and international research groups within European project frameworks, and she has been chairing international academic committees dealing with assessment and distance learning. She used to be a member of the AEA- Europe Council Board (since 2012 to 2016) where She chaired the Professional Development Committee (from 2013 to 2016). In 2011, she was elected member of the EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network) – NAP (Network of Academics and Professionals) Steering Committee. She chaired the EDEN NAP SC from 2017 to 2020. She has been a member of ICOM (International Council of Museums) since 2003, CECA Committee for Education and Cultural Action and UMAC Universities Museums and Collections, since 2019 so far. She is author of different publications of national and international relevance on the topics of innovation, assessment, and use of technology in teaching and learning, mainly in the context of heritage experiences.
Thomas Kador is Lecturer in Creative Health on the UCL Arts & Sciences (BASc) programme with a background in archaeology and chemical engineering. His research and pedagogical interest include object-based learning, culture, health and wellbeing, public and community-based approaches to heritage as well as everyday practice – especially movement, mobility and migration – in prehistory. He has lectured and published extensively on all of these topics, including two book books, one (together with Jim Leary) on movement and mobility in Neolithic Europe, and the other (together with Helen Chatterjee) on object-based learning and wellbeing. Thomas currently leads a research project on student wellbeing and experiential learning spaces and, in addition to the modules below, has been closely involved in the development of the MASc Creative Health.
Antonia Liguori is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Storytelling and Director of the Masters’ Programmes in Storytelling and Theatre at Loughborough University, in the UK. Her academic background is in History and Computer Science and, over the past 15 years, she had the privilege to experience a very diverse and exciting career pathway, both in the cultural heritage sector and the media industry in Italy, and in academia in the UK. Her research has been focusing on three main strands: digital storytelling in formal and non-formal education; co-creation, participation and resilience; applied storytelling and mental health literacy. Over the past five years, she has been involved (as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator) in 17 research projects of various sizes funded by AHRC, NERC and the European Commission. In all these projects her role consisted of co-designing digital storytelling workshops and resources to explore the role of storytelling to dismantle knowledge hierarchies and facilitate knowledge exchange within and across disciplines and sectors of society. She was also awarded an AHRC Fellowship at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, in Washington DC, US, that has since grown into a highly productive ongoing collaboration with this world-leading institution.
Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center at the Politehnica University of Timisoara in Romania. Diana runs the team who developed the university’s award winning Virtual Campus CVUPT and is also lecturer at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia and web technologies. She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s life. Diana holds a PhD in Designing eLearning Spaces for Digital Students with University of Brighton, UK, an MA in European Studies, a Learning about Open Learning, postgraduate distance education course at the Herriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK; an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania. Her publication list comprises 9 books and 82 papers presented at international conferences, she is reviewer for 12 International Conferences, 4 journals, 6 best paper awards at different conferences and since 2010 Co-chair at the IADIS WWW/Internet International Conference. In 2012, she received the EDEN Fellow Title. In the last years, she was involved in over 30 EU funded projects, recently with a focus in open education, publishing and technologies.
Gila Kurtz is the Dean of the Instructional Technologies faculty at Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in Israel. Academic positions: a member of the Steering Committee of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and the Editor-in-Chief of The Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Skills and Lifelong Learning (IJELL). Her main research interests are in the use of innovative technologies in training and learning.
Keren Koresh is Educational Director at the Jewish Sports Museum. She holds an M.A. in Instructional Technologies from HIT.
Maria Rosaria Re is a Research Fellow, qualified as Associate Professor, in Experimental Pedagogy at the Dept. of Education, University Roma Tre as well as an Assistant Professor at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (IT). In 2020 she obtained a joint Ph.D. in “Culture, Education, Communication” from the University Roma Tre and the University of Foggia on the enhancement of Critical Thinking Skills in museum users. Her expertise concerns research education methodologies within formal and informal professional training contexts. She has been a member of the Centre for Museum Studies (University Roma Tre) since 2015, an EDEN Fellow (European Distance and E-Learning Network) since 2020, and a member of the scientific board of the INTELLECT Research Centre (Research Centre for Heritage Education, Wellbeing and Teaching Technology) since 2021.
Mara Valente is a PhD candidate in “Theory and Educational Research” at the Department of Education, University of Roma Tre. She is conducting research related to the development and validation of an educational and didactic program aimed at fostering a disposition for caring and respecting the environment in early childhood. After completing her master’s degree in Contemporary Art History, she gained experience working in various cultural institutions and museums in the Rome area. Subsequently, she embarked on a further academic path in Primary Education, obtaining the qualifications for teaching at the kindergarten and primary school levels. Since 2019, she has been awarded a two-year research grant at the Department of Education at Roma Tre University, focusing on the topic of “Digital Innovation in Cultural Heritage Education, Developing Transversal Skills, and Social Inclusion.” For several years, she has been actively involved in research within the field of Experimental Pedagogy and cultural heritage education, both in formal and informal settings, aimed at the development of transversal skills, particularly with primary school pupils. Her research interests also extend to the application of new technologies for museum access. She has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Intellect Research Center at the Department of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia since 2021, and a member of the Centre for Museum Studies (University Roma Tre) since 2018.