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Who we are

Augmented Assessment is supported and promoted by a group of associations and institutional entities that have a wide range of skills and expertise

Internationally recognised universities and research groups come together with NGO operating in the social and educational fields and governmental institutions to collaborate and bring forward innovative and practical solutions.

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The Partners

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Artistotle University of Thessaloniki

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) is a state institution established in 1925. Its structure, its range of activities and its size make it the largest and most complex institution of higher education in the country. More than 95,000 students study in the University’s 41 school and the teaching and research staff number is approximately 3,000. AUTh has decided to run lifelong learning programmes, aiming to meet the increasing needs and demands of the Greek society for instruction, training, and specialization. Thus, the Senate decided (during its meeting no. 2827/3-11-10) to establish the Scientific Committee for Lifelong Learning, which has dealt in detail with the institutional framework for, the international and national experience in, the purpose and requirements for the implementation of Lifelong Learning programmes by AUTh. The Committee considers that the operation of self-funded Lifelong Learning programmes will contribute significantly to a decrease in social exclusion with regards to education, as well as contribute to the modernization of the Greek educational system and to the improvement of the quality of education. The Committee also maintains that Lifelong Learning programmes have to operate within a framework that will guarantee high quality studies, their compatibility with the role assigned to public universities, the efficiency, credibility and validity of the content of offered educational services, as well as ensure the recognition of the qualifications obtained, and transparency in fund management.

 

The Department of Chemistry has nearly 500 students and 98 staff members and is perfectly appropriate for coordinating a project dealing with ‘Bologna tools’, since it has extended expertise in multilateral co-operations and Erasmus mobility schemes; and is bearing close connections to the Greek labour market. In the last five years AUTh has participated in 491 projects on education.

Athens Lifelong Learning Institute

The Athens Lifelong Learning Institute is a research and education institute, based in Athens, Greece. It has the mission to foster and enhance innovation processes mainly in the areas of education and lifelong learning, human capital development, knowledge society and social inclusion. The Institute exhibits an active interest in a number of social issues such as social exclusion, discrimination and suppression of human rights and has attempted through the implementation of innovative learning methodologies to moderate their impact. The Athens Lifelong Learning Institute contributes to the education ecosystem through R&D activities, creating open education programmes, collaborating and promoting collaboration with advanced scientific organisations and organising educational events. It has a long experience in the development of educational curricula and programmes that keep abreast to the new developments, social demands and European priorities and endorses a firm belief that real-world problem-based learning and innovative teaching methods inspire curiosity and improve learning ability, especially for disengaged and disconnected learners.

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki (UH) is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40 000 students and researchers. The University of Helsinki is also one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world and it is the only Finnish University to consistently rank in the top 100 of international university rankings. In 2018, the University of Helsinki placed 57th in the Shanghai Ranking, 99th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and 79th in the Taiwan (NTU) rankings. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640. The internationally esteemed and highly successful Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s leading unit of research and teaching in Educational Sciences and Teacher Education. The University of Helsinki has about 40 years of experience in developing and conducting research-based pre-service teacher education and around 30 years of experience in offering professional development programmes for teachers and principals. The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki conducts research related to human growth, development and learning. The Faculty generates new information in order to increase social and cultural capital in a changing world.

European University Cyprus

The European University Cyprus was founded in 2007 and developed out of Cyprus College, which was established in 1961. With a history of more than 60 years, the European University Cyprus has grown into a leading academic and research institution in the region.Today, the European University Cyprus is a modern university operating five Schools. with the mission to educate students for successful careers and life achievement, to understand and serve the needs of society, and to create knowledge through research and innovation. The European University Cyprus is the only university in Cyprus and Greece to be rated by QS TOP UNIVERSITIES (QS Stars), which ranks many of the most prestigious universities in the United States, Canada and Europe. Also, the European University Cyprus’ inclusion in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings marks a particularly significant success,The Department of Education Sciences focuses on issues relating to educational leadership, special (inclusive) education and technologies of learning and communication. For both teaching and research – both national and international – purposes, the Department collaborates with a large number of scientists, researchers from the educational field in Cyprus, Greece and other European countries. The Department of Education is staffed by distinguished personnel (faculty and special teaching personnel), with important national and international activities in the areas of Educational Sciences, as well as public presence in educational happenings in Cyprus. Since its foundation the Department focuses on high quality education both within and outside the University, seeking to prepare professionals and researchers in Cyprus and abroad. Alongside their involvement in a number of European and local research programs, and their engagement in a plethora of activities, the School’s Faculty members actively contribute towards the fulfilment of the School’s vision for a humanitarian education and research excellence.

University Pompeu Fabra - Interactive & Distributed Technologies for Education Group

The TIDE group (Interactive & Distributed Technologies for Education) is part of the ICT Department and the Engineering School of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a public university in Barcelona, founded in 1990, that stands out for its quality in teaching, research, and international outreach. TIDE has expertise in research around design, development and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning applications, learning design, analytics to support teaching and learning, (co-)authoring and social tools, computer-supported collaborative learning, serious games, mobile learning, competence development and assessment tools, interoperability specifications, through European and national research and innovation projects. The group is led by a Full Professor and a team of members including senior and postdoc researchers, a developer, PhD students, and research assistants. TIDE has developed a number of educational tools that are available for the community and has also a large experience in designing and offering teacher development workshops and courses.

Web: https://www.upf.edu/web/tide

Polytechnic Institute of Porto

The Polytechnic Institute of Porto (P.Porto) is the largest and one of the most dynamic polytechnic schools in the country, emerging as first in the Polytechnic ranking and, along with other major Universities, it is placed in the upper segment of the higher education national ranking. P.Porto involves 8 schools, more than 20 R&D units, and is the best positioned in international scientific rankings in Portugal.

Porto Accounting and Business School (ISCAP) is closely located to the main Campus, offering its 4800-strong student population a range of innovative Bachelor and Master courses.

ISCAP has experience in innovation in learning within the scope of an organizational unit created to deal with innovation, creativity and e-learning to improve its teaching staff’s methods through the use of technologies (lecturers are encouraged to use Moodle to support the in-class courses). ISCAP was the first school in P.Porto to offer a b-learning post-graduate course and webinars, as proof of the school’s experience as well as its willingness and commitment to innovation in education regardless of the form.

The Centre for Intercultural Studies (CEI) of ISCAP-P.Porto develops applied and fundamental research, co-operating with other national and international institutions in scientific, technical and cultural projects. CEI’s designation and goals comprehend the whole interdisciplinary field generated within its 3 main research lines: intercultural theories and practices, intercultural communication, and intercultural business. With over 50 members, CEI has been responsible for countless conferences, publications, projects, mobilities, and research grants, and is the home of the E–Journal of Intercultural Studies. CEI also provides international programs on Cultural Resources for Business and on Science, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Post-Grad), as well as on Intercultural Studies for Business (MA), with the support of multiple open online resources for teaching and research. Visit: www.iscap.ipp.pt/cei

Institute of Educational Policy – Greece

The Institute of Educational Policy (IEP) is a Public entity under private law supervised by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. IEP is an executive scientific body which supports the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs on issues regarding primary and secondary education, transition from secondary to tertiary education and teacher training. IEP is also responsible for developing the formal curriculum and approving the educational material as well as the assessment tools used at national level.

The Cyprus Pedagogical Institute

The Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (CPI) was founded in 1972 by a decision of the Council of Ministers and started operating in 1973 aiming at becoming “… a centre where the profession itself undertakes a critique of its activities, and where cooperative work is done by educators at all levels of seniority in the system, whether they are engaged in class teaching, in teacher training, in supervisory roles or in educational administration.” (Weddell, UNESCO report 1971, p. 14, §3.9)

The mission of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute is the design and implementation of continuous professional learning of teachers at all levels, the setting of framework for the teacher competences and the promotion of horizontal issues of educational priority, improving the content and effectiveness of the education provided in accordance with the wider international, European and local context. Moreover, it substantially contributes to the planning and implementation of educational policy, taking into consideration the literature and research and the priorities set by the Ministry, in order to improve the quality of the educational system.
According to the Council of Ministers Decisions (August 2015 and July 2017), the CPI is the official department of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth which runs teachers’ professional learning. It runs a number of professional development programs every year, including large scale centralized trainings and school-based programs. It has developed structures and processes that allow the effective implementation of its programs in collaboration with the departments of the Ministry, the teacher unions and other stakeholders. At the same time, it develops online environments, digital tools and content in order to support the teachers and their professional development.
Through research and fieldwork, as well as representation in working and expert groups in the European Commission, the CPI contributes in policy recommendations for the Ministry. At the same time, it has close collaboration with the public and private universities in Cyprus as well as universities and other professional bodies abroad.

National Educational Council

The National Education Council (CNE) of Portugal is an independent advisory body on educational matters, whose President is elected by the Portuguese Parliament.
The National Council of Education is responsible for issuing opinions, statements and recommendations about all educational issues, either by its own initiative or by responding to solicitations that may be proposed by the Government or the Parliament. The National Council of Education forms views and advises on a range of educational issues, aiming to promote the participation of all education stakeholders in the pursuance of a broad consensus on education policy.
In addition to issuing opinions, which respond to requests from the Government and the Parliament, its independence and autonomy are expressed, above all, in the establishment of its own agenda, through the definition of areas of intervention which it considers fundamental for the improvement of Education and drawing up recommendations on its own initiative. Its mission is also accomplished through a set of other activities, namely the organization of seminars and conferences, the conducting of studies and the hearing of experts.
The CNE Multiannual Activity Plan for 2018-2021, which plans actions and activities for the forthcoming four years, takes into account, among others, the national educational situation, the priorities defined by the Government, the expressed desire to achieve the goals agreed within the scope European Union and the UN and the technological and scientific transformations that are anticipated. It defines the strategic objectives and the themes to be addressed during the period considered, as well as the activities to be developed in 2018, which are noted in this report.

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