Open call for academic articles for the inaugural online issue of ‘DISCERN, International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship’

~May 2020 - DISCERN is inviting researchers, academics, professionals, practitioners and postgraduate students to submit original articles in the broad areas of design for social change, sustainable innovation, social entrepreneurship, and the circular economy. We welcome articles (conceptual, theoretical, and empirical), review pieces, case studies, short reports, works in progress, book and literature reviews and discussion articles and dialogues.

It is envisaged that the inaugural issue of DISCERN will be published online in September 2020 as an open-access resource. The deadline for submissions is the end of July 2020. All submissions will be blind peer-reviewed by members of the journal’s Advisory Board and will be approved without revisions, approved with revisions or not accepted for publication.

More information about the journal, the author guidelines and the submission process is available online at www.designforsocialchange.org/journal/index.php/DISCERN-J/index

Join us in a movement to make a difference.  

Editors-in-chief:

Nicos Souleles
Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
nicos.souleles@cut.ac.cy

Ana Margarida Ferreira
IADE-Universidade Europeia Portugal
ana.margarida.ferreira@universidadeeuropeia.pt

More info at https://www.designforsocialchange.org/journal/index.php/DISCERN-J

From face-to-face to online: Assessing the effectiveness of the rapid transition in Higher Education due to the coronavirus outbreak

~April 2020 - The coronavirus outbreak compelled Higher Education (HE) institutions worldwide to cancel campus-based teaching and conduct a variety of lessons remotely. This transition was implemented in a short period because it was deemed necessary to maintain continuity of teaching and learning provision.

Even in ordinary times, i.e. in periods that do not necessitate a hurried implementation of remote learning, several challenges are associated with this form of education. These multi-faceted challenges include the robustness of the technical infrastructure, pedagogical and instructional aspects and issues of access, support, and training.

With the exception of a few specialist HE institutions that have a history of online delivery, such as the different Open Universities, many institutions that made the transition were predominantly offering face-to-face teaching before the coronavirus outbreak.

Consequently, it is appropriate to consider whether the rapid transition from traditional modes of teaching and learning to online delivery has been effective or not. The ‘Art + Design: elearning lab’ (Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology) has therefore put together an online questionnaire to investigate the experiences and opinions of academic staff and evaluate the transition process.

Please contribute to the online questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M5D2F2D

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

~January 2020 - To help people better understand animal agriculture and its impact on the environment, we will be screening the film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” on Friday, January 31st. The film will be shown at Cyprus University of Technology, Tassos Papadopoulos building at 19:15. This is a collaboration with the group ' Let's Make Cyprus Green' (www.letsmakecyprusgreen.com).

Social Enterprise Training Needs Questionnaire

~January 2020 - The Third Way (T3W) is a project that requires universities with a focus on vocational education and business development to work with the social business sector to develop a curriculum for business undergraduates in partnership with the Third Sector. The project has the primary aim to create innovative and accessible learning programmes that support understanding and awareness of social enterprise. The curriculum devised will be available in digital form such as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as well as delivered as innovative Face-to-face programmes of study. The information obtained from this survey will hope to define the curriculum that is to be produced in this project.

Social Enterprises and their Ecosystems – Country Report Cyprus

~October 2019 - This report is part of the study “Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe” and it provides an overview of the social enterprise landscape in Cyprus based on available information as of October 2019. It describes the roots and drivers of social enterprises in the country as well as their conceptual, fiscal and legal framework. It includes an estimate of the number of organisations and outlines the ecosystem as well as some perspectives for the future of social enterprises in the country.

This publication is an outcome of an assignment financed entirely by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" (2014-2020). Our lab collaborated in the writing of this report. For further information please consult: EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Recommended citation: European Commission (2019) Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe. Updated country report: Cyprus. Author: George Isaias. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. Available at https://europa.eu/!Qq64ny

Museum Affinity Spaces (MAS): Museum-School Partnerships for the 21st century through a Multiliteracies Lens

~October 2018 - The MAS project promotes museum-school collaboration in Europe through the use of technology-enhanced learning such as support, tools and services for schools to utilize in order to implement their curriculum. MAS supports communities of teachers and educators seeking to establish museum-school partnerships as network communities by creating an online infrastructure.

The intention is to offer opportunities for free and continuing online professional development for educators and museum staff. In particular, the intention is for school-teachers and museum educators and other museum staff as well students to be able to use a virtual platform themselves and in collaboration with other parties from around Cyprus and the world, either through synchronous or asynchronous learning to develop learning activities deriving from museums.

There is specific focus on the development of the MAS project to accommodate for culturally and linguistically diverse students’ needs through the development of a particular innovative conceptual framework that will be implemented during all phases of the research. It is anticipated that students will deepen their knowledge of cultural heritage through participation in the partnership, while also become motivated to engage in museum learning, whether physically or online in the future. The project is funded by the Cyprus Research Foundation. Responsible for this project is Dr. Stefania Savva as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, and the rest of the team comprises of Dr. Nicos Souleles, Francesca Sella and Zoe Anastasiadou.