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+ New Children’s Book in Greek soon: Νίκη Λαμπροπούλου. Οι Περιπέτειες των Διδύμων και το Διαμαντένιο Στέμμα της Πριγκίπισσας Ιζαμπώ. Niki Lambropoulos. The Twins Adventures and Princess Izabo’s Diamand Crown.

+ New Academic Book in English soon: Νίκη Λαμπροπούλου. Η Επιστήμη των Μικρών Ομάδων. Niki Lambropoulos. The Science of Small Teams.

+ Special Website 20% Discount Offer for my New Book by Nova Publishers, New York – Use this Leaflet

From the Book Back Cover

There is more to managing and understanding education than knowing how the mind works or using instructional tools. This book closes the gap on Management of Educational Projects – a recommended read. ~ Prof. Dr. Armin Weinberger, Saarland University, Germany

Having worked at educational institutions for over 20 years, I realized that books and resources on Educational Project Management are extremely rare! It was an absolute delight to read Dr Niki Lambropoulos’ book covering the full lifecycle of sustainable educational projects. I highly recommend the book. ~ Dr. Aneesha Bakharia, The University of Queensland, Australia

Managing educational projects from cradle-to-grave in a systematic and consistent way may mitigate such complex challenge. Hence, the value of this book is a sine qua non for educational researchers, academics and entrepreneurs who aspire to disrupt and abrupt change in how we encapsulate value in educational projects.  ~ Dr Petros Lameras, Coventry University, UK

From the Author, Niki Lambropoulos

This Educational Project Management book From Dreamers to Doers offers the knowledge and skills one needs to createan educational project from the initial idea and funding to the design anddevelopment and dissemination, sustainability and global impact. Projectmanagement requires science and art to coexist; science refers to thesystematic and precise project management process. Science is combined withour artistic capability to deal with complexity and unpredictability, ourhuman behaviour and personality traits, our talents and complementaryabilities. In the current era of global crisis, shared visions andcountries’ policies relate to educating future citizens in managing confusionand complexity, even sudden change, in everyday life. Unpredictability ismanaged with creativity, organisation and flexibility.
A major gap existed in educationalauthorship for Educational Project Management (EPM); there was no book on thissubject. In addition, many educational approaches become more and moreobsolete; they are replaced by new ones due to rapid world changes andubiquitous technology. Thus, new modes of thinking and learning areprerequisites to encompass such global perspectives and technological advances.
This EPM book discusses innovative ideas and solutions for designing,developing, evaluating and sustaining educational projects. It is withinhumanity’s natural competence to learn, adapt and evolve when reaching theabilities’ barriers and entering a new developmental spiral on a lifelonglearning journey. Technology is one medium to think, create and act in a moremindful and effective way for sustaining future life and wellbeing. As thetools aid in the externalization of our abilities, learning to adapt and befree to express is now considered situational and theme-based learning,utilizing all shades from the real to the virtual matrix. EPM offers anadditional perspective and focus on existing knowledge for the nextgeneration’s learning spaces design and development, so that the learners caninitially reach their levels of abilities, and furthermore, unlock their hiddenpotential. Such implication requires an interdisciplinary background to createthe underpinned matrix for the next generation.
EducationalProject Management (EPM) provides additional educational solutions to triggernew and undiscovered human abilities to visualize, harness, realize and advanceeducational communities’ common purposes and tools to fulfil their purpose.  It is an everyday toolset for educationalpractitioners towards excellence in teaching and natural learning, removingbarriers and creating unlimited possibilities for the evolution of theindividual, group and community. This book is part of the global solution ina world crisis era, moving beyond known states and barriers by designing anddeveloping progressive and cutting edge immersive educational experiences andprojects for an inclusive and sustainable world.

+ New Book in Greek: Νίκη Λαμπροπούλου. Κάνε την Κρίση Ευκαιρία: 7 Βήματα για Δημιουργικότητα, Καινοτομία και Ανάπτυξη Τώρα.  * Niki Lambropoulos. Turn the Crisis into Opportunity: 7 Steps for Creativity, Innovation and Growth Now. AMAZON KINDLE.

+ New Book with Prof. Margarida Romero: Lambropoulos, N. & Romero, M. (2015). 21st Century Lifelong Creative Learning: A Matrix of Innovative Methods and New Technologies for Individual, Team and Community Skills and Competencies. New York, USA: Nova Publishers. On AMAZON

+ Keynote Speaker @ http://voctelconference.eu/
Hope to see you in the TEL conference in Athens, Crowne Plaza Athens, 17-18 June 2015

Vocational Dreams to Career Reality: Technology Enhanced Learning for Everyday Connectivity and Practice

Dr. Niki Lambropoulos
University of Patras, Greece & Global Operations Division, London, UK

A great number of jobs are becoming obsolete these days; our era is shifting from the Industrial to the Information, Collaboration and Creativity one. Knowledge, skills, competencies and associated tools within Communities of Practice (CoPs) are constantly altering.  In the rise of such new world, new dreams and visions are needed to be manifested creating new CoPs and careers that sometimes can be entirely unpredictable. This rapid information expansion, worldwide collaboration and promptly emerging new technologies, are raising demands in the everyday working ecosystems. Consequently, they impact and alter the Vocational Education and Training (VET) pedagogical approaches and learning possibilities. Based upon the inevitable uncertainty, best practices are presented that have been intelligently employed for vocational technology enhanced learning within in situ connected working environments. Furthermore, new methods, tools and techniques are proposed to embrace and enhance collaborative creativity implemented in diverse and intersected informal and formal learning and working locations. Such frameworks and easy-to-use tools have the potential to adjust and bridge previous knowledge and experiences with the new working demands. In this way, knowledge, skills and competencies can be transformed and transmitted within unified learning and working ecosystems for everyday ubiquitous connectivity and practice. 

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5o Διεθνές Συνέδριο * 5th International Conference

Διεθνείς και Ευρωπαϊκές Τάσεις στην Εκπαίδευση: Οι επιρροές τους στο Ελληνικό Εκπαιδευτικό Σύστημα *

International and European Trends in Education: Their influences on the Greek Educational System

   26 – 28 Σεπτεμβρίου, 2014, Εκπαιδευτήρια Λαμπίρη, Μοσχάτο – Αθήνα

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ΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ – WORKSHOP

Δρ. Νίκη Λαμπροπούλου * Dr. Niki Lambropoulos

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Plus: Τεχνικές Δημιουργικότητας και Παιδαγωγικές Μεθοδολογίες για τους Ορίζοντες 2020

 European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Plus:  Creativity Techniques and Pedagogical Methodologies for Horizon 2020

  • ΕΙΣΑΓΩΓΗ
Ο κόσμος μας έχει αλλάξει δραματικά όσον αφορά τους τρόπους που σκεφτόμαστε, δουλεύουμε, μαθαίνουμε, διαβάζουμε, επικοινωνούμε, παίζουμε, διασκεδάζουμε ή  συνεργαζόμαστε. Το Διαδίκτυο των Πραγμάτων (Internet of Things) αποτελεί ένα νέο παγκόσμιο δίκτυο που η ανθρώπινη αντίληψη δυσκολεύεται να κατανοήσει  και να χρησιμοποιήσει. Η εκπαίδευση ακολουθεί από μακριά τις τρέχουσες εξελίξεις των ανθρώπων και του πλανήτη. Προς το παρόν, δεν υπάρχουν συγκεκριμένες προτάσεις για τη μεταρρύθμιση των εκπαιδευτικών πολιτικών με αναφορά στις νέες ικανότητες που χρειάζονται, καθώς έχει εκδηλωθεί τόσο έλλειψη κάποιοων προηγούμενων ικανοτήτων που είχαν ήδη αναπτυχθεί στον άνθρωπο κατά τη διάρκεια της εξέλιξής του τόσο και ανάγκη για καινούριες. Επιπλέον, καθώς τα υπάρχοντα εργασιακά και εκπαιδευτικά πρότυπα καταρρέουν, υπάρχει επείγουσα ανάγκη να καλυφθεί αυτό το κενό που δημιουργείται.  Ως εκ τούτου, η βασική ιδέα αυτού του εργαστηρίου είναι να εντοπίσουμε και να χρησιμοποιήσουμε τις δυνατότητές μας, όπως ήδη υπάρχουν στο DNA μας, και που σχετίζονται με τις νέες τεχνολογίες για τις νέες δεξιότητες και ικανότητες που απαιτούνται στον 21ο αιώνα.Our world has changed dramatically in the ways we think, work, learn, read, communicate, play, have fun or collaborate. The Internet of Things is creating a new global network the human perception finds hard to grasp and adjust. Education is behind the current transformations the humans and the planet is going through. Currently, there are no propositions for reforming our educational policies towards the new capabilities needed as well as the lack of previous competencies humans have acquired during our evolution.  Furthermore, existing working and educational models are collapsing and a need to fill the gap is urgent.  As such, the core concept of this workshop is to identify and employ on our capabilities as already exist in our DNA related to the new technologies towards the new skills and competencies needed in the 21st century.
  • ΣΚΟΠΟΣ
Ο κύριος στόχος του εργαστηρίου είναι να συζητηθούν οι νέες ανάγκες σε γνώσεις, δεξιότητες και ικανότητες πέρα από τις προτάσεις του Ευρωπαϊκού Πλαισίου Επαγγελματικών Προσόντων (European Qualifications Framework, EQF).  Ένας δεύτερος στόχος είναι να ρίξει φως στις τεχνικές δημιουργικότητας και των συναφών παιδαγωγικών μεθοδολογικών, καθώς και τις πρακτικές τους εφαρμογές στην καθημερινή εκπαιδευτική πράξη στην τάξη.The main aim of the workshop is to address the new needs in knowledge, skills and competencies going beyond the suggestions as proposed in the European Qualifications Framework. A second aim is to illuminate the creativity techniques and associated pedagogical methodologies as well as their practical implications in the current everyday educational practices within the classroom.
  • ΜΕΘΟΔΟΛΟΓΙΑ
Οι συμμετέχοντες θα δουλέψουν σε μικρές ομάδες, ανάλογα με τα προσωπικά τους ενδιαφέροντα, όπως δημιουργία ομάδας για τη μουσική, για παραγωγή γραπτού λόγου, για τη φυσική, μια ομάδα συμμετεχόντων με διάφορες ειδικότητες  κ.λπ. Με σκοπό την επιμόρφωση για τις νέες δημιουργικές συμπεριφορές και δημιουργικές τάξεις, το εργαστήριο θα ξεκινήσει με εισαγωγή για την ανάγκη ριζικής αλλαγής στην αντίληψή μας και θα προχωρήσει  με τις τεχνικές δημιουργικότητας και των συναφών παιδαγωγικών μεθοδολογιών, καθώς και πρακτική εφαμρογή τους από τις ομάδες. Η συζήτηση θα περιστραφεί γύρω από νέες ιδέες και προτάσεις για το συγκεκριμένο θέμα. Η πρακτική εφαρμογή κατευθύνεται σ τη διεύρυνση της προοπτικής μας με εφαρμογή 3 ατομικών και 3 ομαδικών δημιουργικών τεχνικών για τις νέες ικανότητες στον 21ο αιώνα, χρησιμοποιώντας παραδείγματα από την καθημερινή εκπαιδευτική πράξη. Μετά την εισαγωγή και εφαρμογή, θα ακολουθήσει παρουσίαση των ομαδικών δραστηριοτήτων και συζήτηση. Στο τελευταίο μέρος έχει στόχο την παραγωγή νέων ιδεών και πολιτικών πλαισίων που θα δημοσιευθούν ως αποτελέσματα του εργαστηρίου. Τέλος θα γίνει η αξιολόγησή του.The participants will work in small groups according to their personal interests, such as a music team, a writing team, a physics team, a team with diverse interests etc. For the creative new behaviours and classrooms to exist, the workshop will start with an introduction on the need for radical perception change so to proceed to the actual creativity techniques and associated pedagogical methodologies.  The discussion will be revolved around new ideas and suggestions on the subject. The practical implementation is towards broadening our perspective by employing 3 individual- and 3 team –based creativity techniques working on the new capabilities for the 21st century utilising examples from the educational everyday practice.  After the initial introduction, presentation and implementation, teamwork presentation and discussion follow.  The last part is producing new ideas and frameworks for new educational policies to be published as the workshop results. The workshop ends with the final evaluation.
  • ΣΥΜΠΕΡΑΣΜΑΤΑ – ΣΥΖΗΤΗΣΗ
Αυτή είναι η πρώτη παρουσίαση του βιβλίου ‘21st Century Life Long Learning. Individual, Team and Social skills and competence-based methodologies’ από τη Νίκη Λαμπροπούλου και τη Μαργαρίδα Ρομέρο, που θα δημοσιευθεί το 2015 από τις Εκδόσεις Nova, στη Νέα Υόρκη.This is the first presentation for the coming book ‘21st Century Life Long Learning. Individual, Team and Social skills and competence-based methodologies’ by Niki Lambropoulos and Margarida Romero that will be published in 2015 by Nova Publications, New York.

Niki is the keynote speaker at the 2014 conferences:

http://www.ict-conf.org/keynote-speaker &
http://www.webcommunities-conf.org/keynote-speaker

niki-pro-00We Use. We Create. We Become. We Succeed:

Modeling our 21st Century Information Society

Dr. Niki Lambropoulos

Wire Communications Laboratory – University of Patras, Greece & Global Operations Division, London, UK

ICT, Web 2.0 and open source software helped us to extend our observation, knowledge, awareness and innovation capabilities, even in the era of financial crises. One factor that triggered the crisis is ‘reciprocal determinism’; the notion that a series of consequences impact our environment and also influence and condition our behaviour. Then our environment impacts our personalities. This is an ongoing cycle nourished by our internal and external stimuli and conflicts, now functioning as a reminder to become more extraverts, responsive and altruistic for societal unity, peace and wellbeing. Complementary to feed-forward in the future by technology, is the trend to derive ideas from history. Computing pioneers tend to adopt multi- and cross-disciplinary learning paradigms like intelligent-cognitive support tools and augmented reality. Socio-technical systems assist designers to maximize human values, even while achieving business and technical virtuosity.  These visions, along with the early 21st century Web 2.0 emerging social understandings and practices, were incorporated into interface design. This aimed at fitting systems into the ways we function as Human Beings. The emerged Web Based Communities and Social Media modified our understanding of the world and stimulated co-creativity and knowledge synergy. As a result, affected by the evolving financial crisis, our digitally-enhanced surroundings reformed our behaviours, social interactions, the economy and the culture as a whole. Thus, we always need a social and cultural framework before we can actually improve man—machine transactions. So the key question and message in this presentation is:

What kind of systems and processes aid us to externalise our human capabilities, already encrypted in our DNA, for the 21st Century Information Society?

Web 1.0 was revolved around top-down Information and E-commerce; Web 2.0 moved beyond static pages allowing users to interact and collaborate with each other utilising Social Media and collaborative platforms; Web 3.0 is about enhancing the ‘intelligence’ of the Web underlying architecture, so the user and the machine can recognise behavioural patterns, modify them, and re-create the virtual environment based upon users’ own goals and dreams. As at the same time we perceive and create our world with our senses, cognition and tools, we may become aware of our inner qualities and obstacles. Therefore, looking ahead for visions to utilise technological design and innovation for smarter Web is essential. Instead of being lost in digital flood, technologies and methods can support our responsive interactions so to experience our world as an entity. For example, social media may enable inter-sectoral and inter-cultural relations, inter-connectedness and affective factors utilising embodied cognition, massive data visualisation and analysis, collective intelligence and joint development systems or social robots. Motivation, empathy, intimacy, co-presence, trust, performance and self-efficacy can expand our awareness in human-human communication. Such inner qualities within local and global, social and semantic networks, brought into light by human-computer interaction visualisations, gadgets interoperability or shared augmented reality. They may be the kind of systems and processes to lift existing barriers, empower immersive, multi-sensory and memorable experiences and bridge academia with industry. Reciprocal determinism is then replaced by total awareness and free will, enabling us to amend our reality. As such, Web 3.0 Information Society is modelled entirely by the users, re-defining the ‘User’ as the ‘Dreamer’, the ‘Architect’ and the ‘Creator’. In turn, we co-construct our internal and external biotope, and this time, we succeed.

References

  • De Tarde, G. (1843-1904). The Laws of Imitation. Parsons, Elsie Worthington Clews, 1874-1941. Available online at: https://archive.org/details/lawsofimitation00tard
  • Engelbart, D. C. (1962). A conceptual framework for the augmentation of man’s intellect. In P. Howerton (Ed.), Vistas in Information Handling (Vol. 1). Washington, D.C.: Spartan Books.
  • Mumford, E. (1983). Designing Human Systems – The ETHICS Method.
  • Bandura, A. (1986). Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Shackel, B. (1991). Usability – Context, framework, definition, design and evaluation. In B. Shackel & S. J. Richardson (Eds.), Human Factors for Informatics Usability (pp. 21–37). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Dourish, P. (2004). Where the action is: the foundations of embodied interaction. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Dabbagh, N., & Bannan-Ritland, B. (2005). Online learning: Concepts, strategies, and applications. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Lambropoulos, N. & Bratitsis, T. (2014). Scientific Curiosity and Reasoning with Feelings Evolution and Mapping in Technology Enhanced Creative Classrooms. In the Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies within the Human Computer Interaction International 2014 Conference (HCII 2014), experts’ session organised by Niki Lambropoulos & Habib Fardoun on ‘Immersive New Worlds: Web 3.0 Emerging Architectures for Collaborative eLearning Communities’, 22 – 27 June 2014, Creta Maris, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. (http://www.hcii2014.org/).

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The Rise of the Semantic Web Started from the Blogs: Our Selves Snapshots Reminiscing the Past, Creating the Present and Predicting the Future

The 21st century was launched with the Web 2.0 tools and the blogs leading the new era, mostly functioning as daily diaries, facilitating us taking snapshots of our lives. Such co-weaving the present precious moments and memories using multimedia creates traces of our digital Selves in time, together creating the magnificent web. Can we predict our future looking back over our backs and change our reality? In what ways can we identify such Self Reflection meaningful moments? Massive data analysis may now provide tools to ourselves and students to trace back and identify behaviours in order to re-create our present,predict, change trajectories and transform our future as individual, community members and human beings. The rise of the Semantic Web can provide us with the key to identify our wrongs and thus opening us the gate to immortality.

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 niki-conference-keynote-00Bio

Dr. Niki Lambropoulos is an author and public speaker, Human Computer Interaction expert and eLearning Architect, Quality Assurance and Innovation Management senior consultant and an evaluator for European / National Projects. She is a qualified PRINCE2 Project Manager in London, UK. She finished her PhD in HCI Education at the Centre for Interactive Systems Engineering, London South Bank University. She was born in Ancient Olympia, Greece. She holds two BAs and a Diploma in Education from the University of Athens, and an MA in ICT in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has worked as a Greek language and ICT teacher, ICT Coordinator, ICT Project Manager, senior Consultant and HCI Education expert for HCI Immersive Experiences. She is now working in education within inter-sectoral and inter-cultural contexts cooperating with the European School of Economics for Greece, the R&D Computing/Education Departments at the University of Patras, the Greek Ministry of Education, and the Global Operations Division in London, UK. She has published widely in her areas of interest.

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The candidacy deadline is the 15th of January 2014.
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Άρθρα και Επικαιρότητα: Ιδέες για την Αλλαγή στον 21ο Αιώνα

Η γηραιά ανθρωπότητα, παγιδευμένη σε μια επίπεδη οπτική της πραγματικότητας, βλέπει μονάχα μέσα από το παιχνίδι των αντιθέσεων… αντιλαμβάνεται και αισθάνεται μόνο μέσα από πολικότητες, ανταγωνισμούς και αντιπαραθέσεις

Έλιο Ντ’ Άννα, Η Σχολή των Θεών, σελ. 414

 Τα άρθρα αναφέρονται στην αξία της ιστορίας και της εκπαίδευσής μας ως ελληνικό έθνος, την προσωπική διαχείριση του εαυτού μας, το κράτος, την εργασία ως αέναη ανάπτυξη και βέβαια τους συνδυασμούς τους. Η συνεργατικότητα για την αειφόρο πράσινη καινοτομία και ανάπτυξη στο σύνολο του πλανήτη μας, η γνώση ότι η ευημερία του συνόλου αποφέρει την αναπόφευκτη ευημερία του ατόμου, και η διαχείρισης του εσωτερικών μας διχασμών, που τελικά εκφράζονται στην καθημερινή πραγματικότητά μας, είναι τα τρία κύρια αίτια και λύσεις των προβλημάτων μας ως ελληνικό έθνος στην επόμενη χιλιετία.

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