HOU and DAISSy Research Group


Hellenic Open University (HOU) is the only Greek State University that offers formal and non-formal lifelong education to more than 40.000 students who are dispersed all over the country. HOU offers study programmes and short learning programmes, which lead to full qualifications in EQF levels 6,7 and 8, as well as to certificates of further education and micro-credentials. Its training methodology combines distance learning with principles of adult education, relies heavily on digital material and virtual meetings and uses online training platforms and tools for teaching and assessment. About 80% of its students are working professionals who seek further education in order to improve or change their career, thus HOU has established a permanent connection with the market, professional networks and professional development agencies. HOU is a member of EADTU, EUA, EURASHE, ICDE and the National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.

DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Sociotechnical Systems) research group of HOU School of Science and Technology was founded in 2001 by highly skilled and motivated researchers aiming to address societal needs by developing ameliorative technology and by constantly pursuing innovation. The vision of DAISSy group researchers is to contribute to the realization of an advanced humane society by inventing technology that adapts and supports human needs and not the other way round! DAISSy realizes society-centred educational and technological research and has accumulated expertise in Social Computing Systems, MOOCs, Online Learning Platforms, Serious Games, Digital Content, STE(A)M Education, Inclusive Education, IoT and Mobile Systems, Middleware, Services, Knowledge Extraction and Representation, Ontologies, Smart Environments, Smart Cities, Quality Assurance, Standards, User Profiling, User Experience, Distance Education and Lifelong learning, Social Research, Competence and Qualifications Frameworks, UpSkilling, Skills Certification, Job Profiling, Learning Pathways, etc.

Since its establishment, DAISSy has participated in more than 70 national and European projects (has coordinated more than 10 of them), focusing on digital competences and competence development, multi-culturalism, inclusion and gender equality, ambient intelligence and Internet of things, education and STEM education, culture, tourism and entrepreneurship. Today the group has an annual turnover of more than 1MEuro and employs more than 35 persons, including University professors, PhD and MSc holders, researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence and social sciences, experienced ICT engineers, programmers and administrative personnel. DAISSy is a member of European networks ALL DIGITAL, EVBB and ITPE, and of the national initiatives ReBrain Greece and the UNICEF Greece education sector WG. DAISSy is also an important contributor to the Digital Academy for Greek citizens.

More info about DAISSy can be found on its Website (http://daissy.eap.gr) and LinkedIn profile (daissyresearchgroup).

You can also follow DAISSy on FaceBook (@DAISSyResearchGroup), Twitter (@daissy_research), Instagram (@daissy_researchgroup) and YouTube (DAISSy Research Group).
Contact person: Prof. Achilles Kameas, info@daissy.eap.gr

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