On May 3, 2023, KMOP Policy Center hosted the “Collaborative Futures: Digital Humanities and Crowdsourcing in Educational Contexts” conference in Brussels. The event provided a platform for professionals and representatives from various European organizations, universities, and the European Commission to share their knowledge and ideas on how to improve digital education and crowdsourcing in educational contexts.
More specifically, the participants explored the benefits of crowdsourcing with the need to upgrade the levels of the digital readiness of secondary school teachers in humanities. They also introduced the ideas of Digital Humanities & Crowdsourcing, discussed EU’s digital education policies on teacher upskilling, and presented good practices in digital education and relevant projects.
The conference featured keynote speakers, including Ivana Juraga, Policy Officer – European Commission – DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Sébastien de Valeriola, Digital Humanities chair – Université libre de Bruxelles, Maria Xesternou, University of the Peloponnese, Michaela Protopapa, CARDET, as well as partners from Greece, Cyprus, N. Macedonia, Ireland, and Belgium.
The conference was organized as part of the European project ENTICING. The project aims at seamlessly blending the benefits of Crowdsourcing with the need to upgrade the levels of digital readiness of secondary school teachers in humanities by empowering them with competencies and tools that will improve the quality of their teaching and at the same time will render them ready to respond quickly in circumstances of crisis. The project offers the ENTICING platform, which teachers in digital humanities can use as a tool for crowdsourcing. Additionally, it provides an online asynchronous course and guidelines to equip the teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills on how to apply crowdsourcing techniques. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program, and its consortium consists of partners from five European countries.