Welcome to GILT Research Unit

We are located in the College of Engineering (ISEP) and we are focused on the analysis, design and development of scientific and technical knowledge in the fields of Learning Technology, Assistive Technology, Serious Games, Interaction and Health Technology.

ERACON 2024 – Call for Presentations and Sessions

The European Association of Erasmus Coordinators (EAEC) proudly announces the 20th annual Erasmus Congress and Exhibition – ERACON 2024. This esteemed event invites Erasmus Coordinators, Placement and Internships Managers, Researchers, and Professionals from academia and the business world to participate. It will be held from June 24-28, 2024, at the School of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal.

ERACON 2024 provides a platform for participants to make presentations, submit written papers, and lead sessions on their experiences related to the Erasmus Programme. Proposals for sessions and workshops within the Congress are also welcome. Participants are invited to contribute to workshops, sessions, and round tables on various themes. The official language of the Congress is English. Key themes include ERASMUS+ 2021-2027, Quality of ERASMUS Activities, Staff Mobility for Teaching and Training, and Funding and Policy.

The ERACON Congress will also host the CAREER-EU symposium. Abstract submissions for this symposium can be made under a single registration to ERACON.

Interested participants can register and find more information on the ERACON website here. Don’t miss the opportunity to contribute to ERACON 2024 and be part of shaping the future of the Erasmus Programme.

Successful Visit by Colégio Internato Claret’s 12th Grade Students to ISEP

On Thursday, March 21st, Colégio Internato Claret’s 12th-grade students were warmly welcomed at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) for an informative and engaging visit. The event was a collaborative effort between ISEP, the Department of Informatics Engineering (DEI), and the Games, Interaction and Learning Technologies Research Unit (GILT).

The visit started with a brief reception, where students and accompanying teachers were greeted. Professor Ana Barata provided a brief overview of ISEP, highlighting its role in higher education and its commitment to excellence in engineering education. Professor Elsa Gomes then presented the Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering offered by the DEI, outlining the program’s curriculum and opportunities for students. The session continued with an introduction to the GILT research unit, emphasizing its contributions to innovative research and development in games, interaction, and learning technologies.

Following the presentations, students were divided into three groups for a guided tour of the campus. The tour included visits to the DEI, GILT, and the museum, providing students with insights into the various research activities and facilities available at ISEP.

After approximately 15 minutes at each location, the groups reconvened for a wrap-up session. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on their visit before the event concluded.

The visit was a valuable opportunity for Colégio Internato Claret’s students to learn more about higher education in engineering and research opportunities at ISEP. It fostered collaboration between educational institutions and provided students with insights into potential career paths in the field of informatics engineering.

STEAME Teacher Facilitators Academy: European Workshop and Round Table in Porto

Following the upcoming project meeting on April 4, IPP will host a dynamic European Workshop and Round Table Event on April 5, 2024, at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto. Organized as part of the ongoing STEAME Teacher Facilitators Academy, this event promises insightful discussions and interactive workshops aimed at advancing STEAME education across Europe.

The day kicks off with registrations, followed by a warm welcome and an introduction to the STEAME Academy project by Gregoris Makrides, the project coordinator. Participants will then delve into engaging workshops focused on STEAME project-based learning (PBL) and creativity plans, led by expert trainers from esteemed institutions such as the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute and Doukas School.

Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in parallel threads covering various aspects of STEAME education, including evaluation methods and the integration of creativity into learning plans. These workshops aim to equip educators with practical tools and strategies to enhance STEAME teaching and learning experiences.

The event will also feature a round table discussion, offering participants the chance to reflect on key themes and evaluate the impact of STEAME education initiatives. Additionally, an external panel discussion with local experts will provide valuable insights and perspectives on STEAME education practices.

This European Workshop and Round Table Event serve as a testament to the commitment of educators and stakeholders to advance STEAME education and foster innovation in teaching and learning practices. By bringing together experts and practitioners from across Europe, the event aims to drive positive change and promote excellence in education for future generations.

Upcoming Event: STEAME Teacher Facilitators Academy Meeting in Porto, Portugal

IPP in Porto, Portugal, is set to host the fifth physical meeting of the STEAME Teacher Facilitators Academy on April 4, 2024. This meeting marks a significant milestone in the project’s implementation period, which spans from June 1, 2023, to May 31, 2026.

The STEAME Teacher Facilitators Academy aims to revolutionize teacher education by supporting the training of both service teachers and student teachers. Through a European mobility-based system, service teachers will mentor student teachers, fostering collaboration between school education, university education, and potentially industry partners. This collaborative effort aims to enhance the quality of education across Europe and lay the groundwork for future STEAME project-based learning environments in schools.

Key innovations to be delivered by the project include the development of the STEAME Teacher Facilitators Competence Framework, learning modules/workshops, an international sharing observatory, a community of practice/mentoring and certification program for facilitators, and policy recommendations for the European Federation of STEAME Teacher Facilitators Academies.

These innovations draw upon experiences and innovations from 16 completed or ongoing projects, particularly school education projects under ERASMUS+ KA2. The partnership for this project includes at least one partner from each of these projects, ensuring a wealth of expertise and innovation to support the continuous professional development of teachers.

The upcoming meeting in Porto will provide a platform for partners to collaborate, share experiences, and further refine the project’s innovations. By fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing, the STEAME Teacher Facilitators Academy aims to empower teachers, facilitate European-wide mentoring, and propel education into the realms of Education 3.0 and 4.0, preparing teachers to become the creators of the future.