A team of experts qualified in the development and management of digital solutions for open and social learningWeb2learn co-founders
Katerina Zourou, Ph.D, is a recognized researcher in the area of digital (language) education, having produced a research book, journal special issues, and several peer reviewed papers (full list). She is regularly invited to give invited talks or join expert panels.
Katerina is the Director of Web2Learn and gives lectures at masters level (University of Grenoble Alpes, France, and Hellenic Open University, Greece).
Research publications available on Google Scholar
- Co-initiator and partner of HEIDI project “Digital Actions at HEIs as a catalyst for social change in the COVID-19 crisis” (2021-2023)
- Co-initiator and partner of eCHOing “Recovery of cultural heritage through higher education-driven open innovation (2022-2024)
- Co-initiator and partner of LibOCS “University libraries strengthening the academia-society connection through citizen science in the Baltics (2022-2024)
- Co-initiator and partner of The GLAMers project”Enhancing GLAMs through youth engagement during the COVID-19 crisis. (2021-2023)
- Co-initiator and partner of INOS “Integrating open and citizen science into active learning approaches in higher education” (2019-2022)
Ended projects funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe
- Partner of successful Erasmus+ projects: CATAPULT (KA2 Adult learning), MOONLITE (Higher education), CRETE (Higher Education), IPEN (Capacity Building), Web2LLP (VET).
- Expert for Council of Europe’s “Education Portal for Online Learning” (ORD).
- Member of Elang “digital literacy for the teaching/learning of languages” supported by the Council of Europe/ECML.
- Co-initiator and member of GraDAna “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Iranian HE Graduates through Data Analytics”.
- Technical expert of the EACEA study “The impact of ICT and new media on language learning”. Available in English, French and German.
- Project initiator and manager of the network LangOER “Enhancing teaching and learning of less used languages through Open Educational Resources (OER).
Invited talks (selection)
- (2021) Digital activism: challenges and opportunities for language learning” University of Juväskylä (Finland), Department of Language and Communication Studies. April 11, More.
- (2021) Supporting the digital transformation of a Higher Education institution: The example of Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas, Cuba. Invited by the Higher Institute of Technologies and Applied Sciences (inSTEC), University of Havana, Cuba.
- (2019). A critical review of social networks for language learning beyond the classroom. Shanghai, Shanghai International Studies University, December 8.
- (2018). Crowdsourcing in language learning and teaching: “small” languages’ achievements. Reykjavik, University of Iceland, March 9.
- (2014). “Social media for communication purposes of Erasmus projects”. Invited by European Commission’s EACEA to give a presentation to the coordinator’s meeting of the EC-funded Erasmus projects. Brussels, January 23. (slides)
- (2013). «Open Education: multilingual, user driven and glocalised». Invitation by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to join the dedicated foresight workshop on the development of a common vision of the Future of Open Education. Seville, April 29-30.
- (2013). Médias sociaux et apprentissage des langues: quelle(s) nouveauté(s)? Colloque ALSIC, Montpellier, 12-13 December (slides)
- Member of the European expert team representing the European Union at China-EU conference on multilingualism, Beijing 1-2 December, 2012, during the EU-China year of Multilingualism (Invitation).
- (2011) “Social networks and language learning in Europe”. 2011 EU-China Multilingualism Conference, Brussels, May 19 (With Claudia Albanese, Mikkel Strørup). Programme.
- (2010). Web 2.0 and how it affects development of language resources, materials and methods: perceptions by media and publishing houses. Invited by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taichung, Taiwan, May 6, 2010.
- (2010). Tellecollaboration and Web 2.0 tools in educational contexts: exploring boundaries between formal and informal learning. Invited by National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. May 14, 2010.
An example of highly cited paper.
Alexandros is the co-owner of the company and one of its founding members. He studied electronics and telecommunication systems in Thessaloniki. He currently works on ICT and digital technologies. He supervises Web2Learn projects from a technological point of view, namely the technological suitability of learning and training solutions.Web2learn associates
Ioanna is a Graduate of the Department of History and Archaeology of the National Kapodistrian University. Currently a postgraduate student of the Department of Informatics of the University of Piraeus. Ioanna’s primary field of interest is the digital promotion of culture through the use of digital technologies.
Kateryna has a background in entrepreneurial consulting and international economic research (PhD). She is the Head of the Master’s Programme in Business Economics at Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman. Kateryna has experience in projects related to raising entrepreneurial spirit, inclusive growth and integrated development. A significant part of her research interests are innovations, Data Science, smart business models, European identity, citizenship and values, social responsibility of educational institutions.
Stavros Samiotis works as a research collaborator in the field of language education, capacity building and academia-civil society coooperation. With background in linguistics, Stavros earned his BA in Medieval Greek philology and his MA in theoretical linguistics from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He is mainly interested in the areas of syntax, semantics and language-contact phenomena. He has participated in (Horizon 2020) iReed project as a data collector and analyst.
Sofia Terzi holds a BSc in Computer Science and a MSc in Information and Communication Technologies. She is a PhD student at AUTH researching eGovernment supported by blockchain technology. Currently she is occupied as a Computer Scientist at Web2Learn under the BlockAdemiC project [The Operational Program “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation” (EPAnEK)]. She has previously participated in many H2020 projects spanning various domains, including DIAS [vehicle security], TOKEN [eGovernment], Pop-Machina [Circular Economy], Dataports [ports interconnection], eFactory [supply chain], DELTA [energy] and PLANET [energy].
Stefania Oikonomou is a political scientist (BA, MA, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). Stefania has a vivid interest in exploring forms of citizen engagement as they are manifested through (emerging) digital technologies (i.e. hackathons, digital activism, citizen science). Stefania is knowledgeable in science communication and networked interaction. Her latest venture is a PhD in science, technology, and society studies.
Mariana (MA, MSc, Ph.D. candidate) specializes in the area of cultural informatics and digital heritage. She participates in Research & Development projects on crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence and data analysis in the fields of digital culture, intangible cultural heritage and cross-border arts and culture supporting open GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums).
Joseph Terzis is a software developer (Informational Management studies at the International Hellenic University). He has gained experience in the field of software interoperability by working for a private sector company where he had the responsibility to develop and maintain a custom application including interconnecting various databases and data sources. He worked also in telecommunications industry, where he was assembling cabins and running and installing the operation systems at them. Joseph is highly motivated and his current ICT research interests are Software Interoperability, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
Joseph is engaged in the BlockAdemic project.
Anna holds a Master’s degree in English Philology from the University of Opole, Poland. Since 2009, she has been an academic teacher specialising in the use of digital technologies in language learning and teaching. Her research interests part from new technologies in language learning and teaching are: open licenses and openness in education. Currently, she is involved in various projects where she acts as an online content creator.