Presenting BRIGHTS project results in Digital Storytelling International Conference (DST 2018), Zante, Greece, 21-23 September 2018

The BRIGHTS project results were successfully presented at the International Digital Storytelling Conference (DST 2018) on September 21, 2018 by DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University, Greece, one of the project's partners.

The DST 2018 Conference was under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO and H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos. The Conference hosted contributions from many countries all over the world (USA, Canada, Africa, Europe, Australia). More than 85 contributors presented their research papers and coordinated workshops during this 3-day interactive conference on digital storytelling. The conference working group sessions, plenaries, workshops,  symposium, multimodal communication and agora discussions were attended by a large number of scholars and practicioners from the field of digital storytelling.

DAISSy Research Group's contribution on BRIGHTS project results was presented under the title “A pathway towards a sustainable future: the Brights approach to Global Citizenship Education using Digital Storytelling”. It was presented by Maria Aspioti Researcher Associate with DAISSy Research Group of Hellenic Open University during the DST in Education Working Group sessions. This paper presented the BRIGHTS  needs analysis results, the training methodology (blended training course: MOOC and F2F workshops for educators in formal and non formal education contexts working with young people (13-19 yo) at risk of marginalization and F2F workshops for the students to further produce their own digital stories). The authors stressed the strengths of GCE using DS suggesting the inclusion of this methodology in the curriculum as a best practice for young people to get actively engaged with the values of Global Citizenship Education and realize their global citizen identity developing at the same time the emotional, communicational, intercultural and digital skills of the 21st century (in line with international organizations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Agenda 2030 and the DigComp Framework of the EE). They also added that GCE using DST in the curriculum will help young people better face the global challenges in the interconnected, digitalized and rapidly-changing socio-economic global society in a creative, productive and inclusive way. At the end of the presentation the audience was invited to get to know and contribute to the BRIGHTS European Online Community on GCE and be informed about the BRIGHTS MOOC.   

At the end of the presentation, two of the BRIGHTS national winner digital stories were showed on screen. The audience reflected enthusiastically on the digital stories presented and showed great interest in the overall project.

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