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Visual/Video Literacies

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Visual and video literacy is rising in importance for educators in Higher Education and vocational training, as online learning is transforming, modernizing and internationalizing education. The UCISA survey of Technology Enhanced Learning shows that there is increasing use of video technologies to support teaching, learning and assessment in Higher Education. Video technologies are also a prominent feature of informal learning communities for peer-to-peer learning online, such as Twitch (social video platform and community for gamers), YouTube, vlog (Video blogs).

We will be researching into how experienced educators in Higher Education, training and business, are using visual/video technologies in their working practice. We will analyse interview data using Informed Grounded Theory to create a new model of teaching based on theory and practice.

The ViLi project aims to support the ERASMUS+ priorities of:
- Adult Education: to improve the performance and efficiency of education and training by extending and developing the competences of educators in video and visual thinking strategies, by delivering a MOOC that is open to all in e.g. vocational trainers, and educators in Higher and Further education.
- Opening Up of Education: providing pedagogical materials and open educational resources (OERs) developed and evaluated through two MOOCs on video/visual thinking strategies.

Julie-Ann Sime has been granted €155,080 by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union for the Visual/Video Literacies (ViLi) project to lead the project in collaboration with: Dr. Ramon Reichert, Department of Image Science, DANUBE UNIVERSITY KREMS (Austria); Mr. Ioannis Arapoglou, WIDE Services (Greece), a MOODLE e-learning company; and Prof. Charlambos Vrasidas, CARDET, a leading research and training centre (Cyprus).