The Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth) and the Cyprus University of Technology announced on the 11 April 2022 their official collaboration under the European Erasmus+ project entitled “VRTEACHER – Virtual Reality-based Training to improvE digitAl Competences of teacHERs ” (2020-1-CY01-KA226-SCH-082707). The Cyprus Pedagogical Institute will participate in the project VRTEACHER as an Associated Partner. This collaboration brings together two institutions that share a common goal of providing modern and technology-based teaching and learning approaches that will foster the digital transformation and modernization of education. This collaboration represents the beginning of a long-term planning for future collaboration initiatives and partnership between the two institutions.
The VRTEACHER project has the ambition to provide effective education responses related to educators’ training via using a novel VR-based pedagogical approach for virtual practicum. The project aims to address the need for modernization and digital transformation of teacher education and training and reinforce educators’ digital skills and readiness through a Virtual Reality (VR) training method and tool. The project involves six partners, Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus / Coordinator), University of the Aegean, University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain), Fundación Siglo22 (Spain), Future In Perspective Limited (Ireland), Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning (Malta). The project is coordinated by the Social Computing Research Center, through the Visual Media Computing Research Laboratory and Professor Andreas Lanitis and Post-Doc researcher Kalliopi Evangelia Stavroulia of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology.