The Knowledge Innovation Centre (KIC) is a dynamic consultancy focusing on knowledge brokerage and innovation of knowledge transfer processes. The Centre brings together a variety of local and European experts from a variety of fields, and has worked extensively within Quality Assurance of Higher Education, Technology Enhanced Learning, Student Services and the knowledge economy (as it relates to the Lisbon Agenda and Barcelona Process). The Centre has forged close relationships with a number of stakeholders in the regional innovation and Higher Education fields, and is active in leveraging such relationships to build multi-disciplinary, multi-country networks for knowledge transfer and capitalization.
KIC experience in designing outreach services encompass both technological and person-to-person services. For the former, KIC molds project online presence using a combination of web-sites, social-networking expertise and online document publication; for the latter KIC has the expertise in organizing focus groups, outreach campaigns, consultations and surveys.
Why we are Participating in the Project
The vision of NEXUS project is in line with KIC’s devoted work in the inclusion field in higher education. We believe this project can build upon our findings from projects such as:
– EQUNet: which used statistical analysis to quantify educational opportunities among first and second generation migrants, as well as among other disadvantaged groups;
– IDEAS and Multinclude: which both take an approach of identifying actors making real impact on access and inclusion at grassroots level, and giving them exposure to help multiply their approaches in different contexts;
– Moonlite: which examines the application of MOOCs in aiding inclusion of refugees in employment markets;
– IBelong: which used novel approach to creating interventions at HEIs that would assist disadvantaged, non-traditional students feel at home at University, developing their sense of belonging and this increasing retention rates and academic success of non-traditional
Our Role in the Project
IO3 will be led by KIC, for its experience in technology enhanced learning and offering a variety of online solutions for educational projects. As a company famous for designing socially innovative solutions to societal challenges through the development of creative concepts, KIC will be in charge of designing interactive toolbox to help both educators and students understand and make use of digital tools for citizens’ participation. KIC will also be tasked with hosting and organizing training on Civic education for the digital age. Our aim for the training is to create a reproducable, modular training which can help any set of educational institutions in Europe to upgrade the knowledge on civic-tech tools of their teaching staff, in line with our goal to promote innovation approaches to digital participation in democratic processes.