WP1 – Preparation (completed on the 30th of April 2018) / Leader: TEIoC (currently Hellenic Mediterranean University)
The aim of this WP is to quantify and finalize the list of modules and training events that will be delivered during the iPEN project. we are happy that our initial assumptions regarding the topics of photonics that are applied in nanotechnology were very close to those that have been identified by the projects’ stakeholders. Moreover, the necessity of soft skills and teaching abilities among our students & professionals and our teachers respectively were depicted in our surveys. The internationalization of research in Israel backup that our findings will have an impact on Israeli Higher Education despite that the surveys below have received responses apart from Israeli participants but from stakeholders from Europe and the US. More specifically the main outcomes of the surveys implemented were the followings:
- Identify the most used& modern photonic processes/& tools used in nanotechnology.
- Identify the most desired soft skills a modern scientist should have.
- Identify the lack of programs for the development of soft & research skills.
- Identify the impact of teaching abilities (or not) of University teachers on students.
Summary / Conclusions:
- Objective: Identify the most used & modern photonic processes employed in nanotechnology / Identify the laboratory skills (management skills, time management skills, negotiation skills, stress management skills) a group leader and a researcher should have.
- 197 Academics, postgraduate and undergraduate students mainly from Israel (25%), Europe, and the US, participated in this survey.
- The highest importance was identified to the following topics:
- Electromagnetic Radiation and Optical Properties of Materials.
- Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices.
- Transmittance Spectroscopy.
- Optical Absorption Spectroscopy.
- Fundamentals of Optics.
- Fundamentals of Laser Spectroscopy.
- Laser Safety.
- iPEN consortium decision made: The modules addressing technical/hard skills related to photonics applications in nanotechnology have been finalized based on the 1.1 & 1.2 findings. More particular 29 modules have been developed all of them identified through the above-aforementioned survey. Moreover, three face-to-face and one online intensive course have been delivered during the projects’ lifetime in photonics-related tools with applications in nanotechnology.
The most wanted/used photonic processes in nanotechnology.
- Link to survey #3 regarding the most demanded soft skills a graduate student should have (1.3 & 1.4, 1.5 & 1.6) – Results
Summary / Conclusions:
- Objective: The identification of the soft skills in the field of nanotechnology according to (a) students; and (b) market stakeholders.
- 218 participants, mainly from Europe, participated in this survey.
- The most popular soft skills identified by the participants (scholars, students, and industry staff) were:
- Critical Thinking & Decision Making.
- Ethics in Science.
- Scientific Writing Skills.
- Oral Presentation Skills.
- The participants also mentioned the absence of a coherent program to cultivate these life skills in any study program in Israel.
- iPEN consortium decision made: The modules developed targeting the most wanted soft skills have been finalized based on the results of the aforementioned survey. More particularly nine modules targeting the most wanted soft skills (see below) have been developed. Moreover, one face-to-face and one online intensive course have been delivered by the consortium during the project.
The most wanted soft skills in a scientist
Summary / Conclusions:
- Objective: To identify the most wanted competencies regarding the teaching ability of Academic Teachers and the impact of teaching in students’ training and motivation building.
- 222 participants (Academics, Undergraduate & Postgraduate students), mainly from Israel and Europe, participated in this survey.
- The top identified skills were:
- Oral Presentation Skills.
- Quality of Teaching Material.
- Pre-Planning of his or her lecture.
- Respond to students’ questions.
- Use of ICT tools during lecture.
- The impact of lack of these skills on our students is tremendous regarding their:
- Engagement with the topic.
- Their training in hard skills & thus their employability.
- The on-time graduation; higher dropouts.
- Low-class attainment.
- iPEN consortium decision made: The iPEN project based on the results extracted from this survey (which happened before the COVID-19 eruption that has changed completely the priorities in HE) developed two modules related to how to use ICT during teaching & learning and delivered two Intensive programs: one face to face hosted by WIS in Israel (October 2018) and one online (April & May 2020).
Presentation of the overall results has been uploaded to google drive – ask it from the coordinator.
Indicators of achievement and or performance as indicated in the previous approved report: In all the surveys all the project stakeholders participated. In total, more than 500 stakeholders (academics, researchers, students, and market stakeholders) replied to the iPEN questionnaires: the impact of soft skills on students’ employability and performance; the most wanted hard skills 9courses and laboratory skills) related to nanotechnology and photonics tools in nanotechnology; and the impact of good teaching on students’ most effective training.
The final Report has been uploaded into google drive (1.9) and can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right – iPEN- REPORT Surveys
WP2 – Development (deadline to be completed the October 2019/ Actual completion: October 2021)/ Leader: BIU (Israel)
The list of targeted modules and training actions’ themes have been finalized based on the findings of WP1. All the identified modules have been developed and are available in the iPEN Moodle platform. To remind you that the main objective of the iPEN project is to create an open-access platform that the material developed to be accessible by any stakeholder to be used in order to support his / her training or teaching or research in the interface of photonics with nanotechnology. The iPEN addressed this need in the area of Israel. All the developed material is available in the English language since this will boost the internationalization of the Israeli Higher Education System. The main designed tasks in order for this WP to be implemented were the following:
- The development of theoretical fundamental modules in the fields of Photonics that support the further students’ training in the field.
- The development of theoretical modules related to the most wanted soft skills a scientist should have.
- The development of theoretical modules/seminars in the use of ICT tools along with teaching and learning.
- The development of audio or/and video support of the provided lecture sessions of the iPEN modules.
- The development of online lab demonstrations on selected lab experiments.
- The development of the LMS platform that all the iPEN modules will be uploaded.
- The organization of four Intensive Programs (IPs) addressing the topics of soft skills, use of ICT tools in teaching, laser fundamentals & applications, laser sintering & nanopatterning, nanophotonic & nanoplasmonic devices.
- The building of the assessment regarding the impact of the IPs on the participants.
- The building of a report regarding the difference between the European Higher Education with the Israeli one.
The implementation of the WP has been affected by the two COVID-19 lockdowns experienced (April – June 2019 & October – June 2020) with severe delays to be observed regarding the delivery of all the targeted modules. Moreover of the four planned face-to-face Intensive programs, only three occurred face to face, and three more were delivered online. The modules have already started to be uploaded onto the iPEN Moodle Platform – click here
2.1 & 2.5, 2.6 Development of modules in photonic processes techniques and sources.
- An Introduction to Fundamental Optics (delivered by POLIMI, Italy) – link to Moodle
- An Introduction to Quantum Optics (delivered by WIS, Israel) – link to Moodle
- An Introduction to Laser Physics and Systems (delivered by HMU, Greece) – link to Moodle
- An Introduction to Non-Linear Optics (delivered by SCE, Israel) – link to Moodle
- Principles of Time-Resolved Photoluminescent & Transient Absorption Spectroscopy (delivered by POLIMI, Italy) – link to Moodle
- Principles of nanophotonic and nanoplasmonic devices (delivered by University of Twente, Netherlands) – link in Moodle
- Laser Safety Course (delivered by IESL – FORTH, Greece) – link in Moodle
- Optical Engineering Principles (delivered by HIT, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Optical Nanosensor Principles (delivered by TECHNION, Israel) – link in Moodle
- An Introduction to Raman Spectroscopy (delivered by HMU, Greece) – link in Moodle
- An Introduction to Silicon Photonics (delivered by BIU, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Principles of XRD Technique (delivered by FAU, Germany) – link in Moodle
- Principles of TEM and SEM Imaging techniques (delivered by FAU, Germany) – link in Moodle
- Laser Optics Instrumentation (delivered by IESL, Greece) – link in Moodle
- Electromagnetic Radiation and Optical Properties (delivered by HMU, Greece) – link in Moodle
- Biomedical and Biosensing Optical Devices (delivered by BGU, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Fundamentals of Optoelectronics (delivered by SCE, Israel) – link in Moodle
- FTIR, UV-VIS Spectroscopy (delivered by BGU, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Photonic Laboratory Demonstrations (delivered by IESL, Greece) – link in Moodle
- Principles of Nanotechnology and Nanodevices (delivered by HIT, Israel) – link in Moodle
- RF and Integrated Photonic Principles (delivered by HIT, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Photonic Sintering and Structuring (delivered by FAU, Germany) – link in Moodle
- Introduction to Materials and Nanotechnology (delivered by WIS, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Lab Instrumentation in a Nanotechnology Laboratory (delivered by BIU, Israel) – link in Moodle.
- Principles of Non-Linear Imaging (delivered by Twente, Netherlands) – link in Moodle.
- Advanced Experimental Methods in Optics and Photonics – link in Moodle.
2.2 & 2.7 Construction of Modules in Soft Skills Development.
- How to develop oral presentation skills (delivered by W2L, Greece) – link in Moodle
- How to develop critical thinking (delivered by W2L, Greece) – link in Moodle
- Teaching Open Science and Copyright Policy (delivered by W2L, Greece) – link in Moodle
- How to develop scientific writing (delivered by W2L, Greece) – link in Moodle
- How to read, present and submit your work (delivered by HMU, Greece) – link in Moodle
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation Skills (delivered by SCE, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Soft/Transferable Laboratory Skills (delivered by BGU, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Building your Resilience Skills (delivered by HMU, Greece) – link in Moodle
2,3, 2.4 & 2.8 Building Students and Scholars ICT Literacy for Educational Purposes.
- Development Principles of an online course: Principles and Applications (delivered by MEITAL, Israel) – link in Moodle
- Modern Educational Teaching Techniques, Development of Soft Skills and ICT Tools in Higher Education (delivered by WIS, Israel and HMU, Greece) – link in Moodle
- How to use Moodle Platform (delivered by MEITAL, Israel) – link in Moodle
2.9 The Educational Platform (to receive your credentials please contact firstname.lastname@example.org) – the link is here.
2.10 The Organization of Intensive Courses & Webinars – the links are here.
- 1st Intensive Course in Modern Educational Methods & Tools in Higher Education, Soft Skills and ICT Tools for scholars and students – YouTube link.
- 2nd Intensive Course in Lasers, and Laser Spectroscopy – YouTube link.
- 3rd Intensive Course in Lasers, Laser Sintering & Patterning – YouTube link.
- Online Course in Transition from f2f teaching to online – YouTube link.
- Online Course in Soft and Learning Skills Development – YouTube link.
- Online Course in Nanophotonics and Nanoplasmonics – YouTube link.
2.11 Reporting the impact of the Intensive Courses on participants: students, scholars, and professionals.
- 1st Intensive program in modern educational teaching methods, tools in Higher Education (hosted by WIS, Israel, October 2018) – the report
- 2nd Intensive program in Lasers and Laser Spectroscopy (hosted by POLIMI, Italy, May 2019) – the report
- 3rd Intensive program in Laser Sintering & Patterning (hosted by FAU, Germany, November 2019) – the report
- Online School in Online Teaching & Learning (hosted online, April & May 2020 hosted by HMU & EVM) – the report.
- Online School in Soft and Learning Skills Development (hosted online by HMU & W2L, March 2021) – the report
- Online School in Nanophotonics and Nanoplasmonics (hosted online by HMU & Twente, September 2021) – the report
2.12 Evaluation of iPEN modules from their stakeholders – the deliverable could not be implemented due to disruption of the COVID-19 in the period from March 2020 – to September 2021.
2.13 Pilot Phase of the selected number of iPEN modules.
- The module ‘An Introduction to Laser Physics and Systems‘ and the Laser Safety Course were tested from February to June 2021 in SCE, Israel – all the videos have been uploaded into this module Moodle.
- The modules related to Soft Skills introduced a collaboration between HIT and HMU with the launching of the Soft Skills Academy that was executed for three consecutive semesters from November 2021 – October 2021 (new course).
- All the modules related to Soft Skills introduced and be tested during the module Soft & Research Skills Development delivered by HMU in Greece.
- The Soft/Transferable Laboratory Skills course is taught in BGU since is part of the BGU Curriculum (updated by iPEN project)
- The module in An Introduction to Quantum Optics is a module in the WIS program (updated by iPEN project).
- The module Introduction to Materials and Nanotechnology is taught and is part of the curriculum in WIS, Israel.
- The module Silicon Photonics is taught and is part of the BIU curriculum in BIU, Israel.
- The module ‘Spectroscopy’ & Lab Demos module are taught and is a demonstrator in BGU, Israel.
- The module ‘Biomedical and Biosensing Optical Devices‘ is part of the BGU, Israel.
- The module ‘Fundamental of Nanosensors‘ is taught and is part of the TECHNION curriculum in Israel.
- The module in ‘Optical Engineering‘ is taught and is part of the HIT curriculum in Israel.
- The module in ‘An Introduction to Laser Physics and Systems‘ is taught and is part of the HMU postgraduate curriculum.
- All the ICT modules (3) build the teaching competencies (2.3) have been tested during the 4th Intensive Course that took place in the period from April – to May 2020.
- The module on how to develop an online course has been tested by all the iPEN teachers during the development and uploading of their materials onto the iPEN platform.
- The Shamoon College Engineering in Israel has announced the following plans regarding the exploitation plan of the iPEN modules – please check it here.
- The BIU in Israel and the School of Engineering will use the iPEN platform as a whole to contribute to the ‘Study in Israel’ initiative and to its internationalization program. The iPEN modules will be offered, following the flipped classroom approach, to its International incoming students.
2.14 Homogenisation of Israeli Higher Educational System with the European Higher Education Policies – click here to download the report.
Workpackage Three: Quality Plan (coordinated by W2L, Greece)
3.1 Task distribution and assessment forms; data collection and quality monitoring.
- The Quality Plan Framework (W2L, Greece) – please click here.
- The External Evaluator (EVM, Spain) quality plan – please click here.
- The Management Quality Assurance Report for the 1st year – please click here.
- The Management Quality Assurance Report for the 2nd year – please click here.
- The Management Quality Assurance Report for the 3rd year – please click here.
- The Management Quality Assurance Report for the 4th year – please click here.
- The external evaluator report for the 1st face-to-face Intensive Program hosted by WIS, Israel (October 2018) – please click here.
- The external evaluator report for the 2nd face-to-face Intensive Program hosted by POLIMI, Italy (May 2019) – please click here.
- The external evaluator report for the 3rd face-to-face Intensive Program hosted by FAU, Germany (November 2019) – please click here.
- The external evaluator report for the 1st online Intensive Program hosted by HMU & EVM (April & May 2020) – please click here.
- The external evaluator report for the 2nd online Intensive Program hosted by HMU & W2L (March 2021) – please click here.
- The external evaluator report for the 3rd Intensive Program hosted by HMU & Twente (Ausust 2021) – please click here.
- The evaluation of the 1st face-to-face progress meeting in BIU, October 2017 – please click here.
- The evaluation of the 2nd face – to face progress meeting in HIT, April 2018 – please click here.
- The evaluation of the 3rd face-to-face progress meeting in WIS, October 2018 – please click here.
- The evaluation of the 4th face-to-face progress meeting in POLIMI, May 2019 – please click here (online using Kahoot).
- The evaluation of the 5th face-to-face progress meeting in FAU, November 2019 – please click here.
3.2 Innovation audit – please click here.
Workpackage Four: Dissemination & Exploitation (Responsible Partner: Bar Ilan University)
4.1 Dissemination & Exploitation Plan – please click here.
4.2 Project Website – please click here.
4.3 Project Webpages
- At Hellenic Mediterranean University – please click here.
- At Politechnico di Milano – please click here.
- At the University of Twente – please click here.
- At FAU – please click here.
- At W2L – please click here.
- At Bar-Ilan University – please click here.
- At Weizmann Institute of Science – please click here.
- At Sami Shamoon College of Engineering – please click here.
- At Holon Institute of Technology – please click here.
- At MEITAL – please click here.
- At Ben Gurion University – please click here.
- At TECHNION – please click here.
- At IESL – please click here.
4.4 Social Media
- 1st Newsletter – please click here.
- 2nd Newsletter – please click here.
- 3rd Newsletter – please click here.
4.6 Dissemination Materials: Project flier, Posters, and Banners
- iPEN Poster – please click here.
- iPEN Banner – please click here.
- iPEN 2021 Diary – please click here.
- iPEN Videos – the motivation to participate in the iPEN project.
- iPEN in HMU – please click here.
- iPEN in IESL – please click here.
- iPEN in Twente – please click here.
- iPEN in FAU – please click here.
- iPEN in BIU – please click here.
- iPEN in WIS – please check here.
- iPEN in TECHNION – please click here.
- iPEN in SCE – please click here.
- iPEN in BGU – please click here.
- iPEN in HIT – please click here.
- iPEN video made by the students who participated in the 2nd iPEN Intensive Program hosted by POLIMI (May 2019) – please click here.
- Other Dissemination Products – please click here.
4.7 Presentations & Publications in Seminars, Meetings, Intensive Courses, Industrial Fairs
- Presentation of the iPEN Project during the kick-off meeting in Bar Ilan University, October 2017, please click here.
- Presentation of the iPEN Project in the Greek National Agency (December 2017) as the 1st Capacity Building is coordinated by Greek HEI – please click here.
- Presentation of the iPEN Project during the 1st Intensive Program hosted by the WIS in Israel, October 2018 – check it here: presentation / and the video.
- Presentation during the event hosted by the Israeli NA in Jerusalem, 26th of November 2018 – click here
- Presentation of the IPEN Project in the Department of Electronic Engineering, HMU, Greece – please click here
- The iPEN project was disseminated through the open-access publication (2018) in Materials Journal (MDPI) / the presentation is related to one of the chapters of the iPEN course in Laser Physics – please click here.
- Presentation of the iPEN Project by Dr. Zourou (W2L, Greece) in the OPEN Access Week (2018) – check it here
- Dr. Zourou’s (W2L, Greece) presentation in Shanghai, China December 2018 – please check it here
- The iPEN Project was presented during the International Week, HMU organized in Chania from the 20th to the 25th of May – please check it here (on the 21st of May 2019)
- A publication related to another iPEN module (Optical Characterization of the Solar Cells – 2019) has just been published in the open-access journal Energies (MDPI). The title of this journal publication is ‘How to Build and Characterize an Organic Solar Cell’. Please check here: https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/12/11/2188/htm
- Prof. Blonder (WIS, Israel) and Mr. Schumueli (MEITAL, Israel) presented the iPEN project along with a seminar that took place on the 9th of January 2020 in MEITAL, Israel. Their presentation had the title: The development of advanced courses in nanotechnology and soft skills and their integration in science and engineering high education: The i-PEN project. Please click here
- The iPEN project presented by Dr. Konstantinos Petridis during the 18TH ANNUAL NATIONAL MEITAL CONFERENCE 2020 (IUCC) on Teaching and Learning Technologies Accelerating Higher Education will take place on the 1st of July 2020. One of the sessions of this national conference will be devoted to OPEN LEARNING RESOURCES IN INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS, along which the iPEN project was presented – please click here
- The iPEN project was disseminated in HIT, Israel by two invited talks by Dr. Konstantinos Petridis during his Presentation in HIT – How to Learn Online the period of the 2nd lockdown (October – July 2021) – please click here
- Professor Ron Blonder, WIS-Israel, presented the iPEN project support on the 5th of October 2021 during the Nano-Israel Conference. Her presentation can be downloaded from here
- A publication of a research work that has been implemented with the support of equipment has been purchased by iPEN project in HIT, Israel – Please check it here.
4.8 The sign of International Mobility for staff and student mobility for training and studies (KA1 Action)
The HMU has signed bilateral agreements through the International Credit Mobility calls (KA131 and KA171) in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 with the following Israeli iPEN partners: Bar Ilan University (Staff and Student exchange), Holon Institute of Technology (Staff and Student exchange), Shamoon College of Engineering (Staff and Student exchange) and Weizmann Institute of Science. More than ten mobilities between HMU and the Israeli Institutes have occurred since 2017 within the framework of the KA1 actions.
4.9 The organization of an Erasmus Week in Good Teaching methods & Photonics, nanotechnologies in Crete
A face-to-face event devoted to Photonics was not possible due to COVID-19 travel restrictions from March 2020 to June 2021 in Israel and also in Europe. However several online events took place within the framework of photonics & nanotechnologies and also in good teaching methods. More particular:
- The iPEN project responded immediately to the COVID-19 imposed sudden transition to online teaching. Three online webinars of a total duration of nine hours dealing with the pedagogy, tool, and psychological support for the online teaching and learning requests. Please check it here.
- From April to July 2021 the iPEN project in collaboration with the School of Engineering in Bar Ilan organized the iPEN Colloquial Talks in Photonics and Nanotechnologies. Please check it here.
Workpackage Five: Management (leading Institution: Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece)
5.1 Project Manual – please click here.
5.2 iPEN Consortium Agreement – please click here.
5.3 iPEN Internal Progress and Financial Reports; these are sensitive documents that can not be exposed to public access.
5.5 iPEN Progress and Final Report; both of them have been submitted to the EACEA. The received feedback from the progress report can be found here.
5.6 External Audit Report – please click here.
5.7 Face to Face & Online Progress Meetings – please click here.
5.8 Online Management Tools:
- To share documents the iPEN project used the Google Drive – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1NKz5a-7sygUDhJYWttVnFmSVU?resourcekey=0-76Q3_SLFw9bi97C7Wjr4Dw&usp=sharing
- To communicate the iPEN employed emails (more than 3500 emails have been exchanged during the project) and the zoom platform.
- For decision making the is employed the doodle platform is.
- For voting & gamification, the iPEN employed the Mentimeter.
- For editing and recording videos the iPEN employed the PPT tools and the Camtasia.