“Digital Resources of Knowledge and their Contribution to Philology” Workshop 

CHS GR - Philologists workshop image #1 Autumn 2015The Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece offers the workshop “Digital resources of knowledge and their contribution to philology”. The workshop is held with the support of the Association of Philologists from the Argolid (Greek acronym: ΣΦΑ). It aims at introducing Greek literature teachers to concepts such as digital literacy and information fluency, with emphasis on digital resources in the humanities, both in Greek and English. At the end of this workshop, the participants are expected to have familiarized with research methods as well as the digital environment of valid and reliable resources.

The workshop’s objectives:

  • To contribute to the overcoming of the cognitive barriers of educators in conducting CHS GR - Philologists workshop image #2 Autumn 2015research on the internet
  • To familiarize the participants with the range, variety and proper use of digital resources
  • To help the participants develop fluency in research, use and evaluation of digital resources of knowledge
  • To familiarize the participants with open access digital resources as well as the resources of Harvard’s digital library (where they can have free access through the Center for Hellenic Studies), available to use in their educational work
  • To identify the scope of resources and the concept of open access
  • To discuss issues of intellectual property and fair use of resources
  • For the participants to learn the management tools for bibliographical resources and reports

The workshop’s outcomes

Upon completion of the workshop participants are expected to:

  • Use digital resources to enhance their teaching (or research) workCHS GR - Philologists workshop image #3 Autumn 2015
  • Be familiar with navigating in open access resources and Harvard’s digital resources (which are generally not free to the public, but yet free open access is provided to everyone through CHS GR)
  • Be familiar with the use of evaluation criteria of digital resources
  • Be able to assess and participate in platforms of massive open online courses
  • Learn how to use research tools for writing bibliographical references and documentation of research

The second cycle of the workshop on “Digital resources of knowledge and their contribution to philology”

The series of workshops launched in 2014–2015 evolved. During the academic year 2015–2016 besides the workshops of the first cycle that were prepared and implemented, a second cycle of workshop series was developed with advanced content.

The scope of this development was to fully emerge the participants to the concepts of digital resources management and digital tools and to continuously advance their knowledge and skills on the field. The goal of this workshops series is for participants to advance their skills in digital research and use of digital resources, aiming at the production and publication of original material in electronic media and platforms useful in teaching.

More specifically, the 2nd cycle series aims at encouraging literature teachers to build on the knowledge and skills they acquire during 1st cycle in the creative use of digital resources. According to their special interests on specific thematic fields (literature, ancient or modern, history, ancient or modern Greek language) they dive deeper into research, employing digital resources and they implement their research skills in practice, developing original content, useful in teaching, their own as well as their fellows.

The Center for Hellenic Studies created an electronic platform http://infofluency-gr.chs.harvard.edu for the participant literature teachers who were willing to publish their projects.

During the 2nd cycle series, members of the Association of Philologists, Mr. Philippos Delis and Mr. Vasilis Vasileiou, experienced in digital literacy, also participate as educators, introducing their colleagues to the use of valued and trusted greek aggregators and sites, useful in their field work.

During the workshop held in May 2016, it is worth mentioning that Dr. Vassilis Vassileiadis, scientific researcher at the Center for the Greek Language, was invited as educator and introduced the participants to ways of using the educational platforms Proteas and Psifides in their teaching. Furthermore, Dr. Vassileiadis gave a lecture, open to all interested literature teachers, on the topic: Psifides and Proteas: digital resources for the Greek language and language education. A Tool, a digital content repository or something more?”

Useful Information

The workshop series were coordinated by Matina Goga, Maria Konstantopoulou and Giorgos Trapalis and this threefold collaboration is a result of the collaboration between CHS GR and the FOUGARO cultural complex and the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning. Its content is the product of a similar workshop that the coordinators attended at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC with a wide adaptation and development to the requirements of Greek educational reality.

Maria Konstantopoulou is a Librarian-Archivist, Head of the Anthos Library of the Fougaro complex. She has graduated from the Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology at the Ionian University and holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Informatics from the University of the Aegean. An IKY scholarship holder for studies at the school Lettere e Filosofia at Università degli studi Federico ΙΙ. A member of the Association of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists since 2009 and member of the Network group of Greek Special Libraries since 2010. Since 2004 she has worked in libraries (public and academic) In Patras, Corfu, Athens, Mytilene, and Chios as well as the Aigio Historical Archives and since 2008 she has taken over as Head of the Anthos Library (FOUGARO, Nafplio).

Giorgos Trapalis has a degree in linguistics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has worked as a lexicographer ever since the beginning of the 1990s. He has extensive experience in the teaching of Greek as a Foreign Language to E.U. interpreters and translators. Since 2008 he is in charge of the Electronic and Printed Information Service of the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning and a member of the Digital Arsakeio Support Team (e-arsakeio). He is deeply involved in teacher training for the creation of digital courses and the dissemination of digital literacy and Digital Humanities. He actively engages into research in linguistics and lexicography (articles, conference papers, participation in research programs) and has taught lexicography at postgraduate courses at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. From his research on the works of the poet and writer Nikos Kavvadias, a book, articles, lectures, radio and television programs have emerged.

Matina Goga is the Curricular Development Manager for the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece and in charge of guiding and supporting visitors - researchers at the Center and Harvard’s digital library. She has graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Education and Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as the Department of Career Counseling and Guidance with a corresponding degree from S.E.LE.T.E.. She has completed postgraduate studies in Career Counseling and Guidance in the University of Athens as well as in Strategic Human Resources Management in ALBA Graduate Business School. She has been trained and certified in the fields of Psychology, Multicultural Counseling, Adult Education, Management, etc. She has extensive experience in the Management and Coordination of Human Resources Development European projects and in European Networks for Employability and Work in Europe. She has collaborated with the Panteion University and other institutions in teacher training programs. She was Head of the INEDIVIM Parents School Program in Argolid, in 2005 until its completion in 2015 and worked for 10 years in the Second Chance School as a Career Development Consultant. She is actively involved in training programs and career coaching and mentoring workshops, Adult Education and the counseling of young people.