“Centros educativos com competências digitais e cívicas” – DiCi-Educa

Com cofinanciamento Academias Gulbenkian do Conhecimento, o projeto “Centros educativos com competências digitais e cívicas” – DiCi-Educa visa melhorar as competências cívicas e mediáticas de jovens (14-18 anos) institucionalizados em Centros Educativos (CE) da Direção-Geral da Reinserção e Serviços Prisionais (DGRSP). Nomeadamente, pretende dotar e articular competências de adaptabilidade ao uso do digital em relação ao contexto envolvente ao nível de: comunicação, pensamento criativo, resiliência e resolução de problemas. Privilegiamos o trabalho colaborativo e o aprender a aprender para ajudar os jovens a melhor se posicionarem dentro do CE e no regresso à vida em sociedade. Propomos usar os media em articulação com componentes temáticas sociais. A promoção de competências cruzadas com outras capacidades pessoais e sociais constituem-se como elementos essenciais nas vidas destes jovens e na sua reintegração numa sociedade fortemente mediatizada.

A COFAC é a entidade coordenadora do projeto, que foi desenvolvido pela nossa unidade de investigação CICANT, e tem como parceiro direto a DGRSP. Da equipa fazem parte Maria José Brites (Universidade Lusófona do Porto), Vera Duarte (Instituto Universitário da Maia), Daniel Catalão (Universidade Lusófona do Porto), Teresa Sofia Castro (ICNOVA – Instituto de Comunicação da NOVA) e Fernando Catarino (Universidade Lusófona).


According to recent studies developed by the European Commission, there is an urgent need to improve Initial Teacher Education (ITE) to make it more attractive, collaborative and system-wide focused. Some of the detected competencies and selection, short term vision and poor evaluation system performance. VIR_TEACH is a step forward to advance on the previous work developed by other networks that have been pursuing the internationalisation of educational practice. While the labour mobility of this sector is in continuous growth, there is no unified format for teacher training at European level. Neither the digital platforms for promoting mobility, nor unified digital tools for the mentoring the needs of students in their internship phase.

The creation of the digital space suggested in VIR_TEACH (A Virtual Solution for a comprehensive and coordinated training for foreign language TEACHers in Europe) project would foster the internationalization and convergence of national formats, as well as the exchange of methodologies and good practices. The objectives are:

– To design of user-friendly and useful digital tools aimed at ITE, focused on knowledge transfer, social networking and follow-up during the internship phase.

– To research into a coherent competencies framework and the broad outlines of institutional action.

– To promote the sharing of innovative practices in the initial training of language teachers and the internationalization of the respective training practices, progressing towards the European Convergence

The transnational cooperation required for the development of this project will ensure the exchange of best policies in ITE. The consortium if formed by 4 Universities from very various cultural backgrounds and wide geographical coverage (Belgium, Polonia, Portugal, Romania and Spain): The University, the  SSW Collegium Balticum and the Dimitri Cantemir Christian University. The target groups involved in this project are universities and secondary  and language schools from the participating countries, policy makers, trainee-teachers, policy makers and national representatives.

This project would provide a compendium of good practices and resources for trainee-teachers (O1). It would create a digital space of encounter and exchange between the teacher trainers, the students and the pre-service and in-service centers, providing in addition a digital space to enhance a greater coherence between the training and the internship phase (O2). A series of guidelines will be published, specifically for public administrators (O3). Also, two events will be organised, to disseminate these outputs and collect feedback: An International Workshop and Formative Evaluation and the First European Conference on Foreign Languages Teachers Training.

Furthermore, the Project will suppose:

– Higher degree of internationalisation of foreign language trainee-teachers

– Improved knowledge transfer and dissemination of resources and Best Practices and specific adaptation of tools and resources adapted to each national context

– More integrated follow-up the pre-service and in-service teacher training phases

– Enhanced and systematic protocol for professional competencies in the fields of teaching, didactics of foreign languages and peer-communication/peer-learning.

– Improvement of Best Practices exchange through the creation of a wide and transnational community of education professionals and trainee-teachers in the fields of foreign languages. This online communication will enjoy a great scope at long-term for implementing new masters and postgraduates exchange and internationalisation programmes.

Secondary Education is a crucial stage for assessing the Quality of the Formal Education systems in Europe. Foreign Language teachers training and procedures for accessing this profession is a key factor to ensure the formal education system follows the highest quality standards and does it in convergence with all European countries. VIR_TEACH aims to raise and homogenise the required competencies for an efficient and high-quality teaching labour at Secondary Education stages, developing methodologies and systematic analysis of the current situation in the EU and deploying a set of resources for taking the right steps and progress steadily in the right direction.

Project Reference: 2018-1-ES01-KA203-050045


The general objective of the project is to prevent vulnerable audiences from starting a process of radicalisation by offering them resilience and critical thinking mechanisms, as well as convince those already engaged within a process of radicalisation to abandon it or dissuade them from going further by providing an alternative narrative that deconstructs extremist rhetoric, in order to change violent behaviour.

This will be achieved through 7 social media campaigns, 3 of which targeting audiences vulnerable to Islamist extremism:

  1. Community Heroes: aims to provide resilience mechanisms, such as sense of community belonging or identity to vulnerable young people (aged 12-16) from Muslim communities through 3 animated short videos;
  2. Narratives of Global Islam: to empower Muslim communities through specific features of Islam, such as fundamental rights based on testimonies from Muslim leaders or activists (5 short videos);
  3. The True Face of Extremism: To present the reality of violent extremism based on former extremists, their families and friends, in order to deconstruct idealistic views.
    (3 short videos).

Furthermore, 2 campaigns will target audiences vulnerable to far-right extremism:

  1. Conspiracy theories – from satire to danger: to demystify social myths and conspiracy theories propagated by far-right extremism through a factual and humorous tone (5 videos);
  2. What it’s like to be part of a far-right violent group: to share real narratives that identify the risks associated with being a former far-right violent extremist based on real experiences (3 short videos).

Lastly, 2 campaigns will be produced that target the common citizen, generally vulnerable to polarisation, misinformation and extremism:

  1. Critical thinking tools: to teach how to critically analyse information by recognizing assumptions or implications, especially as concerns information disseminated by both traditional and social media (4 short videos);
  2. Peer2peer communication: a call-to-action against extremism: to engage and reach local communities and call them to action against violent extremism (4 short videos).

Type and number of persons benefiting from the project: Target audiences will be reached through a total of 2 175 000 visualisations, 30 330 comments and 25 000 likes located in Portugal, Italy France, Sweden Romania or Hungary. The campaigns’ application, monitoring and evaluation will be performed by: Lusófona University, CESIE – Centro studi e iniziative europeo, CAPRI – Centre d’action et de prevention contre la radicalisation des individus, Uppsala University, PATRIR – Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania, and SVJ – Subjective Values Foundation. All the campaigns will be applied focusing on a specific target audience and, in addition to this, 1350 persons will be reached by offline actions, in order to boost the campaigns.

Project Ref: ISF-Police Action Grant – number: 812576

Principal Researcher: Cláudia Álvares

Project manager /coordination: José Paulo Oliveira


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The goal of the “FilmTerm” project is to create an audiovisual multilingual film art term base, merge international film terminology expertise, prior research and audiovisual examples, unify production standards for creating the audiovisual examples, determine the common features in the film terminology of the partner school countries and map out the differences, develop and put into practice a term base viewing web-platform which would take into account the nature of film art and the requirements of a film school (e.g. would enable displaying of audiovisual examples, the creation of illustrative lecture materials, gamified study materials and tests).
The project will address several inadequacies in the field of film terminology:
-The lack of terminological clarity, caused by the uneven fusion of traditions from different European and US practices of film making, research and criticism, is a common feature in most of the European countries. In the Baltic region the terminological confusion is even more prominent because of the historical influence of the Soviet film terminology.
-The terminological work is fragmented between various film schools and film industry organizations, without any obvious center. As a result, the schools and organizations tend to duplicate each other’s terminology work and the production standards for creating learning materials vary greatly between schools.
-Currently, the greater part of professional literature for film students in smaller European countries is in a foreign language. Textbook translations are infrequent and the creation of original learning materials is slow going.
-Commonly used term base platforms (e.g. Termeki, created by the Institute of the Estonian Language), although appropriate for general terminological work, do not take into account the nature of film art and the requirements of film schools, ignoring a strong need for embedding and/or viewing visual examples in the form of a short audio or video clip, photo or a schematic.
“FilmTerm” project will bring the film schools and film industry organizations of different countries closer together by creating a comprehensive audiovisual multilingual filmart termbase, aiding film students in their studies, making the exchange of lecturers and students more effortless, facilitating large-scale international projects, and contributing to the free movement of film professionals. Additionally, the film term database will aid carrying out collaborative projects in film research and theory, as well as writing and translating academic articles (and film criticism) and textbooks.
Furthermore, the project will provide a versatile termbase viewing platform tailored for film art terminology and the audiovisual examples. The innovative term base platform will enable the integration of the term base it to the film studies and also to web-based learning.
Thus, the Project aims to increase the quality of film education by facilitating cooperation and combining of resources between schools. It also brings the digital classroom to underprivileged – film art term base is an effortlessly implemented and free to use Open Educational Resource.
A multilingual terminology database will ensure the endurance of a national professional film terminology, preserving diversity without impeding collaboration.


Principal Investigator (PI): Manuel José Damásio

This project was selected to be funded in Erasmus Plus Programme


ULusófona Cooperativa de Formação e Animação Cultural (COFAC),
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (MUAS)
National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture (NFS)
University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy

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Universidade Lusófona
Universidade Lusófona do Porto

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