Digi-Culture Project: Closing Workshop

This week the Digi-Culture project has its closing workshop over 3-days in Timisoara, Romania as part of the IAFeS International Conference NETTIES. This hybrid workshop with a mix of online and in-place events is a chance to celebrate the cultural and creative industries that have been hit hard by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Digi-Culture project team sought to help by sharing our experience in online learning and opening the door to future digital innovation in this sector. The reality is that even before the pandemic there was…

“a lack of digital capacity in both the leadership of and processes within the sector” (Bowes et al., 2018).

The workshop will present the 13 free online courses developed within the Digital Culture project. These courses aim at improving the individual digital competences and social inclusion of adults working in creative industries. While they primarily target this sector and include a range of topics ranging digital safety to digital content creation, they are open to everyone. The video below tells you more about how to access the courses.

You can learn more, and register for these and the other courses in the series, on the DigiCulture website.

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Bowes, L., Higton, J., Spong, S., Welford, J., Choudhoury, A., & Francis, N. (2018). Skills needs assessment for the creative and cultural sector: A current and future outlook. CFE Research.https://creativealliance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Report-Skills-Needs-Assessment-For-The-Creative-And-Cultural-Sector-CCSkills.pdf

Creating a European Open Educational Resources Ecosystem

A team from the NIDL are the DCU partners in an EU Erasmus+ funded project called Encore+: The European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education. The Encore+ project aims to create a European network that supports innovation and entrepreneurship with Open Educational Resources (OER).

While current evidence suggests there are pockets of engagement with OER in European academic and business contexts, no integrated European OER university-business ecosystem exists to identify, catalyse and share best practices. The Encore+ project seeks to address this gap in the OER ecosystem by supporting the uptake of OER in business and academia.

The ENCORE Ecosystem Model

Research About Attitudes Towards OERs

We are currently researching attitudes towards OER in higher education and business. We are interested in finding out what motivates people to create and use OER and why they value these activities. We are interested in gathering information about institutional policies, practices and business cases involving OER.  We are seeking participants from two broad cohorts:

  • Higher education 
  • Business

How to Participate

We would like to invite you to participate in this valuable research, please take a few minutes to participate in our online survey. You can read more about the survey and respond to the questions through this link…


To find out more about the Encore+ project, visit our project website where you can learn more about our partners and other outputs and deliverables related to this OER initiative. ENC