Yurgos Politis

Yurgos Politis
Central European University (@CTL) - Vienna

PhD
Lecturer at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Central European University, Vienna campus

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Introduction
I have done research in Physics Education, Higher Education, adult education, Lifelong Learning. His most current research interests are in Inclusive/Special Education/Assistive Technology. I'm examining the effectiveness of the use of innovative technologies for provision of skills training to people with neurodevelopmental disabilities. I'm also interested in Participatory Design approaches to the Tech design development process I order to create products that better meet the needs and preferences of those populations, but at an individualized level
Additional affiliations
February 2020 - present
Technological University Dublin - City Campus
Position
  • Learnng Developer
Description
  • I teach Research Methods on the MA/MSc course. I develop CPD courses for internal/external academic staff. I do teaching observations of new academics and educational research. I disseminate the research and represent LTTC on TU Dublin committees
January 2016 - January 2019
Michigan State University; University College Dublin
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • This project will improve social skills of teenagers with ASD with the creation of Individual Educational Plans through a Virtual World. This study will create an intervention that is personalized according to the needs and preferences of each participant
June 2013 - December 2015
Dublin City University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • EC funded projects 1. The ESRALE project aims to coordinate and develop systematic European research in adult education. 2. The COMMIT project will help universities reviewing their strategy for implementing a comprehensive LLL university approach.
Education
March 2003 - June 2007
University College Dublin
Field of study
  • Physics Education
September 2000 - September 2002
University College Dublin
Field of study
  • Education
September 1995 - September 1999
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Field of study
  • Physics and Education

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Publications (53)
Technical Report
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This study examined the nature and extent of the changes experienced by the academic profession in Ireland in recent years. The report outlines current characteristics of the academic profession — those who teach and / or research — providing a profile of academics in Ireland. Three themes are investigated, the professional contexts of Irish academ...
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Games and virtual worlds have many potential benefits for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in terms of training, education, and rehabilitation. However, because this population presents a wide range of specific needs and abilities, it can be difficult to design games which are engaging and present optim...
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Purpose: Users’ role in co-designing products has changed: from influencing outcomes to influencing development/design; from standardizing to customizing products/outcomes; from participating to engaging designers/developers. Although this Participatory Design (PD) approach makes users’ role more prominent it has been under-utilized for technologic...
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Purpose: People with cognitive disabilities have a right to an inclusive society, and to have access to services and products that meet their specific needs. Participatory design (PD) represents a potentially effective way to ensure these rights, because users become influencers of the technological development and design process, are actively invo...
Method
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A new measure for the assessment of conversation skills
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The sudden national move to online/remote teaching and learning has presented a unique dual opportunity to explore the strategic value and importance of embracing learning technology to increase the proportion of the undergraduate (UG) supervision community actively developing their practice. We have delivered a redesigned module as part of an accr...
Chapter
The advancement of modern technology has changed our life. Amongst many influences, assistive technology is particularly impactful to individuals with disabilities. These technologies have made the impossible possible. Specifically, functions such as the built-in accessibility feature of a cellphone have mainstreamed the accommodation and made one...
Experiment Findings
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Open Educational Resources (OER) have been declared by UNESCO as a promising tool to address inclusion in educational settings. However, recent studies support the need to pay more attention to the accessibility and inclusion capacity of OER. In this context, this paper provides evidence about the benefits of adopting Universal Design for Learning...
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In this chapter we will reflect on two projects that have enabled disabled groups to be involved in designing and influencing technology that will be used by them. In addition, we will reflect on the process, limitations, barriers and actual involvement of the user groups. The case studies will be illustrative and provide a rich and meaningful acco...
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Participatory design (PD) refers to the involvement of users in the design and development process. Those who may be identified as eventual users of such technology are often involved in the development process as testers or as informants. However, PD aims to transform this user involvement, allowing users to contribute ideas and influence the desi...
Poster
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There have been few studies conducted using user involvement in the special education needs field. Early attempts were not that inclusive, because the users were limited to being either testers or informants (Druin, 2002). For instance, autistic children were involved in a participatory design as testers (Keay-Bright, 2007; Van Rijn & Stappers., 20...
Presentation
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Introduction: This case study presents the dynamics involved in the co-creation of training materials with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (IDs). A PD approach ensures neurodiverse voices are heard, they are treated as valued partners and can affect the end-product. There is a gap with PD research with ID populations. Methods: Participa...
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Children with genetic neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) such as Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Fragile X syndrome may show a range of cognitive impairments, including impairments in executive functions (EF). EF are related to general intelligence, academic achievement, and literacy and mathematical skills. EF deficits are linked to a v...
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People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) typically have difficulties with communication and socialization skills, (Fombonne, 2005; Levy & Perry, 2011; Rivet & Matson, 2011; Suzuki 2011). Such difficulties are linked to the development of problem behaviours, and thus young adults with ASD struggle to find or keep employment; to begin or maintain...
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Given the impact of austerity on higher education systems, an intellectual concern with the impact of austerity on faculty seems appropriate. In this article, austerity is explored through the everyday lived experience of faculty and its impact on both their personal and professional contexts. This aspect has been under-researched in the higher edu...
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The Virtual World (VW) development was an iterative process and employed a Participatory Design approach: o 2 developers with experience and expertise in autism, created a minimally viable version of the VW. o software test sessions with two 15-user stress test groups (8 of whom were people with ASD), which identified anomalies or features that w...
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This paper presents the development phase of the of the Virtual World that is going to be used by the Virtual Learning for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (VL4ASD) project, which aims to create training materials on conversation skills. This project is geared towards addressing the communication deficits of ASD populations, by exploring the...
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Update of the VL4ASD project
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Games and virtual worlds have many potential benefits for people with intellectual disabilities, in terms of training, education, and rehabilitation. However, because this population presents a wide range of specific needs and abilities, it can be difficult to design games which are engaging and present optimum levels of challenge to players. By In...
Technical Report
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The main purpose of the USR Toolkit is the delivery of a joint Toolkit of Practices for European universities, focusing on examples of good practices, covering social responsibility and interactions between the university and their local communities. The toolkit contains 21 recent examples of already implemented USR-practices, which are collected u...
Technical Report
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The main purpose of the USR Toolkit is the delivery of a joint Toolkit of Practices for European universities, focusing on examples of good practices, covering social responsibility and interactions between the university and their local communities. The toolkit contains 21 recent examples of already implemented USR-practices, which are collected...
Technical Report
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The main purpose of the USR Toolkit is the delivery of a joint Toolkit of Practices for European universities, focusing on examples of good practices, covering social responsibility and interactions between the university and their local communities. The toolkit contains 21 recent examples of already implemented USR-practices, which are collected...
Technical Report
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The main purpose of the USR Toolkit is the delivery of a joint Toolkit of Practices for European universities, focusing on examples of good practices, covering social responsibility and interactions between the university and their local communities. The toolkit contains 21 recent examples of already implemented USR-practices, which are collected...
Technical Report
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The main purpose of the USR Toolkit is the delivery of a joint Toolkit of Practices for European universities, focusing on examples of good practices, covering social responsibility and interactions between the university and their local communities. The toolkit contains 21 recent examples of already implemented USR-practices, which are collected...
Technical Report
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The main purpose of the USR Toolkit is the delivery of a joint Toolkit of Practices for European universities, focusing on examples of good practices, covering social responsibility and interactions between the university and their local communities. The toolkit contains 21 recent examples of already implemented USR-practices, which are collected...
Book
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Higher Education systems and universities worldwide are constantly being transformed due to ever-changing practices and policies. Recent research reveals the challenges between society and higher education continue to grow. This book explores the role of higher education in today's society. It discusses the rapidly changing nature of higher educati...
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This chapter explores current patterns of participation and progression by mature students in undergraduate (Bachelors) programmes in an Irish university. The study was conducted by HERC (Higher Education Research Centre) in collaboration with an Institutional Analysis and Research Office with input from an expert Advisory Group. Based on the sugge...
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The first European study to analyze the new working conditions and careers of academic staff at universities Provides new insights into the academic profession and changes related to work, identity and job roles Presents a broad diversity of the perspectives included in the analysis of changing academic careers and work Draws overall conclusions fr...
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Approximately 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability. Facing a wide range of barriers, including access to information, education, healthcare and a lack of job opportunities, persons living with disabilities struggle every day to be integrated into society. In recent decades, the use of ICT for educational purposes has incr...
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Over the past years, several frameworks have been developed aiming to support inclusive learning by the provision of flexible or individualized learning experiences. These frameworks recognize the broad diversity of learners and they provide specific learning design principles to ensure accessibility of all learner types to the learning environment...
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Research, along with teaching, is viewed as a central component of academic work. Research outputs also impact on the reputation of universities and other institutes of higher education as well as affecting the career trajectories of academics. The impact of research at a reputational level is evident in the impetus from management in universities...
Technical Report
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The ATECI has commissioned this report, which will identify and categorise the key inputs and outputs with regard to the ATECI’s participation in the programme. The report will consider the role and function of the ATECI as exercised to date by the Network with particular reference to Network Inputs & Formal commitment (Policy) in the support of th...
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There has been a disturbing decline in the take-up of physics within second-level education in Ireland since the early nineties. Here, an analysis is presented of the main factors influencing the take-up of physics from the perspective of secondary school teachers. The database underpinning the analysis is based on a comprehensive survey of teacher...

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More of an approach than a theory but it is very topical. Would it be a good fit though for your book project?

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A repository for resources i have developed over the years, which can be found in my personal blog
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To examine whether a key Science textbook in the Irish second level education system is gender biased.
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To provide a measure of a person’s conversation skills ability and gauge whether they have achieved any personal growth. The authors do not wish to perpetuate an ableist social construct of what is a “good” conversation and they do not suggest that conversation training is necessary specifically for people with communication and/or socialization difficulties. Rather, they hope that the tool will be adopted more broadly to examine conversation skills of both neurotypical and neurodivergent people and hopefully give them a better understanding of how to communicate more effectively with others, and thus make them more aware and accepting of differing conversational styles. Audience: The authors envisage that the Tool could be used with children at an early age as an exemplar of the elements of a conversational interaction they would need to pay attention to. ChAT could also be useful for people who are learning English as a foreign language and for people with conversation/communication difficulties. Resources/material: 1. Article on the development and validation process of ChAT. 2. Article on the development and implementation of the Intervention/training