GENIUS "plaGiarism or crEativity: teachiNg Innovation versUs Stealing”
Comenius Multilateral Project n° 518603-LLP-2011-IT-COMENIUS-CMP
Website address: http://www.genius-project.eu/
The project, addressed to teachers and students of upper secondary schools, wants to strengthen learners’ skills by encouraging their initiative, their creativity along with their innovative spirit. Students surfing the Internet do not always give a critic approach to the information found from the web. They are often convinced of reliable contents and are used to “paste and copy” for their reports, short thesis, etc.
GENIUS project plans to develop and carry out two
online courses, one for students and another for
teachers, aimed at dealing with several topics as plagiarism or copyright
and the correct use of Internet in the schools. A close attention is given to
The GENIUS partnership, (3 Universities, 2 associations of teachers, 2 secondary schools and a local National Education Board) from 7 different countries (ES, GR, IT, PT, RO, TR, UK), after having established the competition rules, appoints a committee of judges along with two moderators to support the two teams. These latter, with the help of teachers of English, informatics and arts, will write two papers: one original and a false one. Each team will examine the work of the other trying to guess which is the original. The judges will evaluate the work of the two teams and elect the winner. The final competition will be carried out on a project e-learning platform, where didactic resources will be uploaded.
Finally the schools partners, the students and the teachers of the different countries will write a code of conduct, called “Code to Be GENIUS”, which will be inserted on the project website.
GENIUS develops a dynamic learning pathway for teachers and students separated at a first stage, joint in a second one, the competition. The main activities of this two-year (2011-2013) project are:
§ Paper Strategy: design, translation and distribution of GENIUS brochures/posters, a special issue of Scuol@Europa, GENIUS article in a local newspaper in Turkey, GENIUS article on FORMAMENTE, a further article on GENIUS outcomes in Scuol@Europa;
§ Multimedia Strategy: design, development, content translation of 3 Newsletters, GENIUS website, the electronic version of special issue of Scuol@Europa as well as the special article included on Scuol@Europa before final conference,
§ WEB TV Strategy: production of WEB/TV GENIUS video promo and WEB/TV Report on final conference and their Broadcast on Marconi Channel.
§ Valorisation contacts’ database developed and updated during the project life. It will include representatives of target groups, key contacts for dissemination and exploitation activities.
Multilingual Online course for teachers based also on Open Educational Resources (OER) for teachers about Plagiarism, Fair use of Web, Copyrights, citing, source’s reliability, Digital fluency/lack of transversal students’ skills, pedagogical methodologies to stimulate creativity
Multilingual Online course for students based also on OER about Plagiarism, sanctions, Fair use of Web, Copyrights, critic approach to Webpage, source’s reliability, citing, how to find out a fake, Creative writing, innovation against plagiarism in business.
“My Myths” Best Practices supports students in evaluating the value of ownership, the hard work beneath the best ideas (i.e. inventors of Youtube, Facebook, Google or famous blogger).
“Code to be GENIUS”, based on Researches’ results, is a code of Conduct, reference document to run a fair transnational project and contribute in building fair European Citizens.
Open Educational Resources database concerning Plagiarism issues, reviewed and updated by teachers and students.
This project, coordinated by USGM, is
carried out by a multinational partnership including institutions from seven
1. Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi (USGM), Rome is the first Italian Open University recognised by Ministry of Education, University and Research (March '04). USGM has a great experience in promoting and developing breaking learning methodologies such as Virtual C@mpus Platform, Mobile, e-Book and Web TV/Marconi Channel which offers thematic channels, play lists and high quality streamed audio and videos. Core aim of University is the promotion of the research in Education mainly focused on individual potential tailoring the best pathway. It promotes pedagogical methodologies to strengthen students’ transversal skills through Faculty of Education, Bachelor and Master degrees in Educational and Training Sciences and encouraging in depth articles publication among its professors, researchers and lecturers. Likewise, vocational training is also delivered trough national financed projects to enhance self-entrepreneurship skills, students’ employability or Fair Business, Ethic Finance and new forms of social economy.
Epagelmatiko Lykeio Axioupolis is a secondary public school located in Axioupolis,
in the Central Macedonia region of Kilkis (
Confederación Española de Centros de Enseñanza (Spanish Confederation of Education and Training
4. Norwich City College of Further & Higher Education (CCN), Norwich, UK, is a progressive college of Further and Higher Education, offering provision in 14 of the 15 Skills Funding Agency’s areas of learning and attracting approximately 14,000 students onto programmes ranging from pre-entry to post graduate level. The College’s Schools include Creative & Business Industries; Technology, Environment & Sport; Health and Community Studies and Hotel, Hair & Beauty together with a Sixth Form Centre which houses A Level and GCSE students. CCN is proud of its reputation for innovation, responsiveness to the Student Voice and employer engagement and was one of the first FE colleges to secure the Training Quality Standard for excellence in employer responsiveness. New Media investigates and implements new ways of using technology (software and hardware) to enhance personalised learning and the learner journey. They provide theoretical, strategic and practical guidance and resources for eLearning development and support. The service provides teaching staff with the tools and the skills-set to become more creative and connected professionals both inside and outside the classroom through Staff development publications and activities.
5. Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa – FENICE – Naples, Italy – a non-profit teacher association which supports any initiative favouring the integration of the intellectual resources of schools in the cultural growth of society, promotes and plans initiatives, training projects, refresher courses, the cultural improvement of teachers as well as research and experimentation in the teaching field, and takes part in the research and development of technologies aiming at making learning easier, education and vocational training more accessible thanks to the modern means of communication. During 30 years of activity, it designed and carried out more than 30 seminars and public conferences, 135 in-service courses and training courses for teachers both initial and in-service, most of which had been authorised by our local educational Authorities. Furthermore it publish a newspaper called «Scuol@Europa» sent to all the secondary schools of Italy and a newsletter sent out in three languages (IT, EN, FR) all over Europe to institutions and policy makers with information on its activities in transnational partnerships in European Projects (20 until now) with the aim to promote the products and the methods developed by transnational partnerships to a wider audience, and to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences.
6. Faculdade de Filosofia da Universidade Católica
Portuguesa, (Faculty of Philosophy of the
8. Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education (ISTANBUL IL MILLI EGITIM MUDURLUGU - ILMEM)
Istanbul, TR, is responsible of all educational activities, administration
issues covering all forms of education; formal education (pre-school,
primary, lower secondary, upper secondary, technical/vocational schools),
non-formal (adult education, apprenticeship training, in-service training in
Istanbul), under the Ministry of Education. It monitors and directs 39
education authorities within the 39 district of