About Us


The 'Art + Design: elearning lab' is undertaking research in the broad areas of art and design education and elearning, art and design pedagogies, design education for the knowledge economy, art and design and competencies for the 21st century, information literacy and studio-based disciplines, informal learning in art and design, empirical research and design outcomes in studio-based disciplines, multidisciplinarity in art and design education, and constructivist learning and instructional design in art and design.



This call is for expressions of interest for the second International Conference on the use of iPads in Higher Education (ihe2016). The first ihe2014 was held in Paphos (Cyprus) in March 2014, and was attended by about one hundred participants. Following on from the success of ihe2014, we would like to invite expressions of interest for ihe2016. Please click link below to download further information.



  1. Nicos Souleles

    Dr. Nicos Souleles, lab coordinator


  3. Demetra Perdiou, doctoral student

  1. Nicos Souleles

    Dr. Andrew Laghos, associate researcher

  2. Efi Nisiforou, doctoral student


iPads in Art & Design

This is an on-going research project that investigates the use of iPads in Art and Design education. It is pursued in collaboration with Hilary Watters and Angela Annesley from Falmouth University (United Kingdom). During the first stage of this project undergraduate art and design students were given a free rein with the use of the tablets iand were encouraged to come up with their own ways of using them. During the second stage art and design faculty undertook a similar task and their perception on the instructional value oi iPads were mapped through a qualitative approach. The project continues...

Outcomes so far »


'ihe2014' - 1st international research conference about iPad use in Higher Education (HE). The conference was held on 20-22 March 2014 in Paphos. Scholars, learning technologists and practitioners from across the globe shared insights into teaching practice and student learning during an interdisciplinary and collaborative interchange of experiences. The conference sought to provide a common forum for the varied forms of research on the use of iPads HE, and to explore innovative models of learning using the iPad.

Conference proceedings »

Design thinking

Demetra Perdiou is investigating design thinking and process among undergraduate graphic design students. Anecdotal evidence suggests that often undergraduate graphic design students do not seem to rationalise the choices they make during the design process. Briefly, Dimitra is interested in unpacking the process and then through action research to implement an instructional intervention towards desired outcomes.


  1. Informal learning patterns among
    Graphic Design students

    When Graphic Design students make the transition from Higher Education to the environment of professional practice, they bring with them the knowledge and competencies they acquired predominantly from formal education. However, the changeable and varied working environments they encounter imply that a significant amount of Informal Learning (IL) takes place in situ and well outside the boundaries of formal education and often for the purpose of addressing mostly small-scale design projects. The objective of this investigation - through a Grounded Theory approach - is to develop an understanding of how undergraduate Graphic Design students engage with IL.

    Posted May 2014
  2. Social science research methods and postgraduate Graphic Design students

    There are a number of challenges associated with the teaching of research methods to university students, and despite the existence of related literature, the issue remains under-researched in Art and Design education. This investigation adopts a phenomenological approach to examine how a group of postgraduate Graphic Design students considered the experience of learning social science research methods within the parameters of a student-centred approach to teaching and learning.

    Posted May 2014
  3. Challenges associated with the teaching of Art and Design in higher education in Cyprus

    The challenges are broadly divided into: a) societal, which refers to the prevalent perceptions and values of Cypriot society in general vis-à-vis Art and Design education, b) structural, which relates to the (in)ability of educational institutions to structure and deliver educationally sound Art and Design Higher Education (HE) programmes of study, and c) the nature of the prospective learners i.e. their attitude towards learning in general. The challenges are enormous and without the sustained and parallel effort of different agents, Art and Design education in Cyprus will remain under-developed.

    Conference paper »

    Posted September 2014



Department of Multimedia
and Graphic Arts

Cyprus University of Technology

94 Anexartisias street, Iakovides building, 2nd floor, 3040, Limassol, Cyprus
Tel: +357 2500 2101
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Updated November 2014