EDICULA “Educational Digital Innovative CUltural heritage related Learning Alliance” is a Strategic Partnership for Higher Education in Erasmus+. Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organizational, local, regional, national or European levels. Institutions of Higher Education work with others (other sector fields, enterprises, social partners etc.) to help to improve higher education across Europe and to deliver high quality education which is relevant to national and European labor market needs.
A major challenge for Europe and the world is to promote cultural heritage protection as a lever for the enhancement of the society’s identity and the integration of ‘culture as an enabler for sustainable development’.
New knowledge must break the boundaries of science and engineering and be integrated in education. In the field of CH protection, this will be achieved through the development of new learning mechanisms and educational material, taking into consideration the experience from existing interdisciplinary postgraduate study programs and actively promoting in situ education. The added value of this approach is the education of the youth towards this new vision.
EDICULA is an innovative approach that fuses the interdisciplinary collaboration among the sectors of applied sciences in the protection of monuments with humanities disciplines using XR technologies, to develop an educational framework to advance scientific transdisciplinary synthesis. The innovation of the EDICULA project is that it emphasizes that this transdisciplinary collaboration can be instrumentalized through education, with the various universal educational tools and the experience from the emblematic Holy Sepulchre rehabilitation acting as common base.
The EDICULA project will address the following requirements of the innovation, education, modernization and internationalization:
· Social and educational value of European cultural heritage, its contribution to job creation, economic growth and social cohesion. The project will raise awareness of the importance of Europe’s cultural heritage through education, including actions to support skills development, social inclusion, critical thinking and youth engagement. It also includes new participatory and intercultural approaches to the protection of monuments, as well as educational initiatives aimed at fostering intercultural dialogue.
· Innovative practices in a digital era, with focus on actions that promote advanced methods and tools for teaching, training and learning on different levels of education, including postgraduates and experts and a broader audience enhancing social participation, economic growth and social cohesion.
The EDICULA project taking as a starting point the emblematic rehabilitation of Holy Sepulchre aims:
a) to promote cooperation between Universities in the projects of rehabilitation and protection of CH monuments
b) to fuse the interdisciplinary and innovative research in the rehabilitation of the Holy Aedicule, its context and setting, to trans-cut with the history of architecture in Jerusalem
c) to create immersive and interactive educational material and dissemination by using AR technology,
d) to reform the curricula of the three postgraduate programs of the EDICULA partners, in order to promote transfer knowledge and create new courses that in a complimentary approach will lead to the promotion of a Joint Master Degree in the field of protection of monuments,
e) to develop the EDICULA Teachers’ Course, in order to train higher education teachers to promote the transdisciplinary scientific synthesis as a key element for innovative education,
f) to proceed with the organization of multiplier events and special conference sessions.