Hellenic Open University (HOU) is the only Greek State University that offers formal and non-formal lifelong education, in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to more than 40.000 students who are dispersed all over the country. Its training methodology combines distance learning with principles of adult education, relies heavily on digital material and virtual meetings and used online training platforms and tools. About 80% of its students are working professionals who seek further education in order to improve or change their career, thus HOU has established a permanent connection with the market, professional networks and professional development agencies. HOU is member of EADTU, EUA, Eurashe and the Greek Digital Skills and Jobs coalition. It applies the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 27001:2013 and ELOT 1429:2008 quality standards.
HOU participate in DevOps through the DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Sociotechnical Systems) research group of the School of Science and Technology. DAISSy Research Group realizes society-centered educational and technological research, designs training curricula, courses and learning pathways, creates digital content, provides the means for assessment and certification of qualifications and develops online learning platforms, MOOCs and 3D environments. Moreover, DAISSy supports the upskilling / reskilling of professionals and particularly the development of digital competences by citizens, supports online communities of practice, contributes strongly to the adoption of STE(A)M education, promotes digital cultural heritage and supports the cultural sector, participates in the creation of smart cities and the development of industry 4.0 and uses technology to promote inclusion and multiculturalism. Finally, DAISSy pioneers the adoption of established frameworks and standards (e-CF, DigComp, ECTS, ECVET, EQAVET etc.) and contributes to their improvement.
Since its establishment, DAISSy has participated in more than 60 national and European projects, in various frameworks (i.e. FP5, FP6, FP7, Lifelong Learning, Erasmus+, etc.), amassing a total funding of more than 3,5 MEuro. Today DAISSy employs or collaborates with more than 35 persons (including University professors, PhD and MSc holders, researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence, natural and social sciences, experienced ICT engineers, programmers and administrative personnel.