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Learning and Cultural Heritage

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The unit 'Cultural heritage and technology enhanced learning' manages EU funding of research into the use of advanced technologies for learning (TeLearn) and for accessing and preserving Europe's cultural, and scientific resources (DigiCult).

Unit Mission statement

We support research aimed at:

  • improving our knowledge of how people learn when using information technologies as part of the learning process;
  • improving the meaning and experiences people get from cultural and scientific resources when these resources exist in electronic form; and
  • safeguarding digital resources so that they are available in the future.

The work on learning draws on different research disciplines (computing, technological, pedagogical, cognitive and psychological sciences) in order to investigate how technology-enhanced learning can better facilitate the learning process, in different learning situations, for individuals or groups of learners. The longer-term vision is to encourage the transition towards intelligent learning systems that autonomously adapt to the learner.

The work on cultural heritage exploits emerging knowledge and visualisation technologies to create new forms of cultural experience, and to develop new forms of cultural expression and narratives for different communities, supporting the rich cultural diversity in Europe. The research is closely aligned with the work of cultural and memory organisations (such as archives, libraries and museums).

Work also investigates how digital resources created today will survive as the cultural and scientific heritage of the future, through research into the preservation of digital content and into keeping collective digital memories.