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GRAPPLE

Project reference: 215434
Funded under

Generic Responsive Adaptive Personalized Learning Environment

From 2008-02-01 to 2011-01-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 303 577

EU contribution:

EUR 3 850 000

Coordinated in:

Netherlands

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

GRAPPLE has delivered a truly generic and extensible technical infrastructure to support life-long adaptive learning

Project Goal

To deliver to learners a technology-enhanced learning environment that guides them through a life-long learning experience, automatically adapting to personal preferences, prior knowledge, skills and competences, learning goals and the personal or social context in which the learning takes place.

To achieve this goal GRAPPLE has developed the following:

  • A common abstract description of desired adaptive behaviour, using conceptual adaptation models, and a 'translation' to lower level adaptation rules that can be used by actual adaptation engines.
  • Authoring tools to define conceptual adaptation models, capturing relationships between concepts that are of a navigational and/or pedagogical nature, e. g. prerequisite relationships. In order to 'package' a learning application consisting of domain-dependent information and conceptual adaptation models, extensions to standards will be proposed that can represent all required information to port learning applications between different adaptive learning environments. 
  • A general purpose adaptation engine that can adapt any (xml) information, either as part of a pipeline from source to user-interface, or as a stand-alone adaptive learning environment that performs adaptation and complete user-interface presentation. 
  • User modelling services that keep track of each user's learning process in order to provide input to the adaptation engine to base the adaptation on. 
  • A distributed user modelling architecture will be designed and developed to link different adaptive learning environments and user modelling services together, and to perform retrieval and reasoning over user modelling information coming from different services.

Final Results

The main result of the project is a generic learning environment, integrated with five different Learning Management Systems (LMS) in order to enable adaptive life-long learning for learners in higher education and industry.

The GRAPPLE architecture consists of:

  • LMS, for managing the learning process, progress and support,
  • GALE, an Adaptive Learning Environment, for the adaptive delivery of learning material; support of learning itself,
  • GUMF, a generic User Model Framework, for collecting and maintaining the information about each learner from all possible sources in order to help the personalisation offered by GALE,
  • GEB, a generic Event Bus, that facilitates asynchronous information exchange between all GRAPPLE components,
  • GAT, a graphical authoring tool, for defining the adaptation by course authors, a single sign-on facility that ensures that all GRAPPLE components recognize the learner through a single identity.

The generic nature of the infrastructure has been exemplified by developing a number of extensions: visualisation tools that help learners and teachers to get overviews of their learning progress (or that of their students), adaptation to courses that employ Virtual Reality, and adaptation in learning through simulations.

The adaptive functionalities are integrated in different existing LMSs, either open source (Moodle, Claroline, Sakai) or proprietary systems aimed at corporate learning applications (realised by GRAPPLE's industry partners). This ensures that GRAPPLE can easily be integrated with LMSs that have not been used by the project.

An evaluation framework was set up and used extensively to validate the usability and effectiveness of adding adaptive behaviour to learning applications, in higher education and in corporate settings.

Objective

The GRAPPLE project aims at delivering to learners a technology-enhanced learning (TEL) environment that guides them through a life-long learning experience, automatically adapting to personal preferences, prior knowledge, skills and competences, learning goals and the personal or social context in which the learning takes place. The same TEL environment can be used/accessed at home, school, work or on the move (using mobile/handheld devices). GRAPPLE will include authoring tools that enable educators to provide adaptive learning material to the learners, including adaptive interactive components (visualizations, simulations, virtual reality). Authoring includes creating or importing content, assigning or extracting meaning from that content, designing learning activities and defining pedagogical properties of and adaptation strategies for the content and activities. To ensure the wide adoption of adaptation in TEL GRAPPLE will work with Open Source and commercial learning management system (LMS) developers to incorporate the generic GRAPPLE functionality in LMSs. Evaluation experiments in higher education and in industry will be performed to verify the usability of the GRAPPLE environment (for authoring and delivery) and to verify the benefits of using adaptive TEL for the learning outcome. Apart from stimulating the use of adaptive TEL by making it available to every organization using a (popular) LMS the GRAPPLE consortium will also organize training/evaluation events to help higher education institutes and companies with the adaptive learning design needed to create adaptive learning material, and to receive usability feedback which the project will use to improve the user interfaces. A distributed user modeling service architecture will help end-users to stay in control of their user profile while at the same time allowing them to use the profile to get personalized access to learning applications offered through different LMSs by different organizations.

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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 455 388


Den Dolech 2
5612 AZ Eindhoven
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Kees (K.M.) Van Hee
Tel.: +31402472750
Fax: +31402436685
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 261 600


UNIVERSITAETSPLATZ
8010 GRAZ
Austria
Administrative contact: Dietrich Albert
Tel.: +433163805118
Fax: +433163809806
E-mail
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 222 590


PLEINLAAN
1050 BRUSSEL
Belgium
Administrative contact: Martina Follet
Tel.: +32-2-6292210
Fax: 32-2-6293640
E-mail
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 175 512


Place De L'Universite
1348 LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE
Belgium
Administrative contact: Marcel, Emile, Georges LEBRUN
Tel.: +32-10-478927
Fax: +32-10-478939
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 207 960


VIA LAMBERTENGHI
6904 LUGANO
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Michela Carli
Tel.: +41-58-6664266
Fax: +41-58-6664647
E-mail
DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 398 304


Trippstadter Strasse
67663 KAISERSLAUTERN
Germany
Administrative contact: Walter Olthoff
Tel.: +4963120575500
Fax: +4963120575502
E-mail
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 313 800


Welfengarten
30167 HANNOVER
Germany
Administrative contact: Uwe Thaden
Tel.: +49-51176217713
Fax: +49-51176217779
E-mail
IMC INFORMATION MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 363 015


ALTENKESSELER STRASSE 17 D3
66115 SAARBRUCKEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Volker Zimmermann
Tel.: +49-681-9476300
Fax: +49-681-9476530
E-mail
ATOS ORIGIN SOCIEDAD ANONIMA ESPANOLA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 173 050


Calle Albarracin
28037 Madrid
Spain
Administrative contact: Alicia García Medina
Tel.: 0034 914408800
Fax: 0034 917543252
E-mail
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 191 400


College Green
2 DUBLIN
Ireland
Administrative contact: Deirdre Savage
Tel.: +353 1 896 1942
Fax: +353 1 707 1633
E-mail
EXACT LEARNING SOLUTIONS SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 219 038


VIALE GRAMSCI
50121 FIRENZE
Italy
Administrative contact: Roberto Vaccaro
Tel.: +00 000
E-mail
GIUNTI LABS SRL
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 0


VIA BOLOGNESE
50139 FIRENZE
Italy
Administrative contact: ROBERTO VACCARO
Tel.: +39-0185-42123
Fax: +39-0185-43347
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 162 993


Stevinweg
2628 CN DELFT
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Denis Van Doorn
Tel.: +31-15-2789344
Fax: +31-15-2781543
E-mail
OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 412 040


VALKENBURGERWEG
6419 AT HEERLEN
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Jos Van den Broek
Tel.: + 31 45 5762501
Fax: +31 45 5762800
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 145 110


Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW COVENTRY
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Kate Hughes
Tel.: +44-2476-523716
Fax: +44-2476-524991
E-mail
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 148 200


The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
CB2 1TN CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Dawn Barker
Tel.: +44 1223 333543
Fax: +44 1223 332988
E-mail
Record Number: 85413 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01