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ImREAL

Project ID: 257831
Funded under

Immersive Reflective Experience-based Adaptive Learning

From 2010-10-01 to 2013-09-30, closed project | ImREAL Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 189 183

EU contribution:

EUR 3 219 996

Coordinated in:

United Kingdom

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-5See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Immersive simulated environments for experiential learning are growing in popularity and will play a key role in tomorrow’s technologies for adult training. The major challenge is to effectively align the learning experience in the virtual environment with the ‘real-world’ context and ‘day-to-day’ job practice.

ImREAL provides a new class of cost effective adaptive systems adjusted to adult learners' needs:

    <li style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify">pioneering a new psychologically and instructionally sound technological approach to seamlessly link the simulated learning experience and ‘real-world’ job-related experiences ;
  • developing a novel conceptual framework - augmented simulated experiential learning - where innovative adaptive services extend virtual environments by making a connection with the ‘real-world’; and,
  • delivering a new open framework of intelligent services which can be plugged into virtual environments to enhance self-regulated learning.

The ImREAL framework exploits and significantly extends advances in distributed architectures, context modelling, dialogic systems, semantic web, and ontological reasoning, and follows pedagogical models of adult self-regulated learning to deliver:

  • an evolving model of ‘real-world’ job activities, linked to storytelling and semantic content augmentation;
  • an extended model of the learner and context, aligning experiences in the simulated environment and the ‘real-world’; and,
  • affective meta-cognitive scaffolding to motivate and engage learners and promote self-reflection, self-evaluation and self-awareness.

In order to validate the conceptual framework, and examine the instructional value of the new technological solutions, ImREAL will implement an adaptive services demonstrator which will be trialled in a representative domain with high societal and economical importance:

<h2 style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">Interpersonal Communication focusing on Multi-cultural Awareness.

User trials will examine how ImREAL improves the learners’ and trainers’ experiences. Specifically, learners can improve their interpersonal skills and abilities in order to set learning strategies and goals, while trainers can become aware of ‘real-world’ job practice and training needs.

Objective

The popularity of immersive simulated environments for experiential learning is growing; they will be part of tomorrow's learning technologies in the key area of adult training. The major challenge is to effectively align the learning experience in the simulated environment with the real world context and day-to-day job practice. ImREAL provides a new class of cost effective adaptive systems adjusted to adult learners' needs: pioneering a new psycho-pedagogically sound technological approach to seamlessly link the simulated learning experience and real-world job-related experiences; developing a novel conceptual framework -augmented simulated experiential learning- enabling adaptive services to augment simulated learning by leveraging the connection with the real world; delivering a new open framework of intelligent services which can be plugged in to simulated environments to enhance self-regulated learning.
The ImREAL framework exploits and significantly extends advances in distributed architectures, context modelling, dialogic systems, semantic web, and ontological reasoning, and follows pedagogical models of adult self-regulated learning to deliver: evolving model of real world job activities, linked to storytelling and semantic content augmentation; extended model of the learner and context, aligning experiences in the simulated environment and the real-world; affective meta-cognitive scaffolding to motivate and engage learners and promote self reflection, self evaluation and self awareness.
Framework validation will be in the high-impact domain of interpersonal communication with multi-cultural awareness, linked to key skills increasingly required in organisations & businesses. User trials will examine how ImREAL augments learners' and trainers' experiences by improving the learners' interpersonal skills and abilities to set learning strategies and goals, and by enhancing trainers' awareness of real job practice & training needs.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 839 002


WOODHOUSE LANE
LS2 9JT LEEDS
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Karen Steenson
Tel.: +44 113 3432057
Fax: +44 113 3437265

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Participants

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 323 330


RECHBAUERSTRASSE 12
8010 GRAZ
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Erwin Duschnig
Tel.: +43 316 873 9256
Fax: +43 316 873 109256

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FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 351 930


SCHLOSSPLATZ 4
91054 ERLANGEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Angela Koechel
Tel.: +49 9131 8521181
Fax: +49 9131 8524738

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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 449 718


College Green
2 DUBLIN
Ireland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Deirdre Savage
Tel.: +35318961942
Fax: +35317071633

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EmpowerTheUser Ltd
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 410 630


Castlemartin Avenue
Meath
Ireland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Declan Dagger
Tel.: +353 86 4076201
Fax: +353 1 6772204

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IMAGINARY SRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 382 562


VIA MAURO MACCHI 50
20124 MILANO
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Lucia Pannese
Tel.: +390289458576
Fax: +390289458695

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 462 824


STEVINWEG 1
2628 CN DELFT
Netherlands
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Marco Emons
Tel.: +31 15 2789242
Fax: +31 15 2781543

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