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Generic Responsive Adaptive Personalized Learning Environment

Project description

Digital libraries and technology-enhanced learning 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.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 455 388
Administrative Contact
Kees (K.M.) Van Hee (Prof.)

Participants (15)

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 261 600
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dietrich Albert (Prof.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 222 590
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martina Follet (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 175 512
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marcel, Emile, Georges LEBRUN (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 207 960
Address
Via Lambertenghi 10 A
6904 Lugano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michela Carli (Mrs.)
DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 398 304
Address
Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Olthoff (Dr.)
IMC INFORMATION MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 363 015
Address
Uni Campus Nord
66123 Saarbrucken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Volker Zimmermann (Dr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 313 800
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Uwe Thaden (Dr.)
ATOS SPAIN SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 173 050
Address
Calle De Albarracin 25
28037 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alicia García Medina (Ms.)
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
€ 191 400
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms)
LATTANZIO LEARNING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 038
Address
Via Domenico Cimarosa 4
20144 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Vaccaro
GIUNTI LABS SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Via Bolognese 165
50139 Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
ROBERTO VACCARO (DR)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 162 993
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Denis Van Doorn (Mr.)
OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 412 040
Address
Valkenburgerweg 177
6419 AT Heerlen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jos Van den Broek (Mr)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 148 200
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dawn Barker (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 145 110
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kate Hughes (Mrs)