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DynaLearn - Engaging and informed tools for learning conceptual system knowledge

Project description

Digital libraries and technology-enhanced learning Despite this importance, there is an alarming decline in the number of students choosing science subjects. Reasons for this include the perceived complexity, the idea that these subjects are uninteresting and tedious, and the lack of effective cognitive tools that enable learners to acquire the expertise in a way that fits its qualitative nature. The DynaLearn project seeks to address these problems by integrating well established, but currently independent technological developments, and utilize the added value that emerges. Specifically, diagrammatic representations will be used for learners to articulate, analyse and communicate ideas, and thereby construct their conceptual knowledge. Ontology mapping will be used to find and match co-learners working on similar ideas to provide individualised and mutually benefiting learning opportunities. Virtual characters will be used to make the interaction engaging and motivating. The development of the workbench will be tuned to fit key topics from environmental science curricula, and evaluated and further improved in the context of existing curricula using case studies. Through this approach, the DynaLearn project will deliver an individualised and engaging cognitive tool for acquiring conceptual knowledge that fits the true nature of this expertise. Conceptual knowledge of system's behaviour is crucial for society to understand and successfully interact with its environment. Acquiring this expertise is therefore a valuable aspect of science education.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-3
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 715 720
Administrative Contact
Bert Bredeweg (Dr.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 223 000
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susanne Muhar (Prof.)
CENTRAL LABORATORY OF GENERAL ECOLOGY - ZENTRALNA LABORATORIYA PO OBSCHTA EKOLOGIYA

Participation ended

Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 79 942
Address
Gagarin Street 2
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yordan Ivanov Uzunov (Prof.)
INSTITUT PO BIORAZNOOBRAZIE I EKOSISTEMNI IZSLEDVANIYA BALGARSKA AKADEMIYA NA NAUKITE
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ul. Gagarin 2
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yordan Ivanov Uzunov (Prof.)
FUNDACAO UNIVERSIDADE DE BRASILIA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 143 020
Address
Campus Universitario Darcy Ribeiro Faculdade De Tecnologie At 05 Bairro Asa Norte
70919 970 Brasilia Df
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joao Carlos Teatini (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET AUGSBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 413 980
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 2
86159 Augsburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth André (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 418 842
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
León Gonzalo (Prof.)
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 231 716
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lea Pais (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 223 780
Address
Cottingham Road
HU6 7RX Hull
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Parkinson (Mr.)