ARIADNE seeks to boost learner motivation and the effectiveness of learning in advanced education and training in both the business and academic worlds. The aim is to process the wealth of data confronting most learners into self-contained yet interrelated pools of knowledge, to give them a firmer focus and greater mastery of their chosen field. Tools will be developed to strengthen the content, conceptual structure and delivery of courses, including telematics applications geared to interpersonal activity in both traditional and distance learning.
How could the spreading telematics networks and computer ressources promote delocalized education and enhance its quality? Giving unlimited access to an immense document-store is not the answer, even through a worldwide-web of information highways, that can all too easily become a maze: A visitor to a large library is not expected to assimilate the contents of the few volumes that he browses through during his visit - much less so for all those other millions volumes on the shelves.
Being a difficult and often unrewarding task, learning needs to be strongly motivated and structured to have any efficiency. ARIADNE's curriculum editor aleviates the chore of providing such structure, which must be embodied in realistic socio-pedagogical scenarios and concrete curricula. These should appeal to and motivate specified sets of learners, whose work shall be organized around pedagogical knowledge pools.
Conversely, the elaboration of teaching material - books or courseware- is a time consuming process, not to speak of the redundancy stemming from the existence of numerous treatises on very similar topics. To expedite the author's task, ARIADNE will provide tools for active documents authoring and expositive material conceptual segmentation, as well as an appropriate indexation system to store and retrieve this material in the knowledgepools.
The proposed sharing and reuse mechanism will help fight redundancy.Even when followed from a distance, an effective curriculum should provide time, opportunity and possibility for person-to-person interactions, - also true for other knowledge workers such as researchers. ARIADNE intends to exploit existing Telematic solutions to incorporate this interactive component into pedagogically sound curricula and experiment whith recent high throughput links such as ATM. Most importantly, ARIADNE will seek experimental evidence
- in both academic and corporate contexts and
- in both classical and open learning situations,
that the proposed solutions are useful and acceptable to the end-users of most concern : learners and trainers, while still making economic and social sense.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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