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Language technology for eLearning

Language technology for eLearning

Objective

Given the huge amount of static and dynamic content created for eLearning tasks, the major challenge for extending their use is to improve the effectiveness of retrieval and accessibility by making use of Learning Management Systems (LMS).

The LT4eL project will tackle this problem by providing Language Technology based functionalities to support semi-automatic metadata generation, for the description of the learning objects, on the basis of a linguistic analysis of the content. Semantic knowledge will be integrated to enhance the management, distribution and retrieval of the learning material. Ontologies, key elements in the architecture of the Semantic Web initiative, will be used to structure the learning material within LMSs, by means of the descriptive metadata.

These functionalities will be integrated in an open source LMS and will be extended to cover the nine languages represented by our consortium. Special attention will be given to support the languages of the New Member States and Associated Candidate Countries. The approach will thus support the linguistic diversity of the enlarged Europe, contributing to the dissemination of eLearning content for these languages by creating opportunities for multilingual virtual learning communities and by providing technologies for their support. The validation methodology suitable for investigating the impact of these new functionalities on the learning experience in a multilingual context will be provided.

The integration of these functionalities will facilitate the construction of user specific courses, will allow direct access of knowledge, will improve the creation of personalized content and will support decentralization and co-operation of content management.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

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Heidelberglaan 8
3584 Cs Utrecht

Netherlands

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Participants (11)

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EBERHARD-KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH

Switzerland

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Portugal

INSTITUTE FOR PARALLEL PROCESSING OF THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

INSTYTUT PODSTAW INFORMATYKI POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK (IPI PAN)

Poland

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITA TA MALTA

Malta

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

UNIVERSITATEA ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA

Romania

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA V PRAZE

Czechia

ZUERCHER HOCHSCHULE WINTERTHUR

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 027391

  • Start date

    1 December 2005

  • End date

    31 May 2008

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 508 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 508 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands