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Science Created by You (SCY)

Project description


Digital libraries and technology-enhanced learning
The SCY system for constructive and productive learning of science and technology will be based on a flexible and adaptive pedagogical approach to learning and on learning objects created by learners.

SCY's basic philosophy is that the learning of science is a process of creating knowledge by learners. The overall objective of the project is to construct and evaluate an environment that can foster such creation processes and provide learners with authentic scientific and technological missions that engage them in true investigative and constructive activities.

Two concepts are central in the SCY approach. One is the representation of learners' knowledge creation processes in the form of emerging learning objects (ELOs). During activities related to science and technology, learners create elements of knowledge, for instance collections of data, models of phenomena, conjectures, visualisations, and more. The evolving collection of these objects forms a representation of the learners' growing knowledge, both individually and collectively. SCY will develop an extensive ontology of these ELOs that can be used to model the learners' developing knowledge as well as the tasks and tools that enable further growth of this knowledge.

The second central concept in SCY is the development of advanced pedagogical scenarios. In SCY-Lab (the SCY learning system) students work individually and collaboratively on 'missions' which are guided by a general socio-scientific question (for example 'how can we produce healthier milk?') and require a combination of knowledge from different domains (e.g. physics and mathematics, or biology and engineering). On a SCY-mission, students perform several types of productive learning actions (experiment, game, share, explain, design, etc.). They encounter multiple resources, collaborate with varying coalitions of peers, and use changing constellations of tools and scaffolds (e.g. to design a plan, to state a hypothesis etc.).

The configuration of SCY-Lab is adaptive to the actual learning situation, advising students on appropriate learning actions, resources and tools, or peer learners that can support them. Scaffolding will assist learners in all aspects of the inquiry and design processes. Scaffolds will include tools for data collection in the lab and in the field (using mobile equipment), means to create intuitive mathematical models of phenomena, visualisations of data and processes of inquiry and collaboration, and templates for reports and designs.

The central unit in the SCY architecture is a broker that configures SCY-Lab to unfolding learning processes and activities. For this it uses information from pedagogical agents that exploit techniques of educational data mining to monitor information in the SCY repository that stores the ELOs as well as domain information, the log-files of student behaviour, and the recorded chats between students.

A part from SCY-Lab and its missions, the SCY project will provide tools for new kinds of assessment, based on portfolios, using learners' collections of ELOs as their main ingredient and playful peer assessment in which learners evaluate their experience with each other in collaborative networks. Further, SCY will deliver a set of authoring tools that will allow teachers to configure SCY-missions for their students and support educational designers in the construction of new SCY-missions.

SCY aims to be a centre of innovation of science education in Europe. Part of this ambition is the foundation of SCYCOM, an open-content community for science education in which stakeholders, publishers, teachers and learners can share and find scientific content material that can be part of existing and new missions based on the SCY approach.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 392 527
Administrative Contact
Renate Masselink-Veldscholten (Mrs)

Participants (16)

THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Canada
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Kings College Circle 27
M5S 1A1 Toronto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Audrey Cheung (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 340 128
Address
Avenue Panepistimiou 2109 Aglantzi
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Theodoti Hadjivassiliou (Ms)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 741 944
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandra Kramm (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 438 162
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Silke Oberle (Mrs.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 366 536
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Int (Dr)
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1
France
EU contribution
€ 404 558
Address
Avenue Centrale, Domaine Universitaire 621
38041 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leslie HOLLETT (Ms)
DE PRAKTIJK, NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS V.O.F.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 322 296
Address
Mauritskade 57
1092AD Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yuri Matteman (Mr.)
STICHTING TECHNASIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 242 192
Address
Zernikepark
9747 AN Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Judith M. Lechner (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 675 166
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sten Ludvigsen (Prof.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 775 520
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms)
ENOVATE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 300 044
Address
Nygardsgaten 5
5015 Bergen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Øyvind Meistad (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenue Felix Viallet 46
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PIERRE MENDES FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Des Universites 151
38040 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNI RESEARCH AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5008 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations