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Generic Responsive Adaptive Personalized Learning Environment

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215434

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 303 577

  • EU contribution

    € 3 850 000

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

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.

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

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 222 590

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 175 512

UNIVERSITA DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 207 960

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 398 304

IMC INFORMATION MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 363 015

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 313 800

ATOS SPAIN SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 173 050

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

LATTANZIO LEARNING SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 219 038

GIUNTI LABS SRL

Italy

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 162 993

OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 412 040

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 148 200

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 145 110

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215434

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 303 577

  • EU contribution

    € 3 850 000

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands