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Language Technology for Lifelong Learning

Project description


Digital libraries and technology-enhanced learning
LTfLL created next-generation educational services for learners and tutors, making extensive use of Language Technologies

The project created next-generation support and advice services to enhance individual and collaborative construction of knowledge in educational and organisational settings. The project made extensive use of language technologies and cognitive models in the services. 

The technical infrastructure allows deployment of these services in Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) as well as in institutional Learning Management Systems (LMSs). The validity of the research assumptions and their practical implementation has been tested and evaluated in realistic settings.

The research in the project was organised in three themes, each leading to particular types of services and prototypical tools:

  • In theme 1 (modelling and relating the learner and the domain), services are developed to establish the position of a learner in a curriculum of a particular domain. Services offer semi-automatic analysis and comparison of learner texts to the domain knowledge and advise on their coverage of conceptual knowledge.
  • In theme 2 (contemporary pedagogic models, tutoring and tutor support), support and feedback services are developed based on the analysis of text-based interactions of students (e.g. chats or forums), or on textual artefacts created by students (e.g. summary writing). The services use Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Social Network Analysis (SNA).
  • In theme 3 (collaborative and social dimensions in learning and knowledge structuring), a semantic framework and infrastructure for knowledge sharing is developed that allows comparison and sharing of personal knowledge resources to give rise to new common knowledge structuring and social learning. Ontologies for formal domain representation are combined with social tagging.

RESULTS ACHIEVED 
The following services – prototypes  have been developed, each of them functioning separately but also with a possibility of combining them:

- LEAPOS: learner positioning service
- CONSPECT: monitoring conceptual development
- POLYCAFE: chat and forum analysis and feedback
- PENSUM: analysis of written texts
- Common Semantic Framework: formal learning support system - formulation of a curriculum
- Annotation Tool:  semi-automatic annotation tool for teachers/tutors

The screen-casts, demos, guides and downloads of these services can be found on the project's website.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-1
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Coordinator Contact

Wolfgang GRELLER (Mr)

Coordinator

OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND
Address
Valkenburgerweg 177
6419 AT Heerlen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 538 560
Administrative Contact
Jos Van den Broek (Mr)

Participants (11)

WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 221 760
Address
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gustaf Neumann (Dr.)
BIT MEDIA E-LEARNING SOLUTION GMBH AND CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 189 397
Address
Lemboeckstrasse 49 B
1230 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Milla (-)
INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 173 088
Address
Ul. Acad G Bonchev Bl 2
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kiril Boyanov
INSTITUTE FOR PARALLEL PROCESSING OF THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Participation ended

Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
G Bonchev Street 25 A
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kiril Boyanov (Acad.)
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 265 188
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Rothfuss (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE PIERRE MENDES FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 200 675
Address
Rue Des Universites 151
38040 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Dessus (Mr.)
AURUS KENNIS- EN TRAININGSSYSTEMEN B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 166 320
Address
Witmakersstraat 10
6211JB Maastricht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Hensgens (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 324 504
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wiljan van den Akker (Prof)
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 274 560
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313 Sect 6
060042 Bucharest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
ECATERINA ANDRONESCU (PROF)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 186 310
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Whild (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 309 242
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Chantrey (Miss)