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Immersive Reflective Experience-based Adaptive Learning

Immersive Reflective Experience-based Adaptive Learning

Objective

Immersive simulated environments for experiential learning are growing in popularity and will play a key role in tomorrow’s technologies for adult training. The major challenge is to effectively align the learning experience in the virtual environment with the ‘real-world’ context and ‘day-to-day’ job practice.

ImREAL provides a new class of cost effective adaptive systems adjusted to adult learners' needs:

  • pioneering a new psychologically and instructionally sound technological approach to seamlessly link the simulated learning experience and ‘real-world’ job-related experiences ;
  • developing a novel conceptual framework - augmented simulated experiential learning - where innovative adaptive services extend virtual environments by making a connection with the ‘real-world’; and,
  • delivering a new open framework of intelligent services which can be plugged into virtual environments to enhance self-regulated learning.

The ImREAL framework exploits and significantly extends advances in distributed architectures, context modelling, dialogic systems, semantic web, and ontological reasoning, and follows pedagogical models of adult self-regulated learning to deliver:

  • an evolving model of ‘real-world’ job activities, linked to storytelling and semantic content augmentation;
  • an extended model of the learner and context, aligning experiences in the simulated environment and the ‘real-world’; and,
  • affective meta-cognitive scaffolding to motivate and engage learners and promote self-reflection, self-evaluation and self-awareness.

In order to validate the conceptual framework, and examine the instructional value of the new technological solutions, ImREAL will implement an adaptive services demonstrator which will be trialled in a representative domain with high societal and economical importance:

Interpersonal Communication focusing on Multi-cultural Awareness.

User trials will examine how ImREAL improves the learners’ and trainers’ experiences. Specifically, learners can improve their interpersonal skills and abilities in order to set learning strategies and goals, while trainers can become aware of ‘real-world’ job practice and training needs.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Address

Woodhouse Lane
Ls2 9jt Leeds

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 839 002

Administrative Contact

Karen Steenson (Dr.)

Participants (6)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 323 330

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 351 930

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

€ 449 718

EmpowerTheUser Ltd

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 410 630

IMAGINARY SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 382 562

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 462 824

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 257831

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2010

  • End date

    30 September 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 189 183

  • EU contribution

    € 3 219 996

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom