ROLE - Responsive Open Learning Environments

What is ROLE? Lifelong learning plays an ever-increasingly important role in our society. New work challenges entail employees to cope flexibly with rapidly changing business requirements. Similarly, employers need to consider hugely diversified backgrounds of their employees in addressing the issue of further education. Hence, new technologies, concepts and approaches are required for the continuous training of workforce. The EU-Project ROLE (Responsive Open Learning Environments) tackles these challenges through a simple, effective paradigm of relieving learners from the burden of a "one size fits all" learning environment. Specifically, ROLE develops an infrastructure that enables learners to construct their own learning environment according to their personal as well as contextual needs such as accreditation and corporate goals.

ROLE’s cross- disciplinary innovations will deliver and test prototypes of high responsive TEL environments, offering breakthrough levels of effectiveness, flexibility, user-control and mass-individualisation. The work of ROLE will advance the state-of-the-art in human resource management; self-regulated and social learning; psycho-pedagogical theories of adaptive education and educational psychology; service composition and orchestration; and the use of ICT in lifelong learning. ROLE offers adaptivity and personalization in terms of content and navigation and the entire learning environment and its functionalities. This approach permits individualization of the components, tools, and functionalities of a learning environment, and their adjustment or replacement by existing web-based software tools. Learning environment elements can be combined to generate (to mashup) new components and functionalities, which can be adapted by lone learners or collaborating learners to meet their own needs and to enhance the effectiveness of their learning. This empowers each user to generate new tools and functions according to their needs, and can help them to establish a livelier and personally more meaningful learning context and learning experience. ROLE’s generic framework uses an open source approach, interoperable across software systems and technology. Hence any tool created by an individual is available from a pool of services and tools to all learners via the internet, no matter which learning environment, operating system, or device they use, and which subject matter they learn. Respective activities have been defined to bring the results of ROLE to the targeted international markets in higher education and corporate training. Thus, significant benefits arise for the learners, their communities, employer, TEL developers and society. 16 internationally renown research groups and companies cover all required pedagogical and technical competencies. ROLE is a collaborative project budgeted with 8.5 million Euro and funded under the IST 7th Frameworkprogramme of the European Commission. Objectives


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