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Kaleidoscope, a FP6 network of excellence in the technology enhanced learning (TEL) research area, was created in 2004 following a four years contract with the European commission. The aim of the ...

Kaleidoscope, a FP6 network of excellence in the technology enhanced learning (TEL) research area, was created in 2004 following a four years contract with the European commission. The aim of the network was to foster integration of different research disciplines relevant to TEL, bridging educational, cognitive and social sciences, and emerging technologies. This ambition was both scientific and strategic:
- It was scientific by its aim “to develop a rich, culturally-diverse and coherent theoretical and practical research foundation for research and innovation in the field”, exploring “the different conceptual frameworks of relevant disciplines in order to delineate the commonalities and differences that frame the research objectives in the field”
- it was strategic by its aim “to develop new tools and methodologies that operationalise an interdisciplinary approach to research on TEL at a European-wide level” with the expectation of a significant impact at the international level.
To bring this ambition to reality, in a very fragmented European TEL research area, it chosen to involve a large number of contributors of which only a small number were already collaborating, and a large range of different research themes. A set of instruments was planned to support the construction of the network and the integration process at both the content and the infrastructure level.

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  • 1. Nicolas.Balacheff@imag.fr— Laboratoire Leibniz —IMAG - CNRS, Université Joseph Fourier, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble — MeTAH research group Concepts and methods for exploring the future of learning with digital technologies 2004/03/09 1/16
  • 2. At the core of our scientific struggle: multidisciplinary and “complex” Research on TEL is intrinsically multidisciplinary: - The value of a TEL environments lies in the quality of the learning it allows - Learning, as a process, depends on the characteristics of the environments in which it develops Research on TEL is intrinsically “complex”: - Design and specification - Software development to - Implementation and Use - Scaling and deployment 2004/03/09 2/16
  • 3. The mark of our domain: Human learning action feedback constraints meaning and understanding as emergent properties of person-machine interactions The key control of the learning process under the shared responsibility of the machine, the learner and the institution (school, enterprise, training institute, etc.) 2004/03/09 3/16
  • 4. Our reasons for developing an academic network focussing on foundational issues Bridges between educational, social and cognitive sciences and technologies have a pragmatic existence (they work “together”) but a weak foundation (despite success stories) what results in: - fragility of interdisciplinary research on TEL -> misunderstanding and disappointment, wrong expectations - difficulty to learn from the projects -> weak research economy - lack of clear grounds for the evaluation of TEL -> room for ideology and weak governance - contingent transfer to R&D -> too many commercial failures, dissatisfied end users 2004/03/09 4/16
  • 5. Our reasons for developing an academic network at a European level To gather a critical mass of research to build a framework and produce prototypes that make operational an interdisciplinary approach The need for a shared understanding of the differences and commonalities across disciplines, across cultures and research practices “Learning”, “Knowledge, “Teaching” have different meaning across the different TEL culture and different national organization The need to shape the cooperation between the academic world, industry and users at a programme level. 2004/03/09 5/16
  • 6. Our key challenges for the development of an European Research Area on TEL To establish processes which enable academic research to share a common reference To understand, formulate and address the intrinsic complexity of research on TEL at both a computational and an epistemological level To build with producers, providers and users a vision of the research needed ten years ahead To ensure the best understanding of basic research on TEL for a more efficient transfer to industry and a better users appropriation To strengthen the image of what research in TEL is in the academic world at large and for decision making bodies at a political level 2004/03/09 6/16
  • 7. The strategy To implement tools to the service of TEL research The Virtual Doctoral School: an instrument for integration To have researchers and PhD students interact and exchange so that they can develop a coherent understanding of concepts and methods To help the community to face its diversity and to break the related deadlocks To develop communication across discipline, by the co-construction of a shared language To provide instruments to stimulate the exploitation of research results and technological outcomes The Shared Virtual Laboratory: a research accelerator Effective research programme of transferability and of reusability emerging from concept and model building Capitalisation of projects’ technological outcomes (e.g. prototypes) Structured description and shared documentation of the outcomes Availability of research tools: a service to the community 2004/03/09 7/16
  • 8. The strategy To implement efficient and relevant interfaces The Academy-Industry Digital Alliance to build the interface with industry, TEL producers and providers, through To ensure the social and economical relevance of TEL research The Kaleidoscope Users’ Group to build the interface with individual and institutional TEL users at school, in the universities, at work, at home, through The Advanced Training activities to directly address the non-research audience, such as: teachers, e-Learning and TEL experts, HRD experts, policy makers… 2004/03/09 8/16
  • 9. The strategy Integrating research structures Special interest group (SIG) - To gather expertise on new or strategic issues to be addressed. - Based on individual commitment. - Workshops, conferences etc. European project teams (ERT) - To structures the field at the level of the research units - To stimulate the mutualisation of knowledge and know-how - To favour the construction of a shared scientific policy - To enrol different disciplinary expertise and approaches Jointly executed research projects (JEIRP) - To focus on the key issues of the field, to fill in gaps. - To prepare the best conditions to carry out actual research projects 2004/03/09 9/16
  • 10. Structure of the joint programme of actities (JPA) Integrating instruments Integrating structures ERT Virtual doctoral school ERT Shared virtual laboratory ERT ERT SIG Advanced training activities SIG JEIRP JEIRP JEIRP SIG SIG SIG JEIRP JEIRP Research actions 2004/03/09 10/16
  • 11. How do we know that integration is successful? Structure of the joint programme of actities (JPA) Integrating instruments Integrating structures ERT Virtual doctoral school ERT Shared virtual laboratory ERT ERT SIG Advanced training activities SIG JEIRP JEIRP JEIRP SIG SIG SIG JEIRP JEIRP Research actions 10/18 The strength of the contribution to and from the backbone Shared production and use of resources Participation in SVL and ATA activities Use of SVL support for research projects Formal recognition of the VDS by national bodies Number of realised co-authored publications Number of co-supervised PhD project Number of mixed PhD examination boards s Exchange of postdocs, sabbaticals etc externally funded shared projects …/… 2004/03/09 11/16
  • 12. Topics currently addressed Artificial intelligence and education Computer supported collaborative learning Computer supported inquiry learning in science Context and learning Learning Grid Learning and technology at work Narrative and learning environment Participatory design Philosophy of e-Learning SIGs Production of educational format Technology enhanced learning in mathematics ERTs JEIRPs Interaction between learners’s internal and external representation in multimedia environments Personalised and collaborative trails of digital and non-digital learning objects Mobile Support for integrated learning Conditions of productive learning in network learning environments Semantic web and learning Interaction & collaboration analysis supporting teachers and students self regulation Building visual blocks for tangible mathematics spin off 2004/03/09 12/16
  • 13. “…turning Kaleidoscope NoE into a dynamic Europeanwide virtual research organization with its own structures and management bodies” e up e ro anc itte ’ G alli om s er al c c Us igit tifi D ien Sc Coordinateur Scientific manager Executif committee Core Group Contractors General Assembly Steering bodies to be renewed periodically Users’ groups Industry and SMEs Academic research units 2004/03/09 13/16
  • 14. “…turning Kaleidoscope NoE into a dynamic Europeanwide virtual research organization with its own structures and management bodies” e up e ro anc itte ’ G alli om s er al c c Us igit tifi D ien Sc Advisory bodies Coordinateur Scientific manager Executif committee Core Group Contractors General Assembly Digital alliance Users’ group Steering bodies to be Intenational committee renewed periodically Users’ groups Industry and SMEs Academic research units 2004/03/09 14/16
  • 15. “…turning Kaleidoscope NoE into a dynamic Europeanwide virtual research organization with its own structures and management bodies” e up e ro anc itte ’ G alli om s er al c c Us igit tifi D ien Sc Coordinateur Scientific manager Executif committee Core Group Contractors General Assembly The CGA devolves to the Core group the governance of the network The Executive committee implements decisions The Scientific manager orchestrates and stimulates Users’ groups Industry and SMEs Academic research units 2004/03/09 15/16
  • 16. “…turning Kaleidoscope NoE into a dynamic Europeanwide virtual research organization with its own structures and management bodies” e up e ro anc itte ’ G alli om s er al c c Us igit tifi D ien Sc Coordinateur Scientific manager Executif committee Core Group Contractors General Assembly The CGA devolves to the Core group the governance of the network The Executive committee implements decisions The Scientific manager orchestrates and stimulates Toward sustainability - step 1: the capacity to renew the governance bodies - step 2: to engage the structuration at a national level - step 3: to find the best organization format within ERA 2004/03/09 16/16