EU ICT FP7 Integrating Project ROLE successfully reviewed in Luxembourg
On March 27, 2012, the EU ICT FP7 Integrating Project ROLE (Responsive Open Learning Environments) has been successfully reviewed the 3rd time in Luxembourg. ROLE has reached it final fourth year and will end in January 2013.
ROLE's cross-disciplinary innovations deliver and test prototypes of highly responsive TEL environments, offering breakthrough levels of effectiveness, flexibility, user-control and mass-individualisation. Our work also advances 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. Significant benefits arise for learners, their communities, employers, TEL developers and society.
ROLE offers adaptivity and personalization in terms of (1) content and navigation and (2) 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.
The consortium consists of world-renowned experts covering all required pedagogical and technical competencies. Respective activities have been defined to bring the results of ROLE to the targeted international markets in higher education and corporate training.
Resources for ROLE:
ROLE Widget Store: All submissions have to be uploaded to and made publicly available via the ROLE Widget Store. You need to have an account in order to add a widget to the store. To register, please follow this link.
ROLE Showcase Platform: If you want to get informed about the available ROLE software (widget bundles and ROLE tools), try and use it, please visit the ROLE Showcase Platform:http://role-showcase.eu/. Here you will also find sample descriptions, screenshots, and use cases.
Sample Widget Specification: This is an example of Widget Specification provided in the ROLE Widget Store: http://www.role-widgetstore.eu/specification/vocabulary-trainer-widget-example
ROLE Website: Besides announcements made regarding this competition, the ROLE Website (http://www.role-project.eu/) contains valuable information on the ROLE Project.
ROLE E-Learning Course: This course introduces the main concepts and technologies behind Responsive Open Learning Environments (ROLE). To enter the course please, follow the link: http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=7433.
ROLE Webinar for developers: This webinar organised by BILD in November 2011 aims to guide the applicants on developing the widgets in the ROLE widget enchantment competition. The public replay is available at: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p8y7p38caxj/.
ROLE LinkedIn Group: If you want to network or discuss with us, share interesting information, etc., consider doing so in our ROLE LinkedIn Group athttp://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1590487.
RESOURCES FOR WIDGET DEVELOPMENT
ROLE Software Development Kit (SDK): We encourage contestants to make use of the ROLE Software Development Kit including pieces of ROLE software to support the development process of Widgets for Personal Responsive Open Learning Environments. Detailed information about the ROLE SDK and ROLE technologies is available at SourceForgeROLE-Project section.
ROLE SourceForge Project: for all resources centred around ROLE developments, visit our ROLE Project on SourceForge. Besides access to our SVN repository and to ready-to-use builds of the ROLE SDK, the contained wiki provides information on how to develop with ROLE technologies. See: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/role-project.
ROLE Developer Google Group: For technical assistance, feedback, criticism or discussion about any of the ROLE technologies either contained in the SDK or in our SourceForge Project, you can contact the ROLE developer team on http://groups.google.com/group/role-dev.
ROLE Developer Chat Room: For direct contact to our developers, you can alternatively use your favourite Jabber/XMPP Client and join our ROLE Developer Chatroom with the JIDrolefirstname.lastname@example.org.
ROLE JIRA Issue Tracker: If you identify any issues, requirements, ideas, etc. around ROLE software, we invite you to share with us in the ROLE JIRA issue tracker at http://role-is.dbis.rwth-aachen.de:9085/secure/Dashboard.jspa.