Calibrating eLearning in Schools (CALIBRATE) was organised to add value to the services provided for by national content portals and improve the ability of schools to easily locate and access a wider and more diverse collection of learning resources at an European level.

In CALIBRATE we have researched ways to improve the semantic interoperability of digital learning resource descriptions for use in European learning resource brokerage systems. Explored to what extent IMS Learning Design is able to model collaborative learning processes and scenarios in order to support the collaborative use of digital learning resources.

In the Calibrate project EngageLab enabled us to explore activity theoretical approaches to understand European curriculum plans and learning resource descriptions. Based on activity theory the project revealed “topics”, “goals” and “activities” as the main facets of European curriculum plans. These three facets were transformed into semantic descriptors improving the access to digital learning resources in repositories around Europe. Based on this work we have further explored the application of activity theoretical approaches to design for teaching and learning in Norwegian schools. Teaching and learning reflect a complex activity system with various motives and potential outcomes. To understand such processes and design for educational activities we need rich and robust didactical models. Activity theory may be an approach to achieve this aim. Project manager, Professor Trond Eiliv Hauge.

Read more at project website.

Project manager
Professor Trond Eiliv Hauge
t.e.hauge@ils.uio.no

EngageLab members
Jan Dolonen
Ole Smørdal
Jeremy Toussaint

Partners
European Schoolnet
TOVEK
Media Lab – UIAH

Types of engagement
Requirements spesification
Software development management
Evaluations

Technologies
Topic maps
LeMill