Online Presence for Learning

Acronym: OP4L
Project ID: ERA 115
Funding including national funding and EC funding:
Total costs: 149,930 € SEE-ERA.NET PLUS funding: 131,702 €
Project duration: 01.10.2010 / 30.09.2012

Link to OP4L Project Webpage

The main objective of this project is to provide support for advanced, context-aware Learning Process Management (LPM) within Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) as the increasingly important new paradigm in online education. Being rooted in modern pedagogical theories, PLEs follow learner-centric approach and grant learners with the ownership and full control over their learning processes. They also foster learners’ active involvement in the learning process. However, to fully leverage the potentials of PLEs, learners need adequate support, primarily in the form of recommendation and feedback provision services. Accordingly, by relying upon the results of previous EU-funded projects, we will develop different kinds of services that provide learners with high-quality recommendation regarding the learning activities to be taken, the learning content to be used, and/or who can be contacted for collaboration and/or help provision. All the recommendations will be based on the learner’s current learning context and the state of online presence of members of his/her social graph (i.e., network of online connections). The project will take an innovative technological approach – it will offer new ways of combining Social Web presence data and Semantic Web technologies to provide advanced support for managing online learning resources and processes within PLEs. Here, the role of Semantic Web technologies is to advance the state of the art in collaborative learning on the Social Web and to meaningfully interrelate existing and/or discover new knowledge over the learner processes (relationships, resources). Additionally, a strong innovation potential of this proposal can be seen in the novel interactive and adaptive support for both learning resources and processes. As the proof of concept, the project will extend an existing semantically-enabled PLE with new services for supporting context-aware LPM while fully respecting the learners’ expressions of online presence.

Partners involved:

Faculty of Organizational Sciences
University of Belgrade
Jove Ilica 154
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Prof. Vladan Devedzic

Université Henri Poincare Nancy 1
LORIA lab (Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications)
30 rue Lionnois
54003 Nancy, France
Prof. Monique Grandbastien

Faculty of Information Technology
Vaka Djurovica Street, NN
81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
Dr. Ramo Sendelj

Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft m.b.H.
Knowledge and Media Technologies Group (KMT)
Jakob Haringer Strasse 5/III
5020 Salzburg, Austria
Dr. Violeta Damjanovic

Technical faculty Cacak
Department for Information technology
Svetog Save 65
32000 Cacak, Serbia
Dr. Danijela Milosevic

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Smetanova ulica 17
2000 Maribor, Slovenia
Prof. Matjaz Debevc

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, Institute of Computer Science and Engineering
Karpos II, bb
1000 Skopje, FYROM
Prof. Suzana Loskovska