Responsive Open Learning Environments
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ROLE’s cross-disciplinary innovative approaches deliver and test prototypes of highly responsive digital learning environments, offering breakthrough levels of effectiveness, flexibility, user-control and individualisation. ROLE follows an open approach thereby offering all interested parties to participate in this major endeavour.
ROLE’s stakeholders range from learners to teachers, from employers to education service providers and learning material vendors, from university to further-education organisations. Their needs are continuously integrated into ROLE, thereby ensuring that significant benefits arise for the learners, their communities, employers, TEL developers and society in general.
Learning is a highly individual experience. Therefore, ROLE enables learners to create and their personal learning environment, and thus their individual learning experience. The ROLE approach offers adaptivity and personalisation specifically in terms of the contents and services that comprise the entire learning environment and its functionalities. This approach permits individualisation of the components, tools, and functionalities of a digital learning environment. Learning environment services can be combined to generate (to mashup) new components and functionalities while addressing the needs of the learners as well as of the organisations accrediting and/or certifying the learning activities. This approach empowers learners themselves to generate new tools and functionalities according to their needs, and can help them to establish a livelier and personally more meaningful learning context and learning experience. At the same time, organisations are able to control and stir the assembly of the learning environments to ensure the acceptability of the learning activities and outcomes.
First results are available through the ROLE showcase, available at http://www.role-showcase.eu/ . Here, successful tools and learning environments are provided to exemplify how ROLE can be successfully employed in all stages of life-long learning after leaving high school. Furthermore, learners, teachers and organisations testify about their successful use of the ROLE approach in various learning scenarios. 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 or subject matter they learn. A highly active community is continuously promoting new results, ideas and approaches. Join us at the LinkedIn ROLE group: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/1590487
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