Supported by the European Community under the Information Society Technologies priority of the
6th Framework Programme
Kaleidoscope case studies
To demonstrate how Kaleidoscope
researchers work with end users, software developers and business
R&D - at home, at work and in education, we present a variety of
case studies developed in collaboration with individual and
organisational members of the network. The links to these case studies can be selected from the menu to your right.
We also include a link to case studies collated by the Kaleidoscope Stakeholders Club, who invite you to become a member of their activities whatever your perspective on technology enhanced learning. The Stakeholder Club case studies demonstrate the perspectives of user involvement when developing and using TEL products and services, and look at TEL research in more depth than the case studies which are presented here.
For more information on any of these case studies, email Paul Davey: firstname.lastname@example.org
The need for new approaches to evaluation in university courses
University teaching staff must understand more about the experiences of students who return to university for postgraduate study and who are expected to learn by communicating in electronic discussion groups. Often these students have little chance of face-to-face interaction amongst themselves and with their tutors. They take part on courses using electronic communication either if studying in the UK or as students from other countries. We investigate two research projects undertaken at the Centre for Excellence for Work Based Learning, at the Institute of Education, University of London which look at how mature students use technologies to augment the learning experience.
Norway: research at InterMedia, University of Oslo and the benefits to researchers of Kaleidoscope's Virtual Doctoral School
This case looks at InterMedia, a TEL research centre based at the University of Oslo, Norway and working home of Kaleidoscope's Scientific Manager, Sten Ludvigsen (also Director of InterMedia). The case is enriched by offering two different perspectives from staff and researchers at the University of Oslo. In it we talk to the University's ex-Dean of the Faculty of Education about InterMedia. Our interview offers a fascinating insight from someone who has been instrumental in supporting the activities of the research lab. We also talk to two young researchers who describe how they have used TEL to re-engage young biologists in schools in Norway. They also explain how they have benefitted from involvement with Kaleidoscope's Virtual Doctoral School.
A new model for the auto industry
This case study outlines a collaborative project involving researchers from the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, UK and two well known luxury car manufacturers. At the request of representatives from the manufacturers, we cannot name the companies, but suffice to say that their brands are well known globally.
Musical literacy for children: a 21st century renaissance in creative education
Effective application of technology for learning music can enrich a child's view of music, stimulating creative aspects which they themselves are often unaware of. This case study outlines a project which not only brings out the musical ability latent in every child, but also hints at how being motivated in learning and creating music can lead to abilities in other areas, such as linguistics or mathematics. 'Children's musical literacy with new technologies' was undertaken by:
Centro Tempo Reale, University of Florence, Italy
The Interaction Design Area, University of Siena, Italy
The interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland
Collaborations between experts within and outside Kaleidoscope in France, Switzerland and beyond
Three case studies presented by Kaleidoscope Dissemination and:
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Grenbole
Modèles et Technologies pour l'Apprentissage Humain Grenbole
Laboratoire de psychologie sociale, Grenoble
Grenoble Hospital, France
Technologies de Formation et Appresentissage, Geneva, Switzerland
The casesdemonstrate the huge impact that interdisciplinary
education technology research can have - on health: orthopaedic
surgery; in mathematics: teaching algebra in schools; and science:
preparing the chemists of the future for laboratory experiments in
Higher Education settings.
The researchers working on the cases urge policy makers and the general
public to have a closer look at the benefits that can be derived from
teams working from different fields of expertise. Read these cases and
discover why it is difficult to implement generic solutions without
understanding the pedagogic, scientific, computational, professional
and practical considerations which need to be rethought depending on
the target group being educated and all that that entails. The cases
prove that the 'one size fits all' mantra has little place in reality.
If you ever wondered just who and what might be involved in bringing a concept or
idea into the market place, then this case study could be the right place to start.
It demonstrates the part that researchers, teachers, students, and others all play to
ensure that services and products designated for the education market are robust,
pedagogically sound and do what they say. Find the case study here
in English | in Portuguese
(will take you to CNOTINFOR website)
Knowledge Media Research Center, Germany
on innovative research in learning with new knowledge media.
We address questions of learning in individual and cooperative contexts
and scenarios.' KMRC researchers work with users in education at many
levels - from primary schools to museums; hospitals to universities.
The KMRC researchers have very clear messages for policy makers and the general public