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Immersive Reflective Experience-based Adaptive Learning (ImREAL)
Start date: Oct 1, 2010, End date: Sep 30, 2013 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Description Immersive simulated environments for experiential learning are growing in popularity and will play a key role in tomorrow’s technologies for adult training. The major challenge is to effectively align the learning experience in the virtual environment with the ‘real-world’ context and ‘day-to-day’ job practice.ImREAL provides a new class of cost effective adaptive systems adjusted to adult learners' needs:
  • pioneering a new psychologically and instructionally sound technological approach to seamlessly link the simulated learning experience and ‘real-world’ job-related experiences ; developing a novel conceptual framework - augmented simulated experiential learning - where innovative adaptive services extend virtual environments by making a connection with the ‘real-world’; and, delivering a new open framework of intelligent services which can be plugged into virtual environments to enhance self-regulated learning. The ImREAL framework exploits and significantly extends advances in distributed architectures, context modelling, dialogic systems, semantic web, and ontological reasoning, and follows pedagogical models of adult self-regulated learning to deliver:an evolving model of ‘real-world’ job activities, linked to storytelling and semantic content augmentation; an extended model of the learner and context, aligning experiences in the simulated environment and the ‘real-world’; and, affective meta-cognitive scaffolding to motivate and engage learners and promote self-reflection, self-evaluation and self-awareness. In order to validate the conceptual framework, and examine the instructional value of the new technological solutions, ImREAL will implement an adaptive services demonstrator which will be trialled in a representative domain with high societal and economical importance:

    Interpersonal Communication focusing on Multi-cultural Awareness.User trials will examine how ImREAL improves the learners’ and trainers’ experiences. Specifically, learners can improve their interpersonal skills and abilities in order to set learning strategies and goals, while trainers can become aware of ‘real-world’ job practice and training needs.

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