Concepts and methods for exploring the future of learning with digital technologies

Logo Kaleidoscope

Very little of the transformation of working and social life that has accompanied digital
technologies is reflected in the practice of learning and teaching, or in the quality of research.
Kaleidoscope’s central aims are to fill these gaps in research by :

  • integrating existing European initiatives to develop a rich, culturally-diverse and coherent theoretical and practical research foundation for research and innovation;
  • developing new tools and methodologies that operationalise an interdisciplinary approach to research on learning with digital technologies at a European-wide level

Kaleidoscope will integrate existing research to develop new concepts and methodologies
from a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective that includes:

  • Foundations in the cognitive and learning sciences, including a socio-cultural perspective, to strengthen the development of educational technologies
  • Conceptual and methodological bridges between educational, social and cognitive sciences, and emerging technologies
  • Principled design for promoting technological development enabling interactive, intelligent and cooperative learning environments
  • Structural and organizational models for integrating technology-enhanced learning into organizations
  • Novel computational solutions to “Technology Enhanced Learning” environments that are adaptive, knowledgeable, cognitively sensitive, pervasive, multi-modal and personalised.

Kaleidoscope seeks to explore the different conceptual frameworks of relevant disciplines in
order to delineate the commonalities and differences that frame the research objectives in the
field. It will do this by supporting a range of integrating actions, including Jointly Executed
Integrating Research Projects (JEIRP), European Research Teams (ERT), and Special
Interest Groups (SIG). It will establish a Virtual Doctoral School (VDS), which will act as a
common reference point for the development of research and training of new researchers, and
a Shared Virtual Laboratory (SVL) to share, build and evaluate artefacts.

Currently, CSS participation in Kaleidoscope focuses on the Trails JEIRP (Personalised and Collaborative Trails of Digital and Non-Digital Learning Objects).

EU-Homepage: http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/71192_en.html


Partners: EU-Homepage – Participants

Graz Partner: Department of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria/Europe

Duration: 01.01.2004 – 31.12.2007 (48 months)

Funding: Supported by the 6th framework (Information Societies Technology) programme (FP6-IST, NoE) of the European Commission. Grant No.: 507838

  • Total Budget: € 9,350,000.00
  • Total Funding: € 9,350,000.00
  • CSS Budget: € 8,035.00