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Design and evaluation of learning environments. design and evaluation of language courseware.

Using semi-automated feedback and assessment for mathematical proficiency: a quasi-experimental study on student learning effectiveness, reliability and time savings. 01/11/2019 - 31/10/2023

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Feedback is the most powerful engine of any learning process. In the field of Mathematics Education, the possibilities to assess automatedly are therefore being thoroughly explored. However, students face difficulties expressing themselves mathematically on a computer and learning systems can often only assess the outcome and not the solving method. Research indicates that automated tests focus too much on procedural fluency, at the expense of mathematical thinking questions. It takes much effort to develop digital tests and teachers are sceptical of using automated assessments, meaning that paper-and-pencil tests still dominate the math class. One of the characteristics of mathematical assessment is that wrong answers tend to exhibit patterns among the student population. Consequently, teachers often repeat their feedback and marks. This brings us to the idea of semi-automated feedback and assessment: by correcting handwritten tasks digitally, feedback can be saved and re-used. This could lead to more elaborate feedback and interesting time savings, but also opens up possibilities to extensively monitor the individual learning process of students, and to apply adaptive differentiated instruction using Bayesian networks. A Bayesian network is a probabilistic graphical model of a student's proficiency. We want to focus on the learning gains that semi-automated evaluation systems can offer, but also explore the reliability, time savings and acceptance levels of such systems.

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Pedagogical differentiation through telecollaboration and gaming for intercultural and content integrated language teaching (TeCoLa). 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2019

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TeCoLa Pedagogical Differentiation through Telecollaboration and Gaming for Intercultural and Content Integrated Language Teaching The Erasmus+ project TeCoLa harnesses gamified telecollaboration technologies to enhance foreign language teaching and learning. Virtual world interaction, video communication and online games are deployed to support online pedagogical exchanges between secondary school students throughout Europe. Special attention is given to • Authentic communication practice in the foreign language, • intercultural experience, awareness raising and competence development, • collaborative knowledge discovery in contexts of content and language integrated learning, • learning diversity and differentiated pedagogical practices. https://goo.gl/forms/aOn7r4o6QdxZWRw82 or CONTACT us: tecola@uu.nl Project partners: UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT (Nederland), LINK LINGUISTIK & INTERKULTURELLE KOMMUNIKATION (Deutschland), UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON (UK), UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN (Belgium), UNIVERSITAT DE VALÈNCIA (España), TRANSIT-LINGUA (France), 3DLES (Nederland)

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    Interactive Technologies in Language Teaching 2 (iTILT2). 01/09/2014 - 31/08/2017

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    ITILT 2 stands for 'Interactive Teaching in Languages with Technology' and investigates the effective use of interactive technologies for task-based language teaching (TBLT). The project builds on, and extends, the EU project iTILT (interactive Technologies in Language Teaching), focusing on the interactive whiteboard (IWB) for teaching foreign languages. iTILT 2 moves beyond the IWB to focus on developing effective teaching and learning of second languages with a wider range of new and emerging interactive technologies, such as tablet PCs, mobile phones, and videoconferencing software. The educational contexts vary from primary and secondary schools, to vocational colleges and universities. A central feature of the project will be the role of teachers from different countries and different age groups as co-researchers with the project team in developing new ideas on how to use new technologies in teaching and learning languages. This will ensure that the project is grounded in current classroom practice (provided by the teachers and schools), but also reflects expertise of effective language teaching and effective teaching with technology (provided by the research team). The subsequent lessons will be videoed and extracts from the lesson, along with supporting materials, will be added to the iTLT2-website. In addition, the project will develop a professional development e-resource, which will be valuable to both pre-service and in-service teachers of languages. https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/research-projects/national-international-projects/international-projects/itilt2/

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      TLCP - Teaching Language to Caregivers - Pack. 01/01/2014 - 30/06/2016

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      This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand EU. UA provides EU research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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        Development of a digital platform to learn Dutch. 01/11/2013 - 30/06/2015

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        This project represents a formal service agreement between UA and on the other hand KUL. UA provides KUL research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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          Digitizing innovative grammar. 08/10/2012 - 14/12/2012

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          This project represents a formal service agreement between UA and on the other hand KdG. UA provides KdG research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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            Design of learning environment for language coaching NT2. 06/06/2011 - 30/04/2012

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            Designing a learning environment for Dutch as a Second Language Coaching (Zorgbedrijf) The Healthcare Company (Zorgbedrijf) – the umbrella organisation of the housing and healthcare sectors in Antwerp – wishes to welcome and care for residents in a professional way. Non-native staff may experience difficulty in understanding the elderly. The Healthcare Company would like to support these staff members in practising their profession by organising language learning initiatives. LINGUAPOLIS is running a pilot project, investigating, developing and guiding possible language learning initiatives at the Healthcare Company.

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              Combined silent speech- and emotion recognition. 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2010

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              In this project, we plan to process the acquired knowledge concerning silent emotion and speech recognition into a publishable paper. We will also write a doctorate proposal that will enable us to delve deeper into the subject at hand. The demand for silent recognition, in healthcare, info- entertainment and the security sector, is rapidly rising, hence this research. We will compile the results of the last three years of preliminary research, into a software application that will demonstrate the technology.

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                Mentor Education - design for all. 05/12/2008 - 31/10/2009

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                With the new legislation increasing the amount of practice during teacher education, mentors in schools do not always feel sufficiently competent to meet their responsibilities. At the same time the teacher educators are concerned about the quality of the mentoring process as a result of the scaling of the institutional partnerships. This project examines whether it is possible and desirable to develop an innovative course for mentors meeting the expectations of tutors, educators, students and institutions involved in the training of teachers for secondary education.

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                L'anglais langue académique: au service de l'enseignement scientifique: organisation d'un système de formation à grande capacité. 01/10/2008 - 30/09/2010

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                Le projet adaptera la formation actuelle de l'université FCK aux nouvelles demandes dans le domaine de maitrise de langue académique. A partir d'une analyse avancée des besoins et en adaptant le matériel didactique pour l'anglais académique disponible aussi bien a Kinshasa qu'à l'Université d'Anvers le présent projet vise former des enseignants et introduire un système de formation considérablement plus performant et intensif. Les étudiants devront atteindre les niveaux de maitrise qui donnent accès aux examens intemationaux et aux qualifications internationales reconnues pour les groupes cibles (étudiants de première et seconde année, et étudiants envisageant formation continuée â l'étranger). Un effet multiplicateur est envisagé plus long terme, par l'extension du modèle aussi bien vers les autres universités que vers l'enseignement secondaire.

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                Development and integration of Speech technology into Courseware for language learning (DISCO). 01/02/2008 - 31/01/2011

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                This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Nederlandse Taalunie. UA provides Nederlandse Taalunie research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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                  ELBEP - Eliminating Language Barriers in European Prisons through Open and Distance Education Technology. 01/12/2007 - 30/11/2009

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                  ELBEP aims at creating an e-learning environment to provide prison staffs with Russian, Polish, Spanish, Greek and Turkish language skills (A1 level). The developed materials will be tested in Belgium, Germany and Greece. LINGUAPOLIS will develop a Spanish portal tailored to the needs of the prisons' staff.

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                    LANQUA: Language Network for Quality Assurance. 01/10/2007 - 30/09/2010

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                    The project aims to produce a European quality benchmark to enable institutions and stakeholders to assure and enhance the quality of provision in these areas of higher education. It will bring together representatives of European member states, candidate and EEA countries to reflect on learning outcomes required, to share good practice and innovation to achieve these outcomes, and to work towards a common European statement. To this end, LANQUA will produce a reference document, a series of relevant case studies and a set of recommendations on how the quality of provision can be assured and improved at institutional, national and European levels.

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                      Evaluation foreign language programs VDAB. 01/06/2007 - 30/09/2009

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                        At your service II 20/12/2004 - 30/12/2005

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                        In 2001 DIDASCALIA was contacted by the hotel and catering industry to assist them in developing didactic material for the improvement of the language competence of people working in hotels, catering and tourism. In collaboration with the other partners (the Brussels, Flemish and Walloon Employment Agencies...) DIDASCALIA has defined the concept and the design. It has also assumed the didactic counselling, the project coordination and the development of the prototype. In 2004 the project was prolonged and DIDASCALIA was asked to do the coaching. On the basis of a survey of the users, the different partners decided to: § add all conjugated and inflected forms to the dictionary, § add extra exercises to The Well of Wisdom, § offer a new exercise form (The Insatiable Client), § increase the build-in tutor's role as a coach § offer the existing exercises adaptively and allow full random of the four languages at the highest level § add additional software appliances (a virtual visit, extra animation, ...) The target group consists of beginners who are often not reached by the traditional language training centres. Therefore a playful and constructivist approach was chosen. With the decisions mentioned above, this approach will be carried on consistently and even extended. The reactions of the users were very positive. DIDASCALIA aims to further assist the learners in their learning of foreign languages, thus improving the customer-friendliness within the different industries.

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                          Organisation congres :"International C.A.L.L. Conference 2004". 13/09/2004 - 31/12/2004

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                            Development of an online course French & English for adult education in Flanders (BIS Online), Vantage. 01/07/2004 - 30/06/2006

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                              (Courseware) development of the multimedia language course French and English. (parcel 7 and 10) 01/01/2004 - 31/12/2004

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                              The official French and English on-line language courses - level Breakthrough and Waystage - for BIS Adult Education offers 240 lessons which concentrate on four skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. The 12 contexts defined by the DVO (Department for Education Development) in their report "Training Profiles for Modern Languages" ensure the necessary variation in this course. In each lesson one of the contexts is linked to a specific goal in order to formulate a language task for the learner. The language course is based on the Internet and provides additional material such as extra documents, PDF files, audio and video material, on-line dictionaries and grammars, links to interesting sites, etc. Feedback is provided partly by the program and partly by mentors. Next to the four language skills the BIS on-line course also concentrates on computer literacy, learning how to help and evaluate oneself, learning how to work with the resources on the Net and adopt a critical attitude towards the information found on the Net.

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                                Pedagora: specification of the added value of broadband networks for multimedi a language learning in Flanders. 01/10/1996 - 31/03/1999

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                                The aim of Pedagora is to research an accurate, objective and dynamic specification of the added value of high bandwidth networks for different types of language learning through multimedia in Flanders aiming at a maximal valorization potential of this new technology.

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