Graz University of Technology (TU GRAZ)

The Knowledge Technologies Institute (KTI; directed by Prof. Stefanie Linstaedt) at the Graz University of Technology undertakes interdisciplinary research on Knowledge Management and Technology Enhanced Learning in a broad spectrum of domains, integrating technological and application-oriented perspectives, including cognitive and social science aspects. The technology oriented research stream focuses on acquiring, managing, and applying semantic metadata and ontologies. From an applied perspective, TUGraz investigates the use of social software in the context of Web 2.0 to build structures and transfer knowledge within and across individuals, institutions, and organizations. A special focus in this area is on contextualizing and personalizing learning events in the professional workplace and other learning environments (e.g. APOSDLE project). LEA's BOX is coordinated by the Cognitive Science Section (CSS). The focus of research from a cognitive sciences viewpoint is on the investigation of the structures of cognitive processes, the representation and modelling of knowledge and competencies, as well as their applications in individualized web-based testing and in adaptive technology enhanced learning. Contributing to and participating in the empirical evaluation and validation of eLearning systems based on scientifically sound methodologies also falls within the field of our expertise. TU GRAZ and its Cognitive Science Section closely cooperates with University of Graz (Department of Psychology, Department of Information Science) and the Know-Center, Austria's K+ Competence Center for Knowledge Management, and therefore retains close connections with Austrian corporate partners. The Cognitive Science Section has long experience in European TEL-projects (e.g. EASEL, iClass, ELEKTRA, GRAPPLE, 80Days, ROLE, TARGET, ImREAL, ALICE, GALA, NEXT-TELL, weSPOT, Innovret, or RECOBIA). The focus of research within these projects has been on modelling knowledge and competence, on developing comprehensive knowledge representation frameworks and ontologies, on contributing to psycho-pedagogical frameworks and on their application in TEL for personalizing learning paths and for adaptively assessing knowledge and competencies. Research experience on adaptive interventions in the context of game-based learning done within the ELEKTRA and 80Days projects, as well as on competence development and adaptive competence assessment within TARGET will provide a sound basis for TU GRAZ research and the elaboration of an integrated framework for adaptive competence assessment and development in GALA.

In the project, TU GRAZ is responsible for leading the psycho-pedagogical research in the area of theory-based and competence-centred data mining and analytics services. Also, TU GRAZ is project coordinator and responsible for dissemination activities.


University of Birmingham (UoB)

Founded in 1900 by the citizens of Birmingham, the University of Birmingham is a world leading Higher Education institution, both nationally and internationally, which offers high-standard teaching and research in most major disciplines. The University ranked 77th in the 2012 QS table of World rankings of Universities and was the 27th European institution on that list (

The School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE) was judged to have 85% of its research to be of international standing, with 60% internationally leading. The school undertakes research across a wide range of disciplines, including computer vision and activity recognition, multimodal human-computer and human-robot interaction, social signal processing, adaptive learning environments, user and learner modelling, affective computing, and language processing. The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Centre is a cross disciplinary centre of excellence within the University and undertakes research in core HCI and especially in the fusion of HCI and Artificial Intelligence techniques to build intelligent user interfaces and technologies, and novel forms of interaction. The Centre, comprising in particular the School of Computer Science and Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, leads the development of our understanding of how people interact with technologies, and how one transforms the other. Undertaking fundamental and applied work, its mission is to create and remain at the leading edge of research, producing science and applications of significant social and economic impact.
     The Open Learner Modelling research is led by Dr. Susan Bull and akes place with reference to a range of contexts and issues, for example: promoting learner reflection and language awareness in language learning; encouraging metacognitive behaviours from viewing the learner model; methods of visualising the learner model; how learners (children and adults) and teachers use an open learner model; linking open learner modelling with the rapidly developing field of learning analytics. There are currently three researchers and four PhD students working in this area specifically, and many others in HCI more generally, including various aspects of education and training. Many members of the academic staff in the School have used the Open Learner Modelling group’s OLMlets open learner model in their teaching; and OLMlets has also been used in classrooms in Canada, Malaysia, Kuwait and Norway. The open learner model from the FP7 Next-TELL IP is currently being deployed in several European countries.

In the project, UoB is responsible for driving the research and development in the field of open learner modelling, analysis, and aggregation of data. Another major objective to drive the research on novel visualizations for displaying the results of learning analytics / educational data mining.


Scio s.r.o.

Scio is a leading Czech educational assessment centre offering services to schools, universities, self-governing institutions, school boards and other institutions. Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, Scio began operations in 1996. It is a private and independent SME. The company is engaged in development of state-of-the-art products and services aimed at education and student assessment. Since 1996 Scio has administered and carried out hundreds of thousands of exams, and numerous surveys and projects. Scio provides all kinds of services, from preparing test papers to final analyses (individual and general). National Comparative Exams or NCE, which are certified exams, are used as a criterion in the acceptance processes of many Czech universities. Additionally, Scio provides primary and secondary schools with various assessment projects. It evaluates long-term educational progress of schools and helps students to choose an appropriate type of education.

   " Scio has a broad access to hundreds of schools. It uses its own call centre and a bulletin to communicate with school on the daily basis.
   " Scio has an experienced team of professionals who specialise in all aspects of assessment. Our experts work closely with schools and
     students, to ensure that our tools meet our client needs.
   " Scio is a member of the Association for Educational Assessment (AEA)-Europe.
   " Scio prepares hundreds of evaluating tools for primary and secondary schools and universities each year. The preparation of tests
     involves piloting as well as evaluating the whole process.
   " Scio provides a complete range of services from consultancy, project management and training, to testing and custom development.
   " Scio has launched several ESF funded project focused on development of various assessment tools for both primary and secondary
     schools (6-18 yrs of age). It has experience of supporting schools in a variety of ways.

In the project, SCIO is responsible for bringing research and development outcomes into Czech schools and for the evaluation of the projects results.



Andrej Novik


Lenka Firtova




SEBIT Egitim ve Bilgi Teknolojileri A.S.

SEBIT has its roots tracing back to 1988, to the establishment of a Multimedia Research Laboratory in the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK). In 1996, the laboratory was privatized and the group focused on developing high quality, multimedia rich, instructional e-education content and services aiming at the K-12 segment. Since then, SEBIT has grown to be the largest e-education company in Turkey and USA. SEBIT core product is now used by nearly 1,5 Million students and teachers in Turkey, over 300,000 in USA (under the brand AdaptiveCurriculum) and in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and in Chile. SEBIT operates in partnership with local incumbent telecom operators, and multinationals such as Intel, Microsoft, and Cisco. SEBIT conducts R&D in K12 e-education and innovates continuously. SEBIT products received the prestigious CODIE Award in USA twice and has been nominated again this year in 2013. At the European level, SEBIT has been technically coordinating the iClass (Intelligent Distributed Cognitive-based Open Learning System for Schools), integrated project under FP6, whose orignal project idea was proposed by SEBIT in 2002 and completed successfully in 2008. SEBIT employs over 250 people in Turkey and nearly 40 in USA and it’s fully owned by Turkish Telekom (the largest IT company in Turkey). Since 2011 SEBIT is an active participant to the FATIH project in Turkey, which aims at total revamping of the educational infrastructure equipping 16 Million students with tablets, and 80,000 classrooms with smart boards. FATIH is the largest TEL project on the planet, and SEBIT runs pilots in 10 fully equipped schools. SEBIT has a data-oriented approach to direct the project based on a massive data set accumulated from 1,5 Million users since 2008 and measure the outcomes in the pilot schools. In April 2013 Turkish MoNE has tendered for 10,6 Million tablet PCs taking the project to the next level. In the coming years, SEBIT aims to mobilize this huge TEL support to massively deploy the novel pedagogical approach of the iClass project (self-regulated personalised learning), by providing the software and data-oriented management for FATIH.

In the project, SEBIT is responsible for bringing research and development outcomes into Turkish schools and for the dissemination and exploitation activities.

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