CONSTRUIT! - Making construals as a new digital skill for creating interactive open educational resources (2014-2017)

Description

The project focuses on developing, trialling, evaluating and disseminating a new digital skill that relates directly to a digital competency to innovate with technology, to actively participate in collaborative digital and multimedia production, to express oneself creatively through digital media and technologies, to create knowledge and solve conceptual problems with the support of digital tools. We shall introduce new principles and tools for a computing practice that enables educators and learners to collaborate in creating live interactive resources ("construals") that serve as personal, shareable 'working models' or understandings. Such a practice is more accessible than conventional programming but more expressive and powerful than conventional uses of ICT. Its adoption will lead to the online development of open educational resources that can be flexibly modified by educators and learners alike to give exceptionally rich support for blending educational practices combining instruction and construction.

The principal objective of our project is to promote 'making construals' as a new practice that promises to integrate and bring coherence to the dual perspectives on computing and on digital learning. A core concept in this practice, the automatic maintenance of dependency relationships familiar from spreadsheets, is also a prominent informal ingredient of much complex software. Our project is part of a bigger project - beyond the scope of Erasmus+, but aligned to one of the EC's motivating underlying objectives of enhancing ICT teaching and practice across Europe - whose long term goal is to transform computing practice. Our thesis is that so much conventional software development is directed towards implementing the dependencies that connect software to its domain of application, and that in principle can serve to link software development and evolution to knowing and learning within the domain, that this is a great source of inefficiency with potentially enormous economic implications.

Partners

University of Warwick (UK)
European Lab for Educational Technology (Greece)
Helix5 (Netherlands)
Univerxita Komenskeho V Bratislave (Slovakia)
University of Edinburgh (UK)

Funding

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships. Horizon 2020 Funding.

Contact

Dr. Ilkka Jormanainen (first (dot) lastname (@) uef (dot) fi )