Responsive Open Learning Environments

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ROLE’s cross-disciplinary innovative approaches deliver and test prototypes of highly responsive digital learning environments, offering breakthrough levels of effectiveness, flexibility, user-control and individualization. ROLE follows an open approach thereby offering all interested parties to participate in this major endeavor.

ROLE’s stakeholders range from learners to teachers, from employers to education service providers and learning material vendors, from university to further-education organizations. Their needs are continuously integrated into ROLE, thereby ensuring that significant benefits arise for the learners, their communities, employers, TEL developers and society in general. 

First results are available through the ROLE showcase platform. Here, successful tools and learning environments are provided to exemplify how ROLE can be successfully employed in all stages of life-long learning after leaving high school. Furthermore, learners, teachers and organizations testify about their successful use of the ROLE approach in various learning scenarios. ROLE’s generic framework uses an open source approach, interoperable across software systems and technology. Hence, any tool created by an individual is available from a pool of services and tools to all learners via the internet, no matter which learning environment, operating system or device they use or subject matter they learn. A highly active community is continuously promoting new results, ideas and approaches.

Learning is a highly individual experience. Therefore, ROLE enables learners to create their personal learning environment, and thus their individual learning experience. The ROLE approach offers adaptivity and personalization specifically in terms of the contents and services that comprise the entire learning environment and its functionalities. This approach permits individualization of the components, tools, and functionalities of a digital learning environment. Learning environment services can be combined to generate (to mashup) new components and functionalities while addressing the needs of the learners as well as of the organizations accrediting and/or certifying the learning activities. This approach empowers learners themselves to generate new tools and functionalities according to their needs, and can help them to establish a livelier and personally more meaningful learning context and learning experience. At the same time, organizations are able to control and stir the assembly of the learning environments to ensure the acceptability of the learning activities and outcomes.

Get involved!

The ROLE Alliance Program gives you the opportunity to be a part of the ROLE Project. It forms a partner network of strategic users, vendors and other stakeholder in order to extend the use, deployment and further development of the project’s results. If you want to contribute your ideas and solutions of how personal learning environments improve efficiency and effectiveness of life-long learning approaches, please cooperate with us by joining the ROLE Alliance Program.

The program aims to create synergies between the ROLE Project and you as an external stakeholder. As a member you have a lot of benefits like

  • Full access to our showcase platform to test the Personal Learning Environment (PLE) demonstrators
  • Early access to content like source code, deliverables (project reports, technical specifications, scientific whitepapers) and scenario descriptions
  • Free visit of specific ROLE workshops
  • The possibility to get in contact with members of the ROLE Consortium or Alliance Partners
ROLE is a collaborative project funded under the IST 7th Framework Program of the European Commission.

You will already find a lot of content in the website area exclusively accessible to the Alliance Program members, and more will be added as it becomes available during the project. You can also get involved in ROLE by joining us at LinkedIn!

Video "How you can benefit from the ROLE project?"

Members of the ROLE consortium from research, higher education and industry explain the benefit of the ROLE project and present learning scenarios and usecases for the developed ROLE tools and methodology.