Research Projects

MMembers of the Centre for Learning and Teaching Research engage with and participate in diverse EU funded research projects through the South-East European Research Centre (SEERC). SEERC is an overseas research centre of the University of Sheffield, established as a non-profit legal entity in Thessaloniki, Greece. The centre was founded by City College, the University's International Faculty, in 2003. It is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of Information & Communication Technologies, Enterprise, Innovation & Development, and Society & Human Development. SEERC's research clusters initiate activities that lead to funded projects that tackle issues of importance at a regional, European and international level with a particular focus on South East Europe. The funded research projects listed below are related to education and training.

Ambient Learning

The project investigated the potential of deploying an easy-to-use eLearning service, which allows any-time, any-where and any-how access to personalised, high quality learning content, intended to support the busy professional who has limited time available for learning. The project aspires to prepare the ground for the introduction of services that offer ambient, personalised multimodal and context-sensitive access to learning at work, at home, at training institutions, or on the move.

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The project investigates new, pedagogically-motivated methods for incorporating e-training add-on components into commercial software products, so that the pplication software to be taught and the educational process, can become effectively integrated. The ELEVATE project aims to create a novel hybrid environment for the training and certification of end-users of commercial software products, which will enable European software SMEs to deliver innovative e-training services.

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OrganiK (An Organic Knowledge Management System for Small European Knowledge-intensive Companies) is a project that combines social software applications and semantic technology in order to develop innovative knowledge management approaches for European SMEs. The project delivers a set of semantically-integrated social software tools, a well-tested and documented methodology for their application, and a set of five reference applications in use at the participating SMEs.

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The Embed4auto project provides the European industry with innovative training for model-based development technologies and helps to promote the use of model-based technologies in the area of embedded systems development. The project transfers results from the previous Leonardo da Vinci pilot project Up2UML to the domain of embedded systems to further European countries and to new industrial sectors, and promotes a subject that is important for the European industry.

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Embedding Standards

The project supports European Standardisation processes in the ICT and Multimedia sector by linking standardisation initiatives in national and European levels in a systematic context, and to make national Vocational Education and Training systems compatible to each other by developing an integrative model to describe skills, qualifications and competences on a common EU basis, thus improving the quality of vocational training and better utilisation of EU human resources.

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QF Embodiment

The QF Embodiment project discusses the experiences of the participating countries gained in terms of the development of their national/sectoral qualifications frameworks as well as the establishment of the qualifications frameworks of eight selected sectors contained in the work plan and their convergence thereof to the EQF. All of this will be studied in the context of general education, higher education and vocational training. The analysis covers Vocational Training qualifications.

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