Intelligent distributed cognitive-based open learning systems for schools
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iClass combines research in the fields of pedagogy, cognitive science and computer science towards the realisation of a self regulated personalised learning and empowerment for learners and teachers in the K12 sector.
The pedagogical vision driving the iClass project is presented in an SRPL (Self Regulated Personalized Learning) model which amalgamates pedagogical considerations of self regulated learning (SRL), Personalization, and Intrinsic Motivation. The SRPL pedagogical model is the basis of the iClass system whose functionalities are designed to facilitate the pedagogical model implementation in a wide range of educational settings both formal and informal.
The iClass team is creating a suite of pedagogically coherent tools and a set of pedagogical methodologies. The tools take into account the needs specific to contemporary classroom teaching situations, and the methodologies facilitate openness and personalised and/or collaborative activities in the classroom and beyond. These tools and methodologies aim to increase the effectiveness of and accessibility to education by giving the users sufficient control and choice options to attain empowerment in tailoring their teaching and learning experiences to their specific preferences and needs.
Teachers are empowered through tools (e.g. diagnostic) and a methodology in order to design and deliver personalised learning. Learners are empowered by iClass in the sense that the system supports self-regulated learning, where human actors – the learner, assisted by the teacher – are the owners of the profiling process and of the creation of a personalised learning path. The technology's role in self-regulated learning is that of a facilitator, providing the required environment, tools and information for the learner to exercise self-regulation and self-reflection.
As the pedagogical standpoint of the iClass system, the project has created a 'Self Regulated Personalized Learning (SRPL) Model' based on the iClass educational vision. This model serves as a concrete blueprint for the realisation of the iClass educational vision in technology-enhanced environments. It is being validated through on-going analysis of state of the art research and of end-user feedback. It will also serve as a reference for ongoing monitoring of the alignment of the project activities with the educational vision and foster it.
The iClass system allows for various educational approaches and thus can be used in most, if not all, learning and teaching situations. The project team will concentrate on proof of concepts with 10 years plus students, although the results of their work will be applicable to a broader range of both primary and secondary school students.
Extracted from: iClass