80days - Around an Inspiring Virtual Learning World in Eighty Days


European Commission, FP7, Research area ICT-2007.4.1, project 215918, EUR 3,297,000 (Leicester: EUR 346,000)


April 2008 - September 2010


Developing educational games that can effectively foster learning with fun and pleasure is a vision for researchers and practitioners in the field of technology-enhanced learning. 80Days is an EC-funded RTD project (2008-2010) that contributes to this vision. It aims to create an adaptive and responsive system, which enables the understanding of active learning processes within a virtual learning environment, adapts to individual needs and abilities, and thus exploits the learners' capabilities. 80Days entails the smooth integration of interdisciplinary work: learning science, storytelling, game and didactic design, game development, and human-computer interaction (HCI). 80Days delivers an innovative and advanced methodological and technological framework for effectively developing successful educational games to be demonstrated by a geography game prototype realising gaming/learning scenarios inspired by Jules Verne's "Around the world in eighty days". It is critical to evaluate and validate systematically the effectiveness of this game from technological, pedagogical and other perspectives. The University of Leicester assumes this significant role in coordinating and implementing the evaluation and validation trials.

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E Law, M Mirza, X Sun, T Erlebach


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