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ADLES Research Project: Design and Implementation of Emerging Student Learning Methodologies through Work Experience and Troubleshooting

ADLES Research Project: Design and Implementation of Emerging Student Learning Methodologies through Work Experience and Troubleshooting

Traditional learning methodologies, based on passive information transmission, do not develop significant transversal skills such as critical, lateral, and creative thinking, communication skills, and the ability to co-operate in small and large groups.
In addition, traditional learning methodologies, when not combined with digital technology, do not succeed in attracting the interest of today's digital literate students, meeting their emerging needs, and exploiting the benefits of technology in order to link the learning process to learning objectives by enriching learning activities, increased flexibility, and immediate feedback.
The ADLES research project, funded by the European Commission's Erasmus + program, in which the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly also participates, aims to work with teachers in secondary general and vocational education so as to design and implement emerging learning methodologies that contribute to pupils' active participation through experiential learning, project based learning, and problem-based learning. These methodologies contribute not only to the development of knowledge but also to its effective implementation in real life. The ADLES research project is developing a digital platform that offers a range of tools, including digital learning games, simulations, and communication capabilities to support active learning.
The ADLES platform enables students to explore a problem, search for information, compound possible solutions, collaborate, communicate, and develop cross-cutting skills with industry and labor market demands within a wide international community. A first version of the platform is expected to be ready for pilot use by the end of 2018.
In the research program, apart from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly, organizations from Portugal, Denmark, Italy and Turkey also participate. The scientist responsible for the program on behalf of the University of Thessaly is the Emeritus Professor Ilias Houstis, while the responsible staff member is Mrs. Charikleia Tsalapatas. The group works together in the research project with Mr. Antonios Plageras, Head of Youth Advisory Station of Magnesia.
More information on the research project, which is underway from 2017 to 2019, is available on http://adles.eu/.