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TIPS T-learning to Improve Professional Skills for intercultural dialogue

TIPS ‘T-learning to Improve Professional Skills for intercultural dialogue’ is a two-year Leonardo da Vinci project co-funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. The project started in November 2007 and will finish in October 2009. The purpose of the project is to support cultural mediators around Europe to improve their skills and competences through the T-learning approach, an integrated methodology exploiting the potential of E-learning, M-learning and TV-learning.

The TIPS T-learning system hosts various tools to encourage both interactivity (e.g. self-assessment quizzes) and interaction (social software). TIPS beneficiaries will benefit from an on-line course supported by a mixed methodology where E-learning is supported by M-learning and TV-learning. The triple system exploits the benefits of distance learning tools and specific learning objects are developed for each tool offering a solution to compensate for any weaknesses that might be present in the other methodologies. Thus ensuring high quality interaction, portability, multimediality, simulations and no limits of space and time. These intrinsic qualities of the TIPS system are expected to positively impact cultural mediators’ learning process by promoting customized training able to fit different learning styles.

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The growth of mlearning and the growth of mobile computing: parallel developments

Mlearning is made possible by the existence and application of mobile hardware and networking technology. By exploring the capabilities of these technologies, it is possible to construct a picture of how different components of m-learning can be implemented. This paper will explore the major technologies currently in use: Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs), Short Message Service (SMS) messaging via mobile phone, and podcasts via MP3 players.

Originally published in ‘International Review on Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)’, V. 8, n. 2. Subject to Creative Commons License 2.5 (c) 2007 http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/348/873

Reproduced with permission of Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University

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