dissemination, projects, Research, SL Route

IE runs an Experiment on OpenSim as part of the SLRoute project

Spanish Learning Route (SLROUTE) is an industrial research and experimental development project whose main technological objective is the creation of a technological platform management, support and management of digital content targeted educational video game MMOG type.

The project is lead by Alcalingua in collaboration with Every View SL, Next Computer SL and the University of Alcalá, and has co-financing from Plan Avanza2 (Spanish National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Innovation), the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union (EU).

SL Route - OpenSim version - starting point.

SL Route – OpenSim version – starting point.

IERU is involved in the project, as part of the UAH team (the Alcalingua UAH group is also part of the project), and is currently researching on the general factors affecting the acceptability of immersive 3D adventure games for language learning and the preferences of  the students regarding  non-guided social interaction mechanisms in MMOL games and to which extent they are perceived as useful or desirable as a complement to the typical guided interaction of adventure games. For this experiment we are using a small version of the game using OpenSim, developed with the help of 3DLES.

"Quick start guide to virtual worlds" by 3DLES

“Quick start guide to virtual worlds” by 3DLES

David (Martín-Moncunill) was in the Alcalingua centre to introduce the OpenSIM platform and interfaces to more than 25 Erasmus students, coming from several countries – such as Brazil, Russia, Turkey, England, Italy or Germany – and with different Spanish speaking levels; and explain the concept of the SLRoute game and its game mechanics, aiming to get initial data on the perception of the participants and their preferences.

Introducing SLRoute

David, introducing SLRoute to the students

David gave a short talk about OpenSIM and similar platforms and explained the SLRoute concept and historical context. Then, the students filled a questionnaire to get information on their previous computer experience and basic demographic data, and on their pre-established ideas about the kind of interactions with other human players (PCs) and non human players (NPCs) allowed and the degree of free play that they would expect or desire to have.

The results of this questionnaire are going to be used in the rest of the research process. We will keep you informed 😉 .

Organic.Lingua, projects, workshops

Organic.Lingua final Workshop in Rome

The final Workshop of the Organic.Lingua project, took place on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at the premises of  (CAE) in Rome, Italy.  The event was co-organized by the Organic.Lingua project partners Agro-Know Technologies and University of Alcalá (UAH) and collocated with the Herbal.Mednet 3rd project meeting.

A nice skate park at the entrance of  Città dell’Altra Economia

A nice skate park at the entrance of Città dell’Altra Economia

Salvador, Enayat and David attended the workshop, which was entitled “Using multilingual technologies in web portals – Challenges & Promises since it was focused in the multilingual outcomes of the project and how to enhance their reusability. The workshop started with the following presentations:

  • Multilingual information services in the area of agricultural data : the use case of AGRIS (Keynote Speech):Fabrizio Celli (FAO)
  • Applying language technologies in agricultural online services: The case of Organic.Edunet: Salvador Sanchez-Alonso (UAH)
  • Managing multilingual vocabularies and ontologies: Mauro Dragoni  (FBK)
  • A multilingual framework for transforming online services to truly multilingual: Giannis Stoitsis (UAH)
Salvador, during its presentation at Organic.Lingua final Workshop

Salvador, during its presentation at Organic.Lingua final Workshop

At the end of every presentation the audience was able to formulate questions and considerations regarding the future of the project and how to reuse its outcomes. After a coffee break, the event continued with two focus groups, one to discuss about technical challenges and the other one to deal with user-oriented issues.

Participants at the technical focus group.

Participants at the technical focus group.

The event closed with a networking session in the form of a round-table discussion, which provided the opportunity to the participants to discuss on potential opportunities arising from Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility.

At "Da Enzo al 29". Great place!

“Da Enzo al 29”, an amazing place!

An italo-spanish-iranian group (i.e. all IE members present in the workshop plus Victor Gonzalvez and Ana Lladosa from SEAE plus Luis and Barbara from AIAB) ended this fruitful day at “Da Enzo al 29” a great Trattoria, that we highly recommend! It’s good to know that almost everything is set up and ready for the next stop of Organic.Lingua project, the final review.


Organic.Lingua Pilot & Usability trials in Birmingham

Organic.Lingua pilot trials have just started! This kind of events are a great opportunity to extract valuable information about the renewed Organic.Edunet portal from the usability point of view and we are doing our best to do so. That’s why IE researcher, David Martín-Moncunill was in Birmingham last week, to attend and drive the pilot trials organized by the Birmingham City University.

Arriving to Birmingham City University from the train station.

Arriving to Birmingham City University from the train station.

The event started with a welcome speech and introduction to the portal by Katharine Fuller, whom was hosting the event. Then all participants filled up a profile questionnaire. The information in these questionnaires was useful to select most suitable participants for each kind of trial; while David and Katherine were deciding, the participants enjoyed a really nice coffee (and English tea) break.

Katharine, introducing Organic.Lingua portal & project.

Katharine, introducing Organic.Lingua portal & project.

According to the questionnaires, participants were asked to join thinking aloud or interview sessions. David conducted the thinking aloud sessions and Katharine did the same with the interviews.

Screencapture: starting a thinking aloud session - you can see half of David face there!.

Screen capture: starting a thinking aloud session (you can see half of David face there!)

After all -usability and interview- sessions were finished 7 users were asked to participate in a focus group to collect more qualitative information about these 3 topics:

1)  General aspects of the portal.

2) Navigational Interface.

3) Understanding “Organic-Lingua” languages.

We collected lots of valuable information which will be really useful to guide the future development of the portal. Thanks to BCU for hosting!

meetings, projects

6th VOA3R project meeting in Limassol

Last week, from 15th to 18th October, we were attending the 6th VOA3R project meeting in Limassol (Cyprus). University of Alcalá is the project coordinator as well as the WP4 “Platform design and integration” leader.

Group photo. 6th VOA3R Consortium Meeting in Limassol (Cyprus)

Group photo. 6th VOA3R Consortium Meeting in Limassol (Cyprus)

Miguel and David presented the last changes in VOA3R’s platform according to pilot trials and usability testing information and make and in depth review of project status to put everything on to the rails for the final project review.

A nice view of Limassol Mediterranean Beach Hotel

A nice view of Limassol Mediterranean Beach Hotel

It was a very fruitful meeting closed with an open access workshop which took place during Thursday 18th . We want to thank George Adamides from Agricultural Research Institute of Cyprus for his hospitality and the fantastic organization of the meeting, and all the consortium partners for the great work they are doing.