The EduTubePlus project aims to develop a European hybrid, multilingual video-based service for schools. This service will integrate thousands of multi-lingual curriculum-related video-clips by major European educational TV & video providers, with tools enabling educators to enrich the library with user-generated clips. The EduTubePlus service will enable users to develop, translate and share video-based learning scenarios and lessons, to search resources using terms related to their national curriculum and to use video in a pedagogically relevant manner in-class.
The EduTubePlus service will come about as a result of the effective adaptation, extension and integration of existing digital educational video resources and services, robust technical solutions, pedagogical knowledge, best practices and success stories.
An on-line, European multi-lingual video-clip library with 5.400 curriculum-related clips is being created by selecting, from existing educational resources provided by the project partners, core-concept video-clips suitable for in-class use, according to a well-defined video selection strategy.
The video-on-demand platform of France5/lesite.tv service is being extended to support user-generated video-clip uploading and manipulation, as well as efficient search mechanisms based on a multilingual ontology of curriculum related terms, enabling teachers and pupils navigate and find multicultural resources using terms related to their national curricula in their native language. The search capability of the service is being further enhanced by combining a graphical interface by RAI Educational used for organising and retrieving resources related to when and where the topics under discussion took place.
By integrating an on-line Learning Scenario Design tool within the system, teachers are encouraged to develop and share video-based learning scenarios and activities, using suggested customizable templates or modifying existing ones, based on a sound pedagogical framework for video-based active learning.
With the support of a Learning Content Management System linked to the EduTubePlus video-clip library (AeL LCMS), teachers will also be able to develop and share on-line lessons, combining all types of learning objects.
A translation service for the on-line translation and localisation of video-clip subtitles and learning scenarios further strengthens the EduTubePlus service.
The EduTubePlus service will be available at the http://www.edutubeplus.eu site. Within the context of the project more than 50 European schools will use and evaluate the service in real class conditions, creating an active educational community and providing valuable feedback.
This hybrid European video-based e-service is also in the process of developing new business models for the Educational TV and video market and the market of Internet based services for schools.
The EduTubePlus project is co-funded under the European eContentPlus programme which aims to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable. This 2.5 year long project started in September 2008 and will finish in February 2011.
The EduTubePlus consortium consists of 17 European organisations and companies: RA.CTI (GR, project coordinator), France5/Lesite.tv (FR), Hellenic Ministry of Education/Educational RadioTelevision (GR), UNED (ES), Companhia de Ideias Anonimas (PT), RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana/RAI Educational (IT), EDUCATION HIGHWAY (AT), EduCentrum (BE), Klett (DE), The University of HULL/Institute For Learning (UK), MENON Network (BE), SIVECO (RO), CEDETEL (ES), ATiT (BE), The University of Jyväskylä (FI), Fondazione Maddalena Di Canossa (IT), SZÁMALK (HU).
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