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TERENCE is a three year long project for the design and development of the first Adaptive Learning System (ALS) for poor comprehenders, hearing and deaf, and for their educators. TERENCE aims at offering innovative usability and evaluation guidelines, pedagogical models, AI technologies, and an ALS for reasoning about stories, in Italian and in English.
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TERENCE project presentation
 

TERENCE is a three year long project dedicated to the design and development of the first Adaptive Learning System (ALS) for poor comprehenders, hearing and deaf, and for their educators. This tool aims to help educators in their daily work with 7-11 years old children who have profound text comprehension problems. Besides learners and educators, that are its primary end users, the system is also being developed for experts in the consortium, like linguists, logicians or psychologists.
 

TERENCE aims at employing stories for poor comprehenders as reading material, and tackling specific high-level cognitive text processing skills through adequate smart games for reasoning about stories. More precisely, the system's smart games, developed and classified according to specific pedagogical models, will stimulate children to reason about the events of stories, written both in Italian and English.
The guidelines, the models developed, as well as the entire learning system will result from a  cross—disciplinary effort undertaken in various and complementary fields of activity (art and design, computers, engineering, linguistics and medicine), while continuously involving also the project’s end-users- both children with hearing difficulties and their educators from schools in Brighton(UK) and Veneto region (Italy). Moreover, the system will allow teachers to choose and custom-tailor the types of stories and games according to the needs of their learners.

In conclusion, TERENCE aims at offering innovative usability and evaluation guidelines, pedagogical models, AI technologies, and an ALS for reasoning about stories, in Italian and in English. 
 

The project, carried out in partnership by organizations from eight countries in Europe is coordinated by the University of Aquila in Italy, and partners AMNIN, Slovenia, the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, the Centre for Biomedicine, Intelligent Systems, Educational, Technology, Spain, the FBK Research Centre, Italy, the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy,the L3S Research Centre, Hannover, Germany, Moholy-Nagy University in Budapest, Hungary, the University of Padova, Italy, SIVECO Romania, the University of Sussex, Great Britain, the University of Verona, Italy.

The project has been launched on October 1st, 2010, having an implementation period of 36 months. 

Project full title: An adaptative learning system for reasoning about stories with poor comprehenders and their educators

Project acronym: TERENCE
Project Identifier: FP7-ICT-2009-5
Project Start date:01/10/2010
Duration in months: 36
Total project cost: 2,730,828.00
European Commission funding: 2,100,000.00