NEWTON is a large scale European-funded international project which involves 14 partners from 7 countries and is funded under Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (2016 – 2019).

NEWTON develops, integrates and disseminates innovative technology-enhanced learning (TEL) methods and tools, to create new or inter-connect existing state-of-the-art teaching labs and to build a pan-European learning network platform that supports fast dissemination of learning content to a wide audience in a ubiquitous manner. NEWTON focuses on employing novel technologies in order to increase learner quality of experience, improve learning process and increase learning outcome.

The NEWTON project goals are to:

  • develop and deploy a set of new TEL mechanisms involving multi-modal and multi-sensorial media distribution.
  • develop, integrate, deploy and disseminate state of the art technology-enhanced teaching methodologies including augmented reality, gamification and self-directed learning addressed to users from secondary and vocational schools, third level and further education, including students with physical disabilities.
  • build a large platform that links all stakeholders in education, enables content reuse, supports the generation of new content, increases content exchange in diverse forms, develops and disseminates new teaching scenarios, and encourages new innovative businesses
  • perform personalisation and adaptation for content, delivery and presentation in order to increase learner quality of experience and to improve learning process, and validate the platform impact and the effectiveness of the teaching scenarios in terms of user satisfaction, improvement of the learning and teaching experience, etc. and the underlying technology through an European-wide real-life pilot

Newton at NCI

 National College of Ireland is a partner for the NEWTON project and aims to:

  • contribute with innovative learning pedagogical methods that make use of technology when teaching STEM subjects in secondary schools and 3rd level education institutions.
  • research innovative multi-sensorial media (mulsemedia) content delivery solutions that make use of olfactory, gustatory, tactile, and thermoceptive sensations, and how these can be employed for learner benefit.
  • design and build User Models that support content personalisation and adaptation.
  • assess the learning performance and learner satisfaction as result of applying various pedagogical methods.

Novel concepts emerging from the performed research are validated experimentally by integrating them into the teaching and learning process of a number of subjects delivered in 3rd level educational institutions as well as secondary schools.

National College of Ireland is leading Work package 4 of the NEWTON project that has the following objectives:

  • to identify and investigate innovative pedagogical methods that can be used to teach STEM subjects
  • to propose a suite of teaching solutions that make use of technology enhanced teaching and learning approaches
  • to define a link between virtual labs (WP2) and the proposed pedagogical methods
  • technology-enhanced teaching and learning approaches that use:
    • augmented reality
    • gamification-based learning
    • self-directed learning and teaching methods

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 688503.

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