Research – Projects to boost ICT skills and learning
The Commission is committed to ensuring that Europe’s citizens are equipped with the correct skills and competences to make full use of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Those who do not have the appropriate levels of digital literacy risk being excluded from the Information Society. In particular, the Commission is concerned that older people, those with disabilities and people from disadvantaged backgrounds or isolated communities could miss out, to the detriment of their domestic and working lives.
The Commission also wants to harness digital technologies to boost lifelong learning and eLearning for everyone, including people who have limited access to ICTs.
Examples of Commission-funded research projects that seek to raise eCompetences include the following:
Agent-Dysl: accommodative intelligent educational environments for dyslexic learners
This project is developing an Intelligent Assistive Reading System in a bid to help dyslexic children. The computer-based technology is being designed to listen to children read and also ‘see’ how they read before dynamically adapting document presentation to suit individual needs.
The project partners hope that their work will help to narrow the gap between good readers and those who are held back by their dyslexia.
EU4ALL: European Unified Approach for Accessible Lifelong Learning
The project is developing technical solutions to improve the way people access content and services for lifelong learning. In particular, it focuses on helping teachers and administrative staff provide accessible services to adult learners with a disability.