European Community €2.4M H2020 bid submitted

The CT4L group have responded to the ICT 22 'Technology and Learning' call for proposals

After winning an Enterprise Ireland Coordinator's grant, a consortium of partners from Ireland, the Czech Republic, UK, Germany and Spain was formed and has collaborated on this bid coordinated by the CT4L group. The proposed project was called REACT - Research in Education and Computational Thinking - and asked for €2,397,225.00!

This was the summary of objectives:

REACT addresses the topic ICT-22-2016: Technologies for Learning and Skills, Part B, Research and Innovation Action. The project creates break-through technologies for learning in the form of a novel online platform for curriculum mapping in the emerging domain of Computational Thinking. Computational Thinking refers to the transversal competencies and problem-solving skills founded in the discipline and practices of Computer Science.

‘The idea of Computational Thinking as an ability, a skillset, that every child should possess has emerged since 2006 and has been gaining attention and importance ever since.’  ’Research on the integration of Computational Thinking in education is still scarce. In particular there is a need to study how CT can be developed in students in disciplines other than Computer Science.’

(Voogt et al. 2015)

The online platform will provide an evidence-based framework in the form of a curriculum map for Computational Thinking education, which may be interactively queried, visualised and linked to live by new applications. Its use will be illustrated with integrated model tools for learners, schemes of work and assessments and design guidelines for its exploitation.

REACT will impact European society and industry through targeting stakeholders involved in developing or delivering Computational Thinking education, including:

  • Educators developing courses to teach Computational Thinking;
  • E-learning developers creating online resources for learning Computational Thinking;
  • Entrepreneurs creating new start-ups to educate a wide range of learners in Computational Thinking.

Learners self-directing their own study will benefit from the self-assessment and learning materials for Computational Thinking.

Policy makers and academic researchers will benefit in formulating strategy and in further research building on the foundational research of REACT.

The REACT consortium brings together in a new partnership, cutting-edge knowledge from the learning technology industry and the scientific expertise of academic research in Computing and Education.