WEKIT presents at the ORPHEE Alpine Rendez-Vous 2017

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The WEKIT project was present at the ORPHEE Alpine Rendez-Vous in Font Romeu, France, on February 1, 2017. Fridolin Wild, the scientific coordinator from the Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) of Oxford Brookes University and Ralf Klamma, the community  manager from the Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS) group at RWTH Aachen University, were asked to participate in the meeting as European experts in the field of technology enhanced learning. The participants worked on grand challenges in TEL the other days. In his presentation, Mike Sharples, from the Open University of the UK, put the grand challenges in an European and international context. He presented a lot of reports, mainly from US or UK institutions about the challenges in TEL. Fridolin Wild, an expert in the fabrication of grand challenges from the STELLAR days reflected on the challenges. His presentation was about our joint WEKIT project on augmented reality and wearable technology industrial training. The WEKIT project has reached its second year and we are starting to develop our technology platform to support technology developers and training providers in AR and WELL (wearable enhanced learning). Ralf Klamma presented the legacy of European funded projects from a social network perspective. He explained the progression of project consortia over time and calculated the impact of projects for the invested money. Some of the assets produced in former projects is now used in the WEKIT project, for example the Requirements Bazaar.

After the presentations there were two panels. The first was to give feedback on the grand challenges and the second was to explore future funding opportunities. Here is a challenge, too, since the according EU unit has announced that there will be no TEL specific H2020 call in 2017. The 66 people in the audience were very interested in augmented reality training as conversations after the panels indicated. The Orphée network has created a mailing list for further interaction and we are happy to share our knowledge with our French colleagues.

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