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Intellectual Output - 3 App Development

This Intellectual Output consists in the development of an app suitable for the incidental learning of languages and cultures.

It will be developed in four linguistic versions: Italian, Finnish, Polish and Portuguese. It will be a web app, built in standard technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and standard scripting languages. This choice is based on three main reasons: i) the app will be intrinsically multiplatform, while a native app would require different versions; ii) the app will be easier to correct and update iii) the app will be more accessible (i.e. used by people with disabilities). Moreover, ILOCALAPP will be designed and developed on the basis of the state of the art in interaction design.

In order to integrate the micro-learning activities into the E-LOCAL context, a loose tracking mechanism will be defined and developed. These will be exploited with the aim of tracking users in their main learning activities and progress. A module to support contextual delivery of content will be developed, in order to provide users with learning contents which relate subject matter to real world situations. The app will take into account users’ activities, position, and other contextual elements in their real life. This Contextual Delivery Module will be mainly based on web app technologies and completely integrated to the app interface.

The app will deliver multimedia contents (e.g. audio, video, animation). A third part will be involved, with the aim of designing and developing the graphical interface, the customised avatars, the multimedia animations and other multimedia interactive objects. All these elements will enrich the Web app, making it more interactive, more usable, and even more fascinating and effective.

The Web app, together with the multimedia content, will be localised to be used in the four countries, which will host the test phase. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DISI) of the University of Bologna will be in charge of the technological implementation of the APP for all the 4 languages.

The app final release will be made available through a content authoring pipeline, organised in 3 steps which will go on in parallel for the 4 languages:

A. Content design (made by language and culture experts of all partner institutions)
B. Multimedia design (made by DISI)
C. Integration of content in the Web app (made by DISI)

To optimise such steps, the content of the project will be separately produced in 4 parts, which will be scheduled in parallel as follows:

Part 1: step A, months 14-16; steps B and C 16-18.
Part 2: step A, months 16-18; steps B and C, months 19-21.
Part 3: step A, months 19-21; steps B and C, months 22-24.
Part 4: step A, months 22-24; steps B and C, month 25-27.

A piloting phase for tool evaluation and a revision phase are also part of this Intellectual Output. They will lead to the delivery of the final product. The piloting phase consists in specific testing activities carried out by a group of selected students, who will be provided with the tool and will be asked to use it for a defined period of their mobility experience. They will be also asked to provide specific feedback on the tool which will be used to improve the product. After the piloting phase, all the required adjustments will be carried out both from a content-viewpoint and from the technological side. At the end of this revision phase, the finalised product will be delivered.