Pushing the boundaries in Technology Enhanced Learning for pupils with autism

The ESRC funded Shaping the future of technology use in the classroom  project, also known as the SHAPE project, has now recently been completed with promising findings. Dr Karen Guldberg comments on the impact of the project:

This project pioneered a novel approach to knowledge co-creation through digital story creation, leading to new conceptualisations of evidence based practice and participatory research. By exploring innovative ways of working with technologies and with practitioners, we gained insights into how different technologies can be embedded in real classroom contexts and utilised by teachers. 

The Shape project has had further scientific impacts in that it also led to further funding from EPSRC for the Share-It project, which has in turn led to a bid to the Technology Strategy Board. The Share-It project systematically investigated how personal and mobile devices can be used individually and together to create a scalable intelligent learning environment for children with autism. Shape has also directly informed the methodologies of other projects, influencing the participatory design approach of the EU Tardis project and the planned methodology of the TESSA project (IoE). Karen Guldberg is currently in discussion with a number of colleagues regarding extension of research into Technology Enhanced Learning. This includes dialogue with colleagues in the US to conduct further work in investigating the activities and uses of the NAO robot in therapy and education.