• Adaptive Persuasive ICT Tools to Tackle School Burnout Among Youngsters in Brussels
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  • A EUFEDER 2014-2020 project
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About the TICKLE research project

The TICKLE research project is made possible with the support of:

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What is TICKLE

TICKLE is an interdisciplinary research project of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel focused on the development of persuasive ICT tools for dealing with the problem of school burnouts.

Persuasive and location-based technologies against school burnout

TICKLE aims to exploit the benefits of Web 2.0 and Mobile technologies in combination with persuasive and location-based technologies to blur formal and informal learning activities. This way, the research team hopes to increase youngsters’ engagement and motivation to become lifelong learners. By doing so, TICKLE will contribute to reducing the risk of school burnout, and ultimately school dropout itself.

Computer science and educational sciences

The department of Computer Science and the department of Educational Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will join forces to develop of a range of innovative ICT tools to stimulate youngsters’ interest to learn. The tools will be accompanied by: an adaptive delivery functionality that allows for a personalized delivery of content and activities on mobile devices; an authoring environment to allow supervisors to manage and schedule personalized learning activities for youngsters; a learning analytics module to gather learning data for monitoring and evaluating the learner’s behavior and automatically tailoring the delivery of content and activities to the youngster’s behavior.

Our mission and vision

TICKLE aims to develop a range of innovative tools to stimulate youngsters’ interest to learn and to study if and how these tools help to reduce school dropout.

Mobile devices

Take advantage of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, , which are widely spread and immensely popular among youngsters.

Web 2.0 media

Build on the popularity of social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, etc. which inspire millions of youngsters to share content every day.

Interest-driven learning

Apply a student-centered approach for providing content and activities that tickle youngsters’ intrinsic motivation to explore and learn new things.

Lifelong learning

Providing a cost-effective and sustainable solution for inspiring at-risk students to become lifelong learners and reducing school dropouts.

Our Milestones

Overview of the important milestones of the TICKLE project.

Some of our Deliverables

Publications and Press

Overview of our publications and press releases.

Report D3: Literature study on Persuasive Techniques and Technology.

The main goal of the Tickle project is…

Report D2: State-of-the-art on Early School Leaving and Dropouts

In order to address the problem of school…

Report D1: State-of-the-art on media use in Belgium, Flanders & Belgium 2016

In this state-of-the-art report we provide an overview…

Upcoming Events

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First Advisory Board Meeting

First Advisory Board Meeting

VUB Brussels Building B, Boulevard de la Plaine 2, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
13 Dec 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Responsible Team

Overview of the members participating in the research project.

Become our Partner

Please contact project promotor prof. Olga De Troyer Olga.DeTroyer@vub.ac.be

Latest News

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