Researchers at ITEC conduct interdisciplinary research on the design, development, and evaluation of decision support tools in both formal and informal technology-enhanced learning environments (online courses, blended interactive and collaborative learning environments, games, video,…). In this domain, decision support entails providing the user (primarily the learner, but also the teacher, policy makers and other stakeholders) with personalised technologies that maximize opportunities for learning, such as automated feedback, textual enrichments (captions, annotations), or adaptive item sequencing. Building such systems demands (i) a thorough understanding of human learning and instructional design in specific domains (such as language learning), (ii) large data sets of learning behaviour, and (iii) advanced techniques for mining and interpreting the data.

This research focus requires strongly interdisciplinary collaboration between the disciplines of Psychology and educational sciences, computer sciences, and applied linguistics and is conducted in close collaboration with partners in industry and society. Researchers of ITEC who work in the domain of technology-enhanced learning are located in a cooperative structure at the Kulak campus of KU Leuven in Kortrijk (KU Leuven campus Kulak), supervised by a team of four professors.

ITEC is also an imec (formerly: iMinds) research team, Flanders’ world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. ITEC is the driving force behind imec’s smart Education programme, which focuses on the efficient use of educational technologies. It encompasses the development and testing of smart technologies (sensors, algorithms, adaptive learning platforms, etc.) that facilitate interaction and collaboration in the learning process and lay the foundation of tailor-made learning solutions. The smart education program rallies researchers from across imec – including research groups at KU Leuven, VUB and Ghent University.