Technology to teach tolerance
International researchers from Germany, the United Kingdom, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Japan are meeting at Jacobs University to discuss the newest developments within their interdisciplinary, EU-financed project entitled “eCUTE” - Education in Cultural Understanding, Technologically-Enhanced from June 20 to 22.June 18, 2012
In today’s globalized world, many cultural, ethnic, and religious groups have to live and work together. As cultural differences not always remain free from social stress, the eCUTE project focuses on education in cultural sensitivity as well as understanding. In this context, 19 scientists envolved in the project, will be participating in the workshop organized by Jacobs University, to discuss innovative technology-enhanced learning approaches in cultural awareness and understanding as well as the progress of the project. The newly developed learning approaches will be implemented in the form of a learning platform that simulates a virtual world, in which intelligent graphics characters embody models of culture-specific behavior and interaction.
“As the issue of intercultural experiences is so central to Jacobs University, it is clear why we would be very excited about such a project that links cutting edge information and communication technology with improving intercultural sensitivity for children and young adults. I am convinced that improving relations between people of different origins and backgrounds requires many different strategies and we have not yet grasped the possibilities that modern technology can offer to augment human to human communication,” says Arvid Kappas, Professor of Psychology at Jacobs University.
The 3-day international meeting is organized by Arvid Kappas and his research team.
eCUTE is funded under the seventh framework program of the EU with 2.4 million Euros.
For more information please visit the eCUTE homepage: www.ecute.eu
When: June 20-22, 2012
Where: Jacobs University Bremen, Campus Ring 1, 28759 Bremen
Author: Jacobs University