As part of the new cycle of scientific projects of the Croatian science foundation (Hrvatska zaklada za znanost HRZZ, in Croatian), a new project titled SCOLLAm has commenced. Its primary goal is the research of the use of tablet computers in Croatian primary schools. Starting from September 2014, researchers from the Faculty of electrical engineering and computing led by the principal investigator Prof. Ivica Boticki will collaborate with the Trnjanska primary school and work with the teachers on the innovative digital lessons design primarily aimed at tablet computers. Since the lessons will be deployed onto tablet computers, the project team uses the term „mobilizing the curriculum“ to describe such as approach. Examples of such usage include recognizing plants during field trips, learning parts of the world using the digital cartography and virtual and augmented reality etc.
The scientific research undertaken within the SCOLLAm project aims to affect the current teaching model used in Croatian primary schools, where the teachers serve as the center of knowledge, and learners are expected to follow them exclusively. In the today’s world of fast digital technology development and wide availability of web, children tend to use a diverse set of devices such as tablets, smartphones and other portable devices, and already possess the skills of exploring a wide array of information. This project leverages students’ motivation when using novel technologies and proposes new ways of learning and teaching which are also close to children.
Since Croatian students have less than average results on the international PISA tests, this project will be based on experiences gained in the ongoing collaboration with the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Since Singapore students are in the top of the PISA scale throughout last years, through this collaboration there will be a transfer of knowledge between Croatian and Singaporean teachers in the area of innovative technology use, teacher professional development and scaling of research outcomes onto multiple primary schools.
For Croatian scientists this kind of projects presents a possibility of conducting research potentially producing results recognizable on the regional, European and international level. This is especially the case when doctoral students at FER are concerned, but also affects the students of pregraduate and graduate levels who will be included into the various project phases. The project team also aims at commercializing the research results via cooperation with IT companies and other schools.
doc. dr. sc. Ivica Botički
Neven Drljević, dipl. ing.
Tomislav Jagušt, dipl. ing.
izv. prof. dr. sc. Nataša Hoić-Božić
Neven is a part-time PhD student at FER. As a part-time researcher in the SCOLLAm project, he focuses on augmented reality and its applications to mobile learning. In his day job, he is an European official, working as the Project Leader for Software Asset Management at the European Parliament.
Tomislav has a Master in Computing and works as a PhD student on the SCOLLAm project. He teaches courses related to the programming and software engineering, and does scientific research in the area of mobile learning, Linked Data and Semantic Web. He is also interested in wireless computer networks and ham radio. To the horror of his wife, Tomislav collects old (mechanical and electronic) computers and game consoles.
Natasa is a team member on the SCOLLAm project and an associate professor at the Department of Informatics, University of Rijeka. Her main research interests are in the fields of technology enhanced learning (e-learning), multimedia and hypermedia systems, and Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning.
doc. dr. sc. Igor Mekterović
dr. sc. Martina Holenko
prof. dr. sc. Vedran Mornar
Igor is a researcher on the SCOLLAm project and an assistant professor at the Faculty of electrical engineering and computing in Zagreb. He teaches basic courses in programming and software engineering as well as courses from the databases and data warehouses domain. His research interests are variegated and include the area of data warehousing and business intelligence, computer assisted learning, and the development of scientific software (bioinformatics, physics).
Martina is a team member in the SCOLLAm project. She works as a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Informatics, University of Rijeka. Her research interests include technology enhanced learning, mobile learning, recommender systems and Web 2.0.
Prof. Chee-Kit Looi, PhD
Mr. Peter Seow
Prof. Sergio Martin, PhD
Lung Hsiang Wong, PhD
Hyo Jeong So
Jelena Baksa, bacc. rač.
Petar Kovačević, bacc. rač.