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What is GRAPPLE?

GRAPPLE is an EU FP7 STREP Project. GRAPPLE stands for "Generic Responsive Adaptive Personalized Learning Environment".

The GRAPPLE project aims at delivering to learners a technology-enhanced learning (TEL) environment that guides them through a life-long learning experience, automatically adapting to personal preferences, prior knowledge, skills and competences, learning goals and the personal or social context in which the learning takes place. The same TEL environment can be used/accessed at home, school, work or on the move (using mobile/handheld devices).

GRAPPLE will include authoring tools that enable educators to provide adaptive learning material to the learners, including adaptive interactive components (visualizations, simulations, virtual reality). Authoring includes creating or importing content, assigning or extracting meaning from that content, designing learning activities and defining pedagogical properties of and adaptation strategies for the content and activities.

To ensure the wide adoption of adaptation in TEL GRAPPLE will work with Open Source and commercial learning management system (LMS) developers to incorporate the generic GRAPPLE functionality in LMSs. Evaluation experiments in higher education and in industry will be performed to verify the usability of the GRAPPLE environment (for authoring and delivery) and to verify the benefits of using adaptive TEL for the learning outcome.

Apart from stimulating the use of adaptive TEL by making it available to every organization using a (popular) LMS the GRAPPLE consortium will also organize training/evaluation events to help higher education institutes and companies with the adaptive learning design needed to create adaptive learning material, and to receive usability feedback which the project will use to improve the user interfaces. A distributed user modeling service architecture will help end-users to stay in control of their user profile while at the same time allowing them to use the profile to get personalized access to learning applications offered through different LMSs by different organizations.

For more information please refer to the Grapple summary, which gives a summary of the project as well as summarizing the results of the first year of the project. For more in-depth details refer to the project's public deliverables, or the project's list of publications.

Who is in GRAPPLE?

The following partners are involved in the GRAPPLE-project.

Partner Name
Short Name
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven TUE The Netherlands 
Open Universiteit Nederland OUNL The Netherlands
L3S Research Center
(Leibniz Universität Hannover)
LUH  Germany 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
VUB    Belgium
University of Warwick WARWICK  United Kingdom 
Università della Svizzera Italiana USI  Switzerland 
Universität Graz
UniGraz Austria 
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz DFKI  Germany 
Trinity College Dublin  TCD  Ireland 
Université Catholique de Louvain UCL  Belgium 
University of Cambridge
UCAM  United Kingdom 
Giunti Labs S.R.L. GILABS Italy 
IMC Information Multimedia Communication AG IMC Germany 
ATOS Origin ATOS  Spain 
Technische Universiteit Delft
The Netherlands

When is GRAPPLE?

GRAPPLE is a three year project that ran from February 2008 until February 2011.



We organized a GRAPPLE public event on 24 January 2011 in Eindhoven. For slides refer to this news item. If you want more information please feel free to contact us!


How to contact GRAPPLE?

For information, comments or questions please send an e-mail to .