On 1 October 2015 an international PCP call for tenders was published at TED database (online version of the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union dedicated to European public procurement).
The invitation to tender and the necessary annexes are available for download here.
This call aimed to acquire research and development services of educational ICT based solutions to support personalized learning environments in both primary and lower secondary levels with strong focus on the STEM subjects.
The PCP process will be executed in three phases: solution design exploration, prototype development and proof of concept (original development of limited test series) for the provision of R&D services. It must be noticed that the original development of a limited volume of first products or services might include limited production or supply in order to incorporate the results of field testing and to demonstrate that the outcome is suitable for large production or supply in acceptable quality standards. However, the provision of R&D services will never include the commercial development activities such as quantity production, supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs, integration, customisation, incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes.
- Phase 1: Solution Design
380 000 EUR (up to 8 suppliers funded, duration of 3 months)
- Phase 2: Prototype Development
1 520 000 EUR (up to 4 suppliers funded, duration of 6 months)
- Phase 3: Pre-Commercial small scale product/service development
1 900 000 EUR (up to 2 suppliers funded, duration of 7 months)Test series: for phase 3, competitors will have to bear in mind the need of testing the prototypes in real scenarios in schools located in Halmstad (Sweden), Magdeburg (Germany), Konnevesi (Finland) and Viladecans (Spain).
IMAILE PCP Process
The IMAILE challenge
Today there are many great ICT products, apps and services on the market to suppsort e- learning in the European classroom. Few of them however are developed in a customised way with the true pedagogical needs of our schools (end users) in focus and fall short of supporting the implementation of creative learning and innovative teaching.
Increasing demand of personalised learning where new technology should support schools and teachers in an innovative and creative way.
Suppliers were asked to provide innovative solutions for the next generation of PLE’s (personal learning environment) that address students in primary and secondary school in the topics of Science, Math and Technology (STEM) and that support different learning styles.
Expected solutions should:
- Support all students to reach their goals in a personalized way.
- Create more 1 to 1 meetings between teacher and student in the classroom.
- Reduce teachers planning hours.
- Increase students’ motivation to learn STEM.
- Create a real shift from teacher centered learning to student centered learning ( research shows that lessons in math and science still is mostly teacher-centered, with few opportunities for the students to have influence on their own learning and using digital tool).
- Be applicable to all devices (responsive design for computers, mobile phones, tablets…), our PLE solution should be a tool that can be easily used from the students’ personal devices as well.
- Be applicable to all learning styles according to the Learning and Teaching Styles (Felder & Silverman, 1988, revised in 2002): active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal and sequential/global.
- Provide students with a personalised formative feedback and scaffolding, based on their learning paths, needs and styles.
- Reduce the numbers of early drop outs in a long term perspective