Selection of relevant past/present ULTRALAB projects
Learning in the New Millennium (LiNM) (1993 - ongoing)

Sponsor Nortel Networks
Description: long term research project connecting children aged 7 to 18 years with engineers and scientists to discuss all issues. Currently investigating mobile IP.
Main finding: individual identities matter, bandwidth needs to be symmetrical.

Schools OnLine (1995 - 1997)
Sponsor DTI
Description: Children aged 7 to 18 and their teachers in 69 schools connected to curriculum experts
Main finding: learning can take place in an online context. The need for participation, not simply interaction was established

Tesco SchoolNet 2000 (1998 - 2000)
Sponsor Tesco
Description: Children of all ages in 12,300 schools in the UK
Main finding: a sense of audience for work is essential. A feeling of community can develop among large numbers (139,000 children)

ChestNet (1996 - ongoing )
Sponsor Whipps Cross Hospital
Description: Registrars connected to continue discussion started at monthly meetings and upgrade their skills remotely
Main finding: there is a wide need for online learning communities throughout all populations

OnLine Learning Network (1997 - 1998)
Sponsor IPPR
Description: University for Industry initiative connecting Learning Professionals
Main finding: We increased our insight into the barriers and benefits for adults participating in online learning communities, and discovered that we need to support professionals to be self-directed.

think.com (1999 - 2001)
Sponsor Oracle
Description: to develop a set of online learning community tools to allow people to build their own learning communities.
Main finding: confirmed the need for sensitive and intensive facilitation and that good interfaces are complex to build for a global community.

Intercollege (1999 - ongoing)
Sponsor Local area health trusts, GP fundholders, pharmacists, social services and hospitals
Description: to extend the principles established in NetSprite into all areas of the Health Service in Essex
Main finding: participants need to explicitly learn the skills of collaboration and self directed learning
URL research.ultralab.anglia.ac.uk

Talking Heads (2000 - 2002)
Sponsor DfEE
Description: Talking Heads is a pilot project for the Virtual College of School Leadership, researching how best to generate online communities of practise for new heads of schools.
Main finding: Experts and policy makers in the Hotseat are learning from the front line by engaging in frank discussions with experienced practitioners on crucial educational issues. We will also learn how to extend and sustain the welcoming and personalised character of the communities and to optimise the effectiveness of the extensive knowledge base being generated by the participants.

notschool.net (2000 - 2001)
Sponsor DfEE
Description: an experimental virtual school for children who are excluded from the education system
Main finding: research ongoing

eTui(1998 - 2000)
Sponsor i3
Description: a project looking at the potential for encouraging metcognitive learning awareness in young children by developing an intellgent toy
Main finding: research ongoing


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