The JuxtaLearn project aims to stimulate student curiosity in science and technology through creative film making and editing activities. The creation, sharing and social engagement around videos exploring threshold concepts, that are their own personal barriers to understanding, will facilitate student creative inspiration and further conceptual insight and understanding. Students will, for example, be supported in instigating reflective decisions on what to film, how to film it and what and where to edit. Public displays will enable sharing and commenting of these performances thus encouraging public curiosity and a ‘buzz’ around specific complex concepts.

The project is funded by the European Commission and involves the following international partners: The Open University (UK), Linnaeus University (SWE), Rhein-Ruhr Institute (GER), University of Birmingham (UK), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (SPN), Universidade do Minho (POR), CatcherMedia (UK).

At University of Minho, the research contributions will be focused on the use of public displays as a mean to further extend the use of the videos to the public space, generating additional feedback and promote learning in other contexts. The team at University of Minho combines experts on public displays, education and communication. The main contributions will be as follows:

  • Study the ethic aspects that surround the use of the intended public displays on schools
  • Establish protocols with schools to place the public networked display prototypes
  • Explore requirements associated with the use of videos in education and particularly for public presentation and interaction in a way that may serve the proposed learning goals
  • Develop prototypes of interactive digital public displays that enable video sharing and interaction in public spaces in a way that feeds into the Juxtalearn processes.

Starting date: 01/10/2012
End date: 30/09/2015 (36 months)

Grant and Budget
Grant agreement no: 317964
Project Budget: 2,642,482€
UMinho Budget: 157,976 €

Project Team

Rui José (rui@dsi.uminho.pt)
Rui José is an assistant professor at the University of Minho, in Portugal, where he leads the Ubicomp research group. Rui José received his PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University in 2001. His research interests are in ubiquitous systems in general and particularly on the design and development of ubiquitous information services that are situated within particular physical and social settings. In recent years, he has been focusing on public digital displays and how they can be transformed into a new open communication medium for public and semi-public spaces. He has been PI or co-PI in multiple international research projects (FP7, Portugal/CMU partnership) and also national projects (QREN, FCT).

Clara Coutinho (ccoutinho@ie.uminho.pt)
Clara Coutinho is Professor at the Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology at the Institute of Education, Minho University, Braga, Portugal. She teaches Educational Technology and Research Methods in master and doctoral education programs and is the director of the Master in Music Teaching. She has a wide experience in the design of ICT teacher education programs and in the evaluation of the impact of integrating technological innovations in basic and secondary schools. Her previous experience also includes research in the areas of Web 2.0 educational uses and affordances and participation in several projects on e-learning, multimedia technologies in education and digital storytelling. She currently develops research on the design and evaluation of hybrid learning materials and has published widely in prestigious journals and conference proceedings.

José Alberto Lencastre (jlencastre@ie.uminho.pt)
José Alberto Lencastre is Assistant Professor (Visiting Professor) at University of Minho, Portugal. He works in Education Sciences in the field of Educational Technology. His research interests include e-Learning, teaching and learning through the Web, ICT in teachers training, teaching resources and usability. He is author and editor of books about e-Learning and blended learning. He is responsible for the e-Brigdes: Building (e-)Learning Bridges project, a Grundtvig Learning Parnership (Project reference: 2012-1-PT1-GRU06-12160 1. Funding: National Agency for Lifelong Learning Programme)

Nelson Zagalo (nzagalo@gmail.com)
Nelson Zagalo is Assistant Professor at the University of Minho (UM). He received his PhD on Sciences and Communication Technology from the University of Aveiro on new interaction paradigms in virtual environments. His main research interests are the creative technologies to support affective communication and storytelling in digital environments. He is director of the Master on Interactive Media and co-chairs the research group engageLab. He has more than fifty peer-reviewed publications in the fields of videogames, film studies, interactive storytelling and emotion and has participated as PI and TM of various international and national funded research projects. He is author of the book “Interactive Emotions, from Film to Videogames” (2009) and editor of the book “Virtual Worlds and Metaverse Platforms: New Communication and Identity Paradigms” (2011).

Main project Website
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