Technologies for better human learning and teaching
Virgil wants to help European Countries to attract more and more international students. The target is the segment of those students who study “classics” all over the world and plan a semester/year abroad in order to improve their studies (The name of the Project “Virgil” of course is not an acronym, but an “antonomasia” in analogy to the great Latin Poet who took Dante by hand and led him along the paths of classical knowledge).
The general aim of Virgil is, therefore, to simplify and support study programmes in “classics” for extra-EU students in Europe, and incentivize a greater stream of Community students within the different UE Countries through a project which combines educational and logistic strategies with some specific advanced technologies: geo-localised mobile services, automatic translation systems and Augmented Reality technology.
Virgil is innovative because it uses technology to face the linguistic barrier, though it isn’t the unique problem which handicaps the flood of foreign students (but certainly one of the most considerable and common to many European countries). In addition, as regards to liberal arts and history of art, cities, architecture, monuments, buildings, artworks cannot be detached from the surroundings and the territory.
“On-site” study is a very precious resource for all those European artistic and cultural nations.
Virgil project offers a concrete solution to the problem of incentivizing the move of the students providing a service and tools able to give instant and easy access to historical, artistic and cultural heritage. Thanks to Virgil one does no longer need to speak Italian to add a semester in Italy on his or hers CV or to speak Greek to spend six-months-study in Athens. One does no longer need to participate in a foreign university academic programme, indeed, one can simply access the educational module consistent with the university which one comes from that can be planned by the same University, or developed by universities and teachers of the hosting nations in ones native language.
And thanks to the available applications, textbooks become the exploration of town, places, monuments, buildings and artworks.