The Laboratory of Learning Technology and Educational Engineering (LTEE), is a Research and Development laboratory at the School of Humanities, University of the Aegean , located in the island of Rhodes in Greece. The Laboratory of Learning Technology and Educational Engineering (LTEE lab) was founded in 2000 The Laboratory focuses on Learning Technology (development and exploitation of technological learning environment) and on Instructional Engineering (development, adaptating and evaluation of learning programmes).

LTEE laboratory supports academic research and teaching needs in the field of educational applications of Information and Communication Technologies as well as in Mathematics and Science Education. The scope of LTEE laboratory is a significant contribution on Learning Technology (design of technology-based learning environments) as well as on Educational Engineering (development, production and evaluation of educational activities and educational programs). The laboratory establishment was based on the consideration that: the scientific field of designing, developing and exploiting Learning Technology is an interdisciplinary field, in which the fields of Cognitive Psychology and Didactics of Disciplines play an essential role along with those of Artificial Intelligence, ICTs sciences and Human Computer Interaction. The field of Instructional Engineering offers the theoretical and methodological instruments that allow for thorough examination of the effects of the new learning environments in an educational system, while at the same time it provides information that could guide the process of determing/identifing applications that are suitable for different age-groups (from pre-school education, to university level education and vocation education).


The scientific orientation of LTEE Lab

Learning Technology constitutes a modern interdisciplinary field, which focuses on the research towards the directions of the development and exploitation of new learning environments that are based on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications.

According to Yves Chevallard who first coined the term (Ingenierie Didactique), Instructional Engineering comprises “the set of tasks aiming at the development and the realization of Educational Programmes”, that is the set of observation techniques, as well as of techniques for determining the educational variables and for decision making in real conditions/situations. Numerous studies are published every year in the aforementioned area, focusing mainly on the elaboration of theoretical design models, development and evaluation of educational conditions in the areas of Mathematics and Science Education.

The research on Didactics of Science pays special attention to the “the special characteristics/elements of the Learning Environment”, the “Situations” through which the functional value of knowledge is yielded, the “Didactic Contract” which determines the interactivity among teachers and pupils as well as the “cognitive difficulties” that pupils encounter. One of the distinct characteristics of Instructional Engineering when compared to other research areas is the epistemological dimension of its main problem analysis area that takes into consideration the special characteristics of the involved knowledge.

Despite the fact that research on both the areas of Technological Learning Εnvironments Development and of Instructional Engineering has been around for about 30 years, it had not shown a steady consistent development until the last decade.

The scientific area of the Design, the Development and the Educational Exploitation of Learning Technology is a field, in which the branches of Instructional and Cognitive Psychology play an essential role (along with those of Artificial Intelligence and Information Technologies and Communication systems).


Research areas

The laboratory develops projects in all education cycles which are related to the following research areas:

  • Teaching Mathematics and Applications
  • In service Teacher Training
  • Evaluation (making instructional decisions)
  • Design of Teaching Material
  • Analysis of communication models in mathematics education
  • Teaching Science and Applications
  • Research in Constructing Representations of Science Concepts in Early Childhood
  • Functional integration of representations in the Curricula of traditional and new, flexible educational programs
  • Teacher Training of the whole education cycle and evaluation of educational programs
  • Educational Applications of Information Technologies and Communication.

Research (basic and applied) is about a wide range of applications (modeling systems, simulation systems, virtual reality, hypermedia, multimedia, robotics, intelligent systems, communication systems with collaborative activities through the Internet) directed at a wide range of target populations, from students (primary school, middle school and high school) to undergraduates and adults.

Specifically, the research focuses on:

  • Design of educational applications of information and communication technologies (research and methodology for standards specification, depending on the type, the target group and the involved discipline)
  • Methodologies on Application Development (the different characteristics of applications require different methodological approaches)
  • Evaluation of educational applications (including criteria, standards and research on usability in educational practice)
  • Learning in new technological environments (Qualitative research on the impact of learning in communication interface (HCI), activities and the environment shaped by the educational use of Internet)
  • Development of educational activities in new technological environments (open technological environments, collaborative activities via the Internet)
  • Models of integration and utilization of new technologies in Education (studies of general educational policy, the influence of ICT in the curriculum, models of integration in specific disciplines)
  • Training in use of ICT (models and specifications, studies)
  • Curriculum development based on new learning environments
  • Flexible and Distance Learning Education (Methodology of Education, Teaching methods and educational tools for adults – undergraduate and graduate studies)
  • Communication models in education
  • Educational Use of Media