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The application of Multiple Intelligences theory to increase the effectiveness of e-learning, recruitment practices and Internet search engines

E-learning has changed the way people learn dramatically (this concerns both vocational and educational training), however it seems that content developers and software vendors continue to ignore arising problems – a considerable higher drop-out rate, lover effectivenes and satisfaction in case of e-learning programs compared to traditional ones. According to the needs analysis, these problems result from lack of user centric, personalized approach.

The project's main goal is to overcome these problems, which are seen by many researchers as major e-learning weaknesses. This objective can be accomplished due to a shift from technology to learner oriented solutions and the focus on human potential and abilities. This shift requires a psychological approach, where Multiple Intelligences theory (MI) developed by Howard Gardner (professor of education at Harvard University) can be a good start point, since this theory has been used successfully in traditional education. MI theory will be supplemented with other approaches that consider the influence of age, gender, culture education background, IT literacy, etc. on preferred training.

Outcomes of the project will include:

The main project result is a model for efficient and cost-effective MI theory application in e-learning. This model will be put into practice within the course of the project for evaluation purposes. Another important result will be a model for transferring the application of MI theory into other areas.

project coordination 
cooperation partners 
Sebastian Filek, National Louis University, Nowy Sacz, Poland 
Bartosz Pomianek, University of Information Technology and Management, Rzeszow, Poland 
Friedrich Scheuermann, Klaus Reich, Institute for Future Studies, Innsbruck, Austria 
Dr. Mario Barajas Frutos, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 
Kathy Kikis-Papadakis, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Heraklion, Crete 
Robert Freund,, Burgwald, Germany 
Gemeinschaftliches Aktionsprogramm in der Berufsbildung – Leonardo da Vinci; Referenznummer: PL/04/B/F/PP-174 458 
projects homepage 
running (November 2004-2006)