The institute is devoted to developing the key common technology which has features of intellectual technology during the process of national education informatization, constructing the experimental system of smart learning environments, developing the theoretical system of smart learning and finding the solutions to the application. To form the practical model of smart learning which can be widely promoted, the institute, by developing and widely applying the intellectual technology, platform, resource and tools, will enhance the intellectual, self-adaptive, individualized learning of students, explore the new education model which can adapt to the needs of cultivating creative talents in the digital era and enhance the improvement of teaching efficiency as well as the quality of education.
The institute, within 3 to 5 years, will become a research and development center for the application of smart learning with appropriate scale and certain influence. By developing and applying the key common technology, products and standard in education informatization industry,the institute will push the deep integration of information technology and education.
Virtual Reality in EducationResearch on identities of students in virtual reality, reliable environments, interactive patterns of students-devices-environments and characteristics of cognitive processes. The design and assessment of VR classrooms, the design and application of instructional resources, the language learning in multiple users’ virtual environment (MUVE) and the models of teaching in VR environment are also the focus of this research.
Cloud Computing in EduccationResearch in the space will focus on exploring educational cloud based platforms, pedagogical research of cloud-based technologies, cloud computing engines, visualization of educational data as well as research and development of virtual experimental platforms and self-adaptation assessment service based on cloud technologies.
Internet of Things in EducationResearch will focus on intelligent sensors and digital labs, including developing equipment to assist senior cognition, expanding human learning skills and knowledge integration, and utilizing intelligent technologies to design, implement and optimize school environment (including classroom, campus, school district).
Knowledge TechnologyResearch will be carried out on knowledge ontology libraries for K-12 schools, knowledge map construction, knowledge visualization, knowledge modeling and diagnosis of students and teachers in primary and high schools.
ICT-based TechnologyResearch on the learning characteristics of students in digital environments. The research will also focus on designing and demonstrating new technologies in classroom teaching, capacity building to increase teachers’ professional competency in ICT-based environments, and evaluating new products, new technologies and new methods in smart education.
Big Data in EducationFocus on (1) collecting, clearing, storing and analyzing big data and their visual presentation; (2) designing and developing learning-analysis systems based on big data in education; (3) building large-scale applications of big data in education and its related issues such as information security, ethics, policy and regulations, and so on.