education in Cultural Understanding Technology Enhanced

The eCUTE project developed two innovative, technological applications to aid cultural understanding and empathy in children and young adults – MIXER (Moderating Interactions for Cross-Cultural Empathic Relationships) and TRAVELLER (TRAining for Virtually Every Location for Learning Empathic Relationships).

The project developed these based upon:

  • pedagogical approaches to education in cultural understanding grounded in psychological and educational theory
  • innovative and believable cultural learning scenarios based on theoretical approaches that connect with the experiences of the target learner groups
  • established operational parameterisation of theoretically derived cultural behaviour and used it to create synthetic cultures and characters that behave as if they live within such cultures
  • developed expressive behaviour for synthetic characters that is culturally appropriate

eCUTE was a project funded by Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7)