Inter-Life Project (EPSRC/ESRC)

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402

The central deck/stage area on ILI2, with tables, chairs, interactive boards, trees, and a car.  The coastline can be seen in the distance.
The central deck/stage area on ILI2, with tables, chairs, interactive boards, trees, and a car. The coastline can be seen in the distance.

The aim of the Inter-Life Project was to investigate the use of virtual worlds and creative practices to support the acquisition of transition skills for young people, to enhance their management of important life events.  The project was highly innovative in terms of its use of multi-method analyses of virtual environments, as well as in its development and application of Activity Theory to provide an analytical lens, and the ways in which it combined creative practices from Art and Design with informal learning in Education.

Inter-Life (see project website) was part of the ESRC/EPSRC Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Programme, which itself was the final phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP). Impact details are available.

The TEL Programme was featured at the Royal Society of London and a film of the TEL Programme is also available.

Many publications have  been produced by the project team, including:

Sclater, M. and Lally, V. (2013)  The Realities of Researching Alongside Virtual Youth in Late Modernity: Creative Practices and Activity Theory. Journal of Youth Studies 1-25 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2013.847908#.UmksQRa23fY   [OPEN ACCESS]

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402.

Sclater, M. and Lally, V. (2013) Virtual Voices: Exploring Creative Practices to Support Life Skills Development among Young People Working in a Virtual World Community. International Journal of Art & Design Education  32 (3) 331–344. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-8070.2013.12024.x [OPEN ACCESS]

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402.

Lally, V, and Sclater, M. (2013) The Inter-Life Project: Researching the Potential of Art, Design and Virtual Worlds As a Vehicle for Assisting Young People with Key Life Changes and Transitions. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 41 (3) pp 1-17. http://dx.DOI.org/10.1080/03069885.2013.773582 [OPEN ACCESS]

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402.

Devlin, A. M., Lally, V., Sclater, M. and Parussel, K. (2013) Inter-Life: A Novel, Three-dimensional, Virtual Learning Environment for Life Transition Skills Learning. Interactive Learning Environments 21 pp 1-22.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2013.768271[OPEN ACCESS]

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402.

Lally, V. (2013) Computing and Information Systems Education. In Bryce, T. and Humes, EW. M. (Eds.) Scottish Education (4th Edition) Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp 544-548.

Devlin, A.M., Lally, V., Canavan, B. & Magill, J.,( 2013) The role of the Inter-Life virtual world as a creative technology to support student transition into higher education, Creative Education, 4(7b), pp. 191-201http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ce.2013.47A2025 [OPEN ACCESS]

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402.

Lally, V., and M. Sclater, M. (2012) The Inter-Life Project: Inter-cultural Spaces for Young People to Use Creative Practices and Research to Assist with Life Changes and Transition.  Research in Comparative and International Education 7 (4) 480-502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/rcie.2012.7.4.480

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402.

Lally, V. and Doyle, L. (2012) Researching Transitions in Learning and Education: international perspectives on complex challenges and imaginative solutions (Editorial).  Research in Comparative and International Education, 7(4), 394-408.  http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/rcie.2012.7.4.394 (available for free download)

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402.

Lally, V, Sharples, M. Frances Tracy, F., Bertram, N. and Masters, S. (2012) Researching the Ethical Dimensions of Mobile, Ubiquitous and Immersive Technology Enhanced Learning (MUITEL): A Thematic Review and Dialogue. Interactive Learning Environments 20 (3 ) pp 217-238. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2011.607829

Funded by EPSRC/ESRC RES-139-25-0402.

last update 31 January 2014