a miracle the curiosity survives formal education."
The 80Days project is a path-finding research initiative of
the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for
research and technological development (FP7) to explore new
frontiers in Digital Educational Games (DEGs), which combine
effective learning with fun and pleasure. The project ran
from April 2008 to September 2010 and accomplished
its mission highly successful!
Reaching this desirable vision, digital educational
games (DEGs) may compete with their non-educational counterparts
in terms of narrative and gaming quality. Since computer games
won our children’s hearts anyway, such combination may
prevent the parents’ hearts to be broken.
To cross today’s horizon of educational games, a scientifically
sound and valid methodological and technological foundation
is required. Grounding on this mission, 80Days is a RTD project
concerned with theories, methodologies, and technologies for
To accomplish a significant step towards successful and effective
educational games, 80Days is addressing the following two
main objectives: First, integrating models of adaptive personalised
learning with those of adaptive interactive storytelling,
and second, merging virtual game environments with existing
learning resources, thus reducing development costs and time.
These fusions will result in an adaptive and responsive system,
enabling the understanding of active learning processes within
a virtual learning environment, adapting to individual needs
and abilities, and therefore fully exploiting the learners’
a journey to our project and learn more about
the future of learning
by joyfully playing computer games.
The 80Days project is budgeted with 4.245 million Euros and
co-funded with 3.297 million Euros from the Seventh Framework
Programme for research and technological development (FP7)
of the European Commission’s ICT-Programme. It has a
duration of 30 months starting from April 2008.
The Seventh Framework Programme for research
and technological development (FP7) is the European Union´s
chief instrument for funding research over the period 2007
to 2013. The broad objectives of FP7 have been grouped into
four categories: Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities.
The specific programme on "Cooperation"
supports all types of research activities carried out by different
research bodies in trans-national cooperation and aims to
gain or consolidate leadership in key scientific and technology
areas. The Cooperation programme is sub-divided into ten distinct
ICT – “Information and Communication
Technologies” is the distinctive theme within the Cooperation
programme 80Days is embedded. Information and Communication
Technologies are critical to improve the competitiveness of
European industry and to meet the demands of its society and