Tallinn University (TLU) is the third largest public university in Estonia with 9500 students in 20 institutes and 5 colleges. Centre for Educational Technology (CET), established in 1996, is an interdisciplinary R&D unit within the Institute of Informatics. CET staff (17 in total) consists of 8 full-time researchers, 5 software developers, 2 project managers, 1 post-doc, some part-time employees and a group of postgraduate students. Scientific and technological qualifications of CET staff intertwine deep knowledge in educational research, participatory design, open-source software engineering, and experiences of empirical research in authentic educational and work settings in the field of technology-enhanced learning, competency management, interactive media art, interaction design and Semantic Web technologies.
The main ongoing research projects in CET are related with developing the next-generation distributed learning environments involving interoperable social software tools (ePortfolio, Learning Object Repository and QTI test authoring/delivery tools) and Webservices (OntoSpace Explorer, SCORM package delivery service). CET has been actively participating in FP6 IST projects Calibrate and iCamp, FP7 projects IntelLEO and S-Team, eContentPlus project iCoper, and several others.
TLU Institute of Informatics has established partnerships with leading Estonian software companies (Skype Estonia, Webmedia, Eomap, Playtech, NetGroup), and also with the main open-source based learning technology providers in the Baltic sea region (JukuLab OÜ in Estonia, MediaMaisteri OY in Finland). CET is also one of the key contributors to the technology-enhanced learning infrastructure of Estonian E-university (the consortium of all major Estonian universities), thus providing a unique opportunity to use almost whole higher education sector on the national level as a test-bed for new tools and methods for Technology-Enhanced Learning.