TERENCE is a 3-year long project designing the first adaptive learning system for poor comprehenders, hearing and deaf, and for their educators.

TERENCE in a nutshell

terence-logo-v8_designers-proposalThe learning material of TERENCE is made of books of stories and smart games for reasoning about stories, divided into difficult levels. Relaxing games accompany smart games and stimulate visuo-perceptual skills useful for interacting with the TERENCE system.

For designing useful and accessible material, the project consortium developed guidelines for writing and simplifying stories, as well as for designing games, called “smart games”, for its learners, that is, primary school children from Italy and UK.

From a technological view-point, the project developed an authoring tool for the semi-automated generation of smart games from narratives, as well as a rule-based adaptive engine for adapting its learning material to its learners.

The profiles of the TERENCE learners were created after an extensive analysis of the requirements of the learners, involving more than 500 children across Italy and UK. The profiles were revised via evaluation experiments with learners, educators and domain experts, through which incrementally improved releases of the TERENCE system were evaluated so as to attain its usability and pedagogical effectiveness. As for effectiveness, a statistical significant improvement in reading comprehension was highlighted.

The final review from the European Commission also reported excellent progresses.


  • University of L’Aquila (Italy)
  • University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)
  • Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem – Hírek (Hungary)
  • University of Leuven – KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
  • University of Sussex (UK)
  • SIVECO (Romania)
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover – L3S Research Center (Germany)
  • University of Verona (Italy)
  • University of Salamanca (Spain)
  • AMNIM (Slovenia)
  • University of Padova (Italy)

Workpackages and Deliverables

  • DeliverablesD1.1, D1.2.1, D1.2.2
  • DeliverablesD2.1, D2.2, D2.3, D2.4
  • DeliverablesD3.1, D3.2, D3.3
  • DeliverablesD4.1, D4.2, D4.3
  • DeliverablesD5.1, D5.2
  • DeliverablesD6.1, D6.2
  • DeliverablesD7.1, D7.2, D7.3, D7.4
  • DeliverablesD8.1, D8.2, D8.3, D8.4, D8.5, D8.6, D8.7
  • DeliverablesNo public deliverables

The TERENCE software

  • The Learner’s GUI is where the learners started interacting with TERENCE
  • Watch the video that shows how TERENCE works

TERENCE wants you 🙂

Carissimi docenti delle scuole primarie e non, come saprete dalla vostra visita al sito, TERENCE è uno strumento rivolto a quei bambini con cattiva comprensione del testo che affollano le vostre classi; come docenti sapete che avere degli strumenti innovativi che vi supportano è estremamente importante per voi e sapete che senza il vostro supporto nessuno strumento, neanche TERENCE, potrebbe funzionare. Per questo per chi fosse interessato a collaborare con noi al miglioramento di TERENCE, all’arricchimento delle storie usate per rafforzare la comprensione del testo scritto o semplicemente fosse curioso di saperne di più può contattare:

  • A L’Aquila:
    Pierpaolo Vittorini <pierpaolo.vittorini @ univaq.it>
    Tania Di Mascio <tania.dimascio @ univaq.it>
  • A Bolzano:
    Rosella Gennari <gennari @ inf.unibz.it>

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