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The trilingual University of Luxembourg, established in 2003, is committed to international excellence in priority fields regarding their basic and applied research dimensions, dissemination and fostering of European research. Its three principal activities are: teaching, research and valorisation, at the highest international level, as stipulated in its mission statement and in its strategic plan. The research prism at the University of Luxembourg is locally grounded and internationally scoped, responding to its specific, precursor nature at the heart of Europe. Seven high priorities including Educational sciences with an emphasis on media learning in diversified settings guide the UL's research activities. The priority program "Building excellence in Education” has been adopted as a vision statement for embracing the societal changes in Europe which has become observable today within Luxembourg and the "Grande Region".

DICA (Dynamics in Interaction,Communication and Activity) is a research collective at the University of Luxembourg and is being active since 2007. Putting diversity, multilingualism, multi-modality and multi-mediality at its center, the research field is stressing basic and applied research on Processes of Learning and Development, Data-driven Interaction and tool-bound Activity Research. The research puts a specific emphasis on the dynamics of innovation and transformation within networks of activity systems and the creation of mediating artefacts by combining micro-level analysis of interaction and discourse with broader systemic (institutional, organisational, community) levels of analysis. DICA is involved several projects.

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Language learning and social media: 6 key dialogues or the 'LS6 network' represents a resourceful international collaboration in the domain of technology-enhanced language learning between 14 partners from eight European countries, and from different fields of expertise: universities and vocational training centers; media companies and publishers; and social work associations.
The network explores the potential of new and innovative approaches in lifelong learning through the use of social networking tools in relation to educational approaches, concepts and resources. This combination of media expertise and training at different educational levels, coupled with the cultural diversity of the partners, provides a rich background for developing novel models of lifelong learning. Furthermore, it allows to investigate new ways of adapting and transferring innovative education and media approaches in various European countries. The fundamental dimensions are:
1. Language learning, social media and social inclusion.
2. Language learning, social media and development of language resources.
3. Language learning and teaching through social media in new EU countries: the case of Romania, Latvia and Poland.
4. Language learning, social media and multilingualism.
5. Language learning through social media : evolution of teaching practices.
6. Language learning and teaching in formal and non formal contexts through ICT.

The survey of these dialogues will be supported by a set of key players: world known media companies, pan-European e-learning portals and publishers, social partners, universities, vocational training institutions and public bodie