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Go-Lab: Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning at School

Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning at School

Project Number: 317601

Project Coordinator: Prof. dr. Ton de Jong

Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, Instructional Technology - IST

Tel.: +31 53 489 3613

Email: a.j.m.dejong@utwente.nl

Project website: GO-LAB

Summary

The Go-Lab project will open up remote science laboratories, their data archives, and virtual models (“online labs”) for large-scale use in education. Go-Lab enables science inquiry-based learning that promotes acquisition of deep conceptual domain knowledge and inquiry skills and directs students to careers in science.

For students (10 to 18-years old), Go-lab offers the opportunity to perform personalized scientific experiments with online labs in pedagogically structured and scaffolded learning spaces that are extended with social communication facilities.

For teachers, Go-Lab offers pedagogical “plug, share, and play” through a Web-based interface and a community framework to disseminate best practices and find mutual support. A modular approach and inquiry classroom scenarios promote a seamless incorporation of online labs into the classroom.

For lab-owners, Go-Lab provides open interfacing solutions to easily plug in their online labs, construct their virtual didactic counterparts, and share them in the Go-Lab federation of online labs. Go-Lab will thus promote their scientific activities.

The project starts with a set of online labs from worldwide renowned research organisations (e.g., CERN, ESA) and then from selected universities and, based on initial in-depth pilots, will gradually improve and expand its series of online labs and associated inquiry learning opportunities with the increasing contribution of teacher and lab-owner communities. More advanced and later versions will be evaluated and validated in large scale pilots. The Go-Lab project throughout Europe will expand the resources for teaching science in schools and provide more challenging, authentic and higher-order learning experiences for students. Its sustainability will come from the opportunity for the larger science education community to add new online labs. An open and Web-based community will capitalize on the ‘collective intelligence’ of students, teachers, and scientists.

Project duration: 1-11-2012 / 1-11-2016

Project budget: 13.2 M-€ / 9.7 M-€ funding

Number of person/months: 1322 person months

Project Coordinator: UT

Participants: UT, ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI SCHOLI PANAGEA SAVVA AE, EPFL, EUN Partnership AISBL, MC INFORMATION MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION AG, RESEAU MENON E.E.I.G., UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA, UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER, UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS, UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN, CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS, UNIVERSIDAD DE DEUSTO UNIVERSIDAD DE DEUSTO, FACHHOCHSCHULE KARNTEN, TARTU ULIKOOL, CERN, ESA, University of Glamorgan, IASA, NUCLIO

Project budget CTIT: 2.4 M-€ / 1.9 M-€ funding

Number of person/years CTIT: 176 person months

Involved groups: Instructional Technology