Frequently Asked Questions

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

I have published my Graasp Inquiry Learning Space into Golabz. However, I cannot see the orange buttons “Preview” and “Copy & use this Inquiry Space” under the ILS logo on my ILS page in Golabz.

Solution:

This problem is usually caused by unstable internet connection during your ILS publishing process. We suggest that you republish this ILS, when your internet connection is improved. If you still have the same issue, please go to your Graasp space, and find and add the user “Golab Team” to your space as an owner. You granted “Golab Team” the “owner” role. Then you could contact the Go-Lab expert to solve this problem for you by emailing info@golabz.eu. Please write down the link of your Graasp space and your Graasp account user name in the email, so that our expert can find your space fast. The Go-Lab team will help you publish your space as soon as possible and come back to you. Please count it with several days.

If your ILS in Golabz does not have the orange buttons, users cannot view your ILS in the student view and use it. We recommend you strongly to take the aforementioned actions!

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

I get a pop-up window to tell me that “This ILS has already been published” after I click the publish button in Graasp. But I noticed that I have not published this Graasp ILS to Golabz before. Shall I click “Create New” or “Update”?

Solution:

Please click “Update” and you will land in the ILS metadata input page in Golabz. Please edit and add the metadata and click the “save” button after your editing job.

The cause of this problem is: Golabz has its own publishing system, but Graasp also marks the ILS as published once the data has been sent to Golabz (whether the user completes the publishing process is unknown). Thus, Graasp has noted down that more ILS are published. We are in the procedure of cleaning up the Graasp ILS database. Before the database is cleaned up, please use this solution to the problem.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

ILS stands for Inquiry Learning Space. An ILS embodies the lesson plan of a teacher and can include online labs, apps, learning resources, and scaffolds that Go-Lab offers. An ILS is authored and saved in Graasp (graasp.eu) and a teacher can share it as standalone view with his/her students.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

Once you have created your ILS, you can publish it in the Go-Lab Portal, www.golabz.eu, by clicking on “Publish inquiry space” that appears at the right-hand side of your ILS when you click on the small sharing icon at the top-right corner. It may take some time before your ILS appears in the portal.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

No, previous versions of an ILS are not stored. When creating and editing an ILS, you have to follow the same procedure to copy and keep older versions as when working with a regular document. For example, name your preliminary or under development ILS as version 1, 2 and so on.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

You may publish your ILS in the Go-Lab Portal, www.golabz.eu (see FAQ “How do I publish an ILS?“), so that all teachers and users can see it. Or if you do not want to make it public for all, but only to share it with some persons, then you do so by clicking on “Share by Email” that appears at the right-hand side of your ILS when you click on the small sharing icon at the top-right corner.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

Yes, you may use an online lab that you find useful and which is not listed in golabz.eu. You may also propose it to be included in golabz.eu, so other teachers can use it as well. To do this, please see the FAQ “How can I propose a new online lab to be included in golabz.eu?”

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

If you want to propose an online lab to be included in golabz.eu, please email your request at info@golabz.eu with subject “Go-Lab - new lab proposal”. In your email, please include the name of the lab, its web-link, and a paragraph describing shortly what this lab is about, and which science subjects it is related to.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

The proposed inquiry phases consolidate the experience and expertise of Go-Lab partners on various inquiry models found in the literature. However, it is not obligatory to use the proposed inquiry model in your ILS. You may change and adapt the proposed phases or adopt a different model for your needs.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

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Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

If you made substantial changes in the content and structure of an existing ILS, then you may republish it as author. It is always recommended to make a reference to the original ILS and its author by providing its web-link and name (for example at the start of your ILS where you put a short description you may add something like “this ILS is based on … which was originally developed by …”).

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

The owner of an ILS can invite people or revoke membership in it and assign roles. The owner can see and share the secrete URL for the standalone view of the ILS. An editor can only add content in the ILS.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

If you do not find any answer to your question on the list of FAQs or within various supporting materials at this webpage, then please email us your request to info@golabz.eu and we will provide a reply the soonest possible.

Inquiry Learning Spaces and Online Labs

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

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

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

The online labs aim at supporting inquiry learning and providing the possibility to conduct scientific experiments in a virtual environment. Online laboratories can be of two kinds. Remotely-operated educational labs (remote labs) provide students an opportunity to collect data from a real physical laboratory setup, including real equipment, from remote locations. As an alternative there are virtual labs that simulate the real equipment. Remote and virtual labs both have specific advantages for learning and can be combined to support specific learning activities.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

Inquiry is the process in which students are engaged in scientifically oriented questions, perform active experimentation, formulate explanations from evidence, evaluate their explanations in sense of alternative explanations, and communicate and justify their proposed explanations.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

The inquiry process should be well structured and scaffold to achieve optimal learning results. Scaffolding refers to support (dedicated software tools) that helps students with tasks that they cannot complete on their own. For example, they can help students to create hypotheses, design experiments, make predictions, formulate interpretations of the data, reflect upon the learning process, plan and structure their work, and monitor what has been done.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

The Go-Lab Project opens up remote and virtual science labs for the large-scale use in education. Its technical framework offers students the opportunity to perform personalized scientific experiments with online labs, whereas teachers can enrich their classroom activities with demonstrations and disseminate best practices in a web-based pedagogic community. The overall aim of the Go-Lab Project is to provide students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in science by conducting experiments using modern laboratory equipment by themselves, deepen their knowledge in fundamental sciences, and to motivate them for making scientific carrier in the future.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

Students get an access to scientific instruments and use them for their investigations by undertaking active guided experimentation carried out on top-level scientific facilities Go-Lab offers. They may also access research data and archives, use advanced tools for data acquisition and analysis, as well as facilities to support communication on scientific topics.

Teachers may integrate live demonstrations and experiments conducted with remote and virtual labs in their regular classroom activities providing students with the necessary support for their inquiry process and adapting this experience to particular learning situation. Further, teachers can share their best practices and methodologies as well as provide and get support in a pedagogic community.

Lab-owners (scientific organizations, universities, research institutions or commercial companies) can bring real experiments into the web and create a virtual community stimulating dialog between scientists, instructors, students, and other stakeholders, thus, increasing visibility and attraction of their labs. This innovative approach also brings scientific experiments at a new level allowing conducting remote studies in international teams.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

When joining Go-Lab, teachers are offered various types of online or onsite support and training. More specifically, partners of the Go-Lab consortium in each participating country organize introductory seminars, and hands-on training workshops at local or national level. Teachers are also further supported by online means like webinars or through the dedicated Go-Lab Tutoring Platform where they can discuss with experts and learn from them how to better use the tools that Go-Lab offers. Furthermore, once per year an international summer school is organized. This is a week-long intensive course with lectures, seminars and workshops. Participation is enabled through the annual Go-Lab contest for teachers or through Erasmus+ grants.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

The first step to join Go-Lab is to go to www.go-lab-project.eu/call-for-schools and fill the corresponding application form which can be found in the link when you click the flag of your country (if your country is not in the list then use the link “Other countries”). Then a Go-Lab consortium partner who is responsible for your country will communicate with you directly.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

Once you have filled the application form for schools, a partner who is responsible for your country will communicate with you directly. He/she will be the person to contact for help or information about Go-Lab.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

Yes, you can join Go-Lab even if your country is not listed at www.go-lab-project.eu/call-for-schools. You have to use the option “Other countries”.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

Yes, the Go-Lab authoring tools and apps are free for anyone to use.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

The Go-Lab repository for online labs, apps, ILSs as well as support materials will stay online and its resources will be available for at least five years after the end of the project.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

If you have an affiliation with a school or do your practice-work in a school, then you are eligible to join Go-Lab.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

Data privacy is a central concern of Go-Lab and, thus, privacy features have been built in by design. Students’ privacy is guaranteed, because students log in with nicknames. Students do not need to provide any email address to log in, merely only a nickname, which protects their identities from anyone but the teacher (as in a real classroom).  If teachers want to see their students’ data they can ask their students to login with known pre-assigned names. Teachers can then inspect and assess the students’ products (e.g., the spreadsheets uploaded by the students, the created concept maps etc.). Teachers can also inspect and track patterns of usage of an ILS by using the so-called “learning analytics” facilities (AngeLA). The teacher decides whether he/she wants to include this in the ILS or not.

Go-Lab Project (general questions)

Technical Questions

Please email your request at info@golabz.eu with subject “remote lab – technical support” and a partner with technical expertise will contact you the soonest possible.

Technical Questions

There is no practical limit or maximum number of students that can use an ILS simultaneously. However, if you experience problems or find that the system is slow, then you may consider grouping your students in teams of two or three per available PC.

Technical Questions

The Go-Lab development team is making every effort to support most browsers (e.g., firefox, chrome, mozilla, opera, safari) available at various operating systems of windows, linux and ios. If you experience problems with a specific web browser, please download first the latest version and enable the java plugin, if you are using a java-based online lab. If this does not solve the problem, then you may email a request for help at info@golabz.eu.

Technical Questions

Go-Lab ILSs are designed in such a way that they fit on a tablet or smart-phone. However, not all apps and labs are compatible. It depends on the technology used for the lab (e.g., developed with java script or in HTML5, or being java or Flash based) and the hardware of the mobile device.

Technical Questions

External web links can be added as hyperlinks (using, for example, ctrl + K on windows or command + K on Mac OS). These hyperlinks always open in another tab. External web pages can also be directly embedded in an ILS by adding them as links (press the + button, then press add link).

Technical Questions

The owner of an ILS can invite people or revoke membership in it and assign roles. The owner can see and share the secrete URL for the standalone view of the ILS. An editor can only add content in the ILS.

Technical Questions

If you do not find any answer to your question in the list of FAQs or within various supporting materials at this webpage, then please email us your request to info@golabz.eu and we will provide a reply the soonest possible. 

Technical Questions