After four great project years, the Go-Lab project is reaching its finish line in October 2016. But this does not mean that it’s over! All the Go-Lab tools and support services will still be available after the official project end and we continue in a new project called Next-Lab!
Next-Lab (Next Generation Stakeholders and Next Level Ecosystem for ColLaborative Science Education with Online Labs) is a European project co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Horizon2020 program. Next-Lab is a follow-up project of Go-Lab and its continuation, conducted by a larger part of the same project consortium and partners, whom you already know. In Next-Lab, we follow and extend the strategy of Go-Lab on introducing inquiry-based science education in European schools, providing access to online labs worldwide and training teachers in the use of innovative teaching technologies.
The Next-Lab project will take Go-Lab to a next impact and innovation level by increasing the number of involved teachers and students, addressing both in-service and pre-service teachers. In order to achieve a sustainable impact, Next-Lab will expand on Go-Lab by extending the context of use and by including new features and facilities that are required by students and teachers. Some of these new features are the possibility of self- and peer-assessment, the creation of runnable scientific models, as well as a solution to support ePortfolio creation and management by students.
Next-Lab will sustain and extend the existing Go-Lab teacher community, so no one is left behind. In the same manner as Go-Lab, Next-Lab will offer summer (and winter) schools and training workshops for Next-Lab ambassadors. The free Go-Lab online course “Using online labs in the classroom: an introductory course for teachers” will be run as usual several times a year at the OpenCourseWorld platform. Next-Lab will install a permanent helpdesk so that we can even be of better service.
We inform you about the Next-Lab project start (which will be at the beginning of 2017) via this website, the Go-Lab newsletter, and all social media that we use, so you can join the new project directly from the beginning and benefit from its offerings. We are looking forward to welcome you in Next-Lab and explore the horizons of science teaching together with you!