Inquiry Learning Spaces

Six different pedagogic scenarios serve as a framework for the whole Go-Lab inquiry learning experience. They are the basis of all activities, resources and interactions of teachers and learners. They shape the didactical structure of an Inquiry Learning Space, one of the main components of the Go-Lab Portal. Inquiry Learning Spaces are online labs embedded in resources and scaffolds to offer students a complete inquiry learning experience. The Go-Lab Portal offers school teachers the possibility to create learning spaces customized for their students or to adapt existing inquiry space templates based on specific needs. Another benefit of Go-Lab is the possibility to share Inquiry Learning Spaces with other teachers to offer help, ideas and inspiration.

The Inquiry Learning approach itself is an interactive, explorative and discovering way of learning that is leading the students to ask questions, find new solutions and understand scientific problems. It’s a learning cycle of different phases (orientation, conceptualization, investigation, conclusion, discussion) that needs effective guidance by the teachers, scientific experimentation settings and learning resources, as well as instructions which are offered by Go-Lab. The figure below displays a scaffold (app) that helps students to create research questions in the conceptualization phase.

The Question Scratchpad

Using the Web 2.0 platform Graasp, teachers can easily create their Inquiry Learning Spaces. After having selected a lab, a structure of the ILS is automatically configured, with the lab already included in the investigation phase. By using a wiki-like interface, all phases of the ILS can be populated with multimedia learning resources and apps (including dedicated scaffolds). Teachers can also change and rename the phases as they like. After having built the Inquiry Learning Space, it’s only a “one button click” process to make it available to the students. Both the teacher and the student interface of Graasp are available in different languages, which simplifies an international use.

For more information, please see:

Online Labs, Apps, ILS: Go-Lab Repository

Creating own ILS: Authoring Platform Graasp

How to create ILS: Support Page