After four years, the Go-Lab project has now come to its end. We have succeeded in reaching about 1,300 European schools as well as educators from lots of other countries worldwide. Our Repository Golabz now provides more than 450 Inquiry Learning Spaces, more than 400 online labs, and more than 40 inquiry apps. They are available for teachers free of charge to enrich their lessons with inquiry-based learning techniques in STEM subjects. And that’s not the limit – Golabz is still growing! Everyday new useful ILSs created by the teachers and STEM experts with the Authoring Platform Graasp are added. Meanwhile, the authoring and sharing platform achieves 14,000 visitors per month. More than 1,600 teachers participated in our training events over the past four years and more than 15,000 students have already taken advantage of the learning opportunities Go-Lab offers.
Go-Lab is followed by the new project Next-Lab, which will take Go-Lab to a next impact and innovation level! Next-Lab will increase the number of involved teachers and students, expand its target group to include younger students in primary education, and make efforts to align the project with teacher training programmes, thus, targeting also pre-service teachers. This way – via the teachers of the future – Next-Lab consortium will be able to get more young people inspired about science and technology.
The open authoring (Graasp) and sharing (Golabz) platforms will be enhanced with new features required by the teachers as well as by the addition of new tools for the students. For example, collaborative creation of ILSs will be supported, giving teachers the possibility to jointly create cross-curriculum learning scenarios. Furthermore, the students will be able to work collaboratively on their learning and research projects. Finally, learning apps enabling students to acquire 21st century skills as well as a tool to create ePortfolios will be available.
Next-Lab will sustain and extend the existing Go-Lab teacher community, so that the successful transition between the two projects is guaranteed.
The Next-Lab project is implemented in the context of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. It has started on the 1st of January 2017 and will last for three years, coordinated by the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
The following partners (most of whom you already know) participate in the project:
- University of Twente (Netherlands)
- École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
- Information Multimedia Communication AG (Germany)
- EUN Partnership AISBL (Belgium)
- Ellinogermaniki Agogi Scholi Panagea Savva (Greece)
- University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
- Universidad de la Iglesia de Deusto (Spain)
- Tartu Ülikool (Estonia)
- Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (Portugal)
- École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
- Turun Yliopisto (Finland)
- University of Leicester (UK)