Changing the educational landscape of science and technology education in Europe.
Next-Lab intends to change the educational landscape of science and technology education in Europe on a very large scale. The project offers a unique and extensive collection of interactive online (virtual and remote) laboratories that, through a process of mixing and re-use, can be straightforwardly and efficiently combined with dedicated support tools (learning apps) and multimedia material to truly form open, cloud-based, shareable educational resources with an embedded pedagogical structure.
Next-Lab offers extensive opportunities for localisation and personalisation together with analytics facilities monitoring students’ progress and achievements. Next-Lab is designed to rely on full co-creation with users in combination with rapid development and testing cycles.
Country: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Other
Coordinator: University of Twente
Programme: Horizon 2020
Target groups: education authorities, parents, policy makers, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, university students
Topic: Biology, Earth science, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Environmental sciences, Geography, Geology, Maths, Physics
Start year: 2017
End year: 2020
Contact person: Evita Tasiopoulou, evita.tasiopoulou (at) eun.org
Next-Lab is mostly an outreach project and not a research one.
Next-Lab builds on the highly successful (FP7) Go-Lab project that already offers online labs, inquiry learning apps, and authoring facilities for inquiry-based learning. To amplify the existing impact to the next-level innovation stage, Next-Lab extends the Go-Lab system with tools for the learning of 21st century skills, facilities for self- and peer-assessment and portfolio development, as well as opportunities to include learning by modeling.
Next-Lab covers secondary and also primary education, to ensure an early positive attitude towards science and technology and the continuous availability of innovative learning material throughout students' school career. To guarantee long-term impact, Next-Lab also addresses the teachers of the future by its presence in pre-service teacher training programs throughout Europe. To evaluate its impact, Next-Lab combines usage data analysis techniques for very large-scale pilots with in-depth, qualitative, case-based, assessments.