SCORE - Student Competences as Output of Research-based Education
SCORE develops digital resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education on the online learning platform Moodle. This includes computer-assisted assessment, teacher training and improved achievement.
The SCORE project – Student Competences as Output of Research-based Education – is run by a multifaceted consortium based in three countries, composed of one university in Spain, one educational institution in Romania, three schools in Spain, Romania and Portugal and an educational technology company in Spain. Together, under the umbrella of the SCORE project, these partners are tackling the ineffective use of ICT and low achievement in mathematics and science (a key target of the Education and Training 2020 strategy of the European Union).
SCORE builds on the results of the MUST project (2014-16). However, SCORE tries to go further by promoting a culture for evaluation that places emphasis on evidence-based decision-making, using learning analytics methods, and by increasing impact using standards for Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) across learning systems.
While the main target group of MUST was upper secondary students, SCORE focuses on lower secondary school students, in particular low achievers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects; schoolteachers and teacher trainers; software developers; university teachers and educational researchers. Thus, SCORE’s main objective is to help improve students' achievement in and attitude towards STEM subjects.
Country: Portugal, Romania, Spain
Coordinator: Colegio Pureza de María, Spain, http://pmaria-cid.org/
Target groups: primary school students
Topic: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Materials science, Maths, Physics, Education
Start year: 2017
End year: 2019
Contact person: Helena Maria Capela, Email ca.leriri (at) gmail.com
SCORE’s impact is mainly measured through teachers’ engagement in the project’s training activities for continuous professional development. SCORE expects more than 150 participants to join these activities and expects to reach more than 1,500 when counting those students who learn from its teaching materials. In addition, SCORE’s lessons are shared with relevant stakeholders and policy makers at Ministries of Education. Finally, as SCORE makes extensive use of the online learning platform Moodle, the world leader in learning management systems, with more than 100,000,000 registered users, it can be expected that SCORE will have an even greater number of potential users and a long-lasting impact.
The project’s main objective is to help improve students' achievement in and attitude towards subjects in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). More specifically, this objective can be defined as the following:
- to develop research & ICT-based learning modules (RIM) with a multilingual dimension for lower secondary school students (aged 12-15) that can run on mobile devices and be shared as Open Education Resources (OER);
- to design interactive activities with Computer-Assisted Assessment (CAA) in order to monitor students’ results and the effectiveness of the approaches used by means of methods and tools in learning analytics;
- to promote teachers’ professional development by using innovative ways of training and mentoring teachers in classroom management with the RIM material created;
- to facilitate teachers’ piloting of project materials, using their own resources or by using standards for Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), to enrol their students in the SCORE Academy.