The VIRTUE-s project focuses on developing innovative, digital and practical tools to increase the quality of teaching natural sciences using ocean-based examples with a project-based learning framework.
VIRTUE-s has eight partners (five scientific partners and three school partners) from Sweden, Germany, Spain and the USA. The project will provide a platform for expanding classroom pedagogy, including project-based science, with integrated fieldwork where pupils can drive research inquiries and questions by designing experiments to study marine biodiversity. This will provide the students with greater engagement in their work on a much more personal level and in a team-based approach. In this project, students and teachers will also participate in European collaborative media literacy learning experiences, which will give them opportunities to discuss global environmental issues and to understand similarities and differences in biodiversity in the ocean surrounding Europe.
VIRTUE-s will create innovative teaching packages with digital elements, an interactive biodiversity calculator, a training workshop on media literacy, a handbook on “Making a video on a scientific subject. A short guide to film making for upper secondary school” and teacher training courses, including a Massive Open Online Course on biofouling and Ocean Literacy.
The VIRTUE-s impact will lead to teachers being better equipped and more confident in using ICT tools. They will achieve higher digital competence and can introduce innovative ocean-related elements and tools in the classroom. They will also be able to link their teaching to the United Nations sustainable development goals and to connect their students with EU goals (e.g. equip/educate students to prepare for future job markets within the Blue Growth sector).
Students will be engaged by the hands-on and novel ICT elements of VIRTUE-s. They will work in teams, which will develop their social competences and increase self-awareness as well as their team-mates’ importance in producing a successful project. They will benefit from connecting across borders to discuss topics that we all have in common (such as biodiversity, climate change, ocean pollution, future/survival of the ocean and its sustainability). This will increase student awareness that to achieve a sustainable ocean ecosystem we need to work together.
Country: Germany, Spain, Sweden, Other
Coordinator: University of Gothenburg, https://www.gu.se/
- University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- University West, Sweden
- Öckerö Seglande Gymnasieskola, Sweden
- University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Maryland Sea Grant, USA
- Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung, Germany
- Hebbelschule, Germany
- SUBMON, Spain
- Daina Isard, Barcelona, Spain
Target groups: primary school students, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, under school-age kids, university students, youth clubs
Topic: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental sciences, Maths, Physics, Technology, Zoology, Education
Start year: 2017
End year: 2020
Contact person: Susan Gotensparre, virtue-s (at) bioenv.gu.se