This lightning talk is to enlighten the OER community about a 3 year EU Erasmus+ funded project to ensure the development of STEM key competences and the intake of students in science-related career paths at lower secondary school level. The project has the dual aim of 1) developing and testing an innovative, called-for approach to science teaching and 2) giving students a more positive view of and attitude to science, thus helping enhance and promote science education across Europe by motivating students otherwise prone to giving up on science.
The project will introduce Augmented Reality (AR) to develop a more student-centred approach by illustrating the often hidden processes that are central to understanding science. AR makes possible active, collaborative learning as well as interaction with and visualization of central science knowledge.
An open educational resources (OER) approach will be employed, enhancing the accessibility and dissemination impact of the materials produced. The Jorum service will carry out much of the dissemination work through webinars and events. Jorum will also develop a flexible platform for the materials to enable easy access.
The project partners include:
The Learning, Teaching and Professional Skills team in the Digital Resources division at Jisc, who will provide expertise in Augmented Reality and Jorum infrastructure.
- Research Center for E-Learning and Media at VIA University College
- Skolen I Midten primary school.
The Faculty of Education and International Studies at Hogskolen I Oslo Og Akershus (HIOA)
The E-Learning department at Galicia Supercomputing of Galicia Centre (CESGA) at the Fundacion Centro Tecnologico De Supercomputacion De Galicia.
The project will also involve teachers and students from schools across the partner countries to both develop the materials and transfer the skills required to create materials in the future.
The main outputs of the project include:
- Production of a needs analysis report based on research carried out at national and European level to provide guidance and specific direction for the project.
- Creation of scientific articles to maximize impact of and disseminate the project findings to the European science education and ICT/learning communities.
- Creation of AR materials and made available in 3 languages: English; Spanish and Danish.
- OER platform development to include a multilingual interface for English; Spanish; Danish and Norwegian.
A guide for teachers and students on how to produce and use AR in connection with science education.