The Go-Lab Initiative arose from the successful project Go-Lab, which lasted from November 2012 to October 2016, and gave the Initiative its name. The aim of the Go-Lab Initiative is to facilitate the use of online laboratories and inquiry learning applications for science education in schools. The Go-Lab Initiative provides the Go-Lab Ecosystem for teachers, where they can find various online labs and create customized Inquiry Learning Spaces. Furthermore, the Go-Lab Initiative conducts training for teachers all over Europe on the topics of Inquiry-Based Science Education in schools and the use of the Go-Lab Ecosystem. Currently, the Go-Lab Initiative is funded by the Next-Lab project. Below, you will find the list of all projects, which have (co-) funded the Go-Lab Initiative.

Quantum Physics

Project name: Quantum physics: Learning impossibilities the experiential way
Project duration: 01 January 2019 – 01 January 2022
Project funding: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Project coordinator: University of Twente, the Netherlands
Website: To be announced
Project description: Quantum physics was recently added as a required subject in the examination for pre-university students in the Netherlands who select physics as part of their curriculum. Students, however, have deep conceptual problems with quantum physics, and earlier acquired classical physics knowledge is often no longer valid. In this project, we develop a new method for teaching quantum physics that starts from inquiry learning with interactive virtual labs that visualise quantum physics phenomena, followed by a peer tutoring phase and a class discussion. The project itself starts with a co-creation stage in which virtual labs, peer tutoring, and class discussion scripts are developed in an iterative design cycle involving teachers, students, and designers. The effectiveness of the new method is evaluated in a cross-cohort comparison using a dedicated quantum physics test and the national examination scores. The virtual labs, their online learning spaces, and the developed scripts will be available for free to all physics teacher on the Go-Lab sharing platform. Workshops for (in-service) teachers will be offered and a course for pre-service teachers will be created and shared. The overall approach developed can also be applied to design instruction for other (difficult) science topics. This project is a cooperation between the department of Instructional Technology and the teacher training institute ELA, both from the University of Twente.

GO-GA

Project name: Go-Lab goes Africa
Project duration: 01 January 2018 – 31 December 2020
Project funding: European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme (grant agreement No 781012)
Project coordinator: MI.TO. Technology SRL
Website: go-ga.org
Project description: GO-GA’s main objective is to adapt and implement the successful Go-Lab Learning Ecosystem in Africa, first piloting in 3 countries and then scaling up to more users and more countries. The Go-Lab Ecosystem offers students rich, challenging, and socially embedded science and technology experiences that shape their science and technology knowledge, together with reflective and social abilities. By starting at a young age, Go-Lab intends to increase the enrolment in science and technology education, by offering engaging and interactive learning tools to support the decrease of student dropout rate. By combining inquiry and 21st century skills it intends to contribute to a better-equipped workforce. All these benefits are dearly needed in Africa too; therefore, the purpose of the GO-GA project is to take Go-Lab outside of Europe, to adapt its ecosystem to African requirements and to roll it out on the African continent. In order to do so, extensive training of teachers in pedagogical and technical skills is needed. GO-GA builds on the successful experiences, implementations and developments that were achieved in the Go-Lab project and are currently continuing in the Next-Lab project.

Next-Lab Taiwan

Project name: Next-Lab, of Taiwan, by Taiwan, and for Taiwan
Project duration: 01 January 2018 – 31 December 2020
Project funding: National Taiwan Normal University
Project coordinator: National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Project description:

To implement the new vision of science education in Taiwan, it is a great opportunity for the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) to join in the Next-Lab Project, which aims at encouraging teachers to create innovative and interactive teaching methods to introduce inquiry-based science education. Next-Lab Project provides an online science learning platform (i.e., the Go-Lab Ecosystem; http://golabz.eu), which contains hundreds of remote and virtual science labs, apps to support inquiry learning, and open web-based learning environments. NTNU contributes to the Next-Lab Project through innovation and popularization by (a) developing localized innovative online labs and learning applications to be shared in the Go-Lab Ecosystem; (b) popularizing the Go-Lab Ecosystem to secondary schools in Taiwan; and (c) examining the effectiveness of using the Go-Lab in science education in Taiwan. Joining the Next-Lab project will not only provide Taiwanese science educators with a new, open, cloud-based tool for teaching but also help Taiwanese students to acquire learning and innovation skills needed in the 21st century.

Next-Lab

Project name: Next Generation Stakeholders and Next Level Ecosystem for Collaborative Science Education with Online Labs
Project duration: 01 January 2017 – 31 December 2019
Project funding: European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme (grant agreement No 731685)
Project coordinator: University of Twente, the Netherlands
Project website: nextlab.golabz.eu
Project description: Next-Lab focuses on introducing inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in schools and continues the mission of the project Go-Lab, promoting innovative and interactive teaching methods in primary and secondary schools. Next-Lab brings Go-Lab ecosystem to a new level of innovation, providing advanced collaboration facilities for teachers and students, online labs for younger students (primary school), learning apps helping students to acquire 21st century skills, an ePortfolio tool, and other new features. Furthermore, Next-Lab addresses pre-service teachers, cooperating with teacher training institutions and contributing to their training programmes. Next-Lab provides training and support to teachers in 30 European countries, extending Go-Lab community and facilitating cross-border teacher collaboration.

TW1ST education

Project name: Twenty-first century skills for technical education
Project duration: 01 September 2015 – 31 December 2019
Project funding: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Project coordinator: University of Twente, the Netherlands
Project website: TW1ST education
Project description: The aim of the TW1ST project is to provide an effective and stimulating learning environment, in which vocational technical students acquire deeper domain knowledge as well as proficient skills relevant to their field of work. The project focuses on the development of two innovative learning packages built around virtual laboratories for vocational technology education. These learning packages include computer simulations and assignments based on the concrete practices of companies and organizations in the region. Furthermore, specific cognitive tools for 21st century skills training are provided. Finally, advanced learning analytics facilities give teachers insights into the learning and communication processes, so that they can best support their students.

SiWay

Project name: STEM it your way!
Project duration: 01 February 2016 – 02 December 2016
Project funding: IMAILE Project (in scope of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme)
Project coordinator: imc information multimedia communication AG, Germany
Project description: The SiWay project focused on designing and developing a Personal Learning Environment for inquiry-based learning in schools. The SiWay system combined features of a Learning Management System (like content and participant management) on the one hand, and features of an inquiry-based learning environment (the Go-Lab Portal) on the other. Furthermore, the SiWay system integrated OER Repositories for STEM education and provided a recommendation system for teachers. The overall aim of the project was to provide a learning environment to support teachers, students and parents. The project enabled teachers to create personalized learning scenarios for students and to monitor their progress. It also empowered students to study with innovative, interactive tools, and aided parents to support their children' learning process.

Go-Lab

Project name: Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning in Schools
Project duration: 01 November 2012 – 31 October 2016
Project funding: European Union's Seventh Framework Programme
(grant agreement No 317601)
Project coordinator: University of Twente, the Netherlands
Project website: www.go-lab-project.eu
Project description: The Go-Lab project opened up online science laboratories (remote and virtual labs) for the large-scale use in school education. The overall aim of the project was to encourage young people between the ages of 10 to 18 to engage in science topics, acquire scientific inquiry skills, and experience scientific thinking and processes by undertaking active guided experimentation. To achieve this aim, Go-Lab created a portal, enabling science teachers to find online labs and inquiry learning applications appropriate for their class. Teachers could also combine these labs and apps in Inquiry Learning Spaces (ILSs) supporting particular lesson scenarios, and share the ILSs with their students. Using the ILSs, the students performed personalized scientific experiments with online labs in a structured learning environment.

ROLE

Project name: Responsive Open Learning Environments
Project duration: 01 February 2009 – 31 January 2013
Project funding: European Union's Seventh Framework Programme
(grant agreement No 231396)
Project coordinator: Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
Project website: www.role-project.eu
Project description: The ROLE technology was centred on the concept of self-regulated learning supporting (lifelong) learners in constructing their Personal Learning Environments according to their learning goals, experiences, and preferences. ROLE provided a framework supporting individual composition of learning services, tools, and resources and aimed at empowering each user to generate new tools and functions according to their needs. In scope of the ROLE project, the collaborative learning environment Graasp was developed, which was later adapted in the Go-Lab project to support inquiry-based science education, particularly, enabling teachers to create Inquiry Learning Spaces. Furthermore, the ROLE Widget Store served as a prototype for the Golabz Repository for Online Labs, Inquiry Apps, and Inquiry Learning Spaces.