Creating digital teaching and learning materials with citizen scientists
Supported by the Innovationsstiftung für Bildung, research institutions, educational institutions, non-profit institutions and companies were invited to submit projects for the creation of digital teaching and learning materials. The aim of the two calls was to create new, innovative and practice-oriented digital teaching and learning materials that achieve an added value that would not have been possible without the use of technical means. The orientation towards a citizen science approach (cooperation of learners, teachers or other experts) is helping to integrate the know-how of those people who work with digital teaching and learning materials into the development of these tools.
In terms of content, the teaching and learning materials should reflect cross-disciplinary topics such as mobility, migration, democracy, etc. The final products should also be available on the Eduthek learning platform as Open Educational Resources (OER) with a free a licence.
Projects were funded in the first call for proposals up to a maximum of 25,000 euros, in the second call for proposals up to a maximum of 50,000 euros per application, whereby the total budget was increased due to the many excellent applications and the large participation in online voting. The total funding amount for both calls was 825,000 euros.
Since February 2019 the eight funded projects have been presented on the learning platform "Eduthek" (www.eduthek.at/mitmachen). Here, teachers and their pupils have the opportunity to further develop and help shape these materials. The learning materials can be used free of charge in class. Feedback can be given on the content and graphic design as well as on usability. In addition, all interested persons have the opportunity to exchange information online on the platform.
In the second call the citizen scientists will not only be involved in the further development of the teaching and learning materials, but also in the decision of the projects to be supported. 20 project ideas were presented on the website of the Innovation Foundation for Education. HERE you can find the twelve funded projects of the second call.
For further information on the funding programme see https://innovationsstiftung-bildung.at/de/foerderungen/digitale-lehr-und-lernmittel/