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 within the framework of two calls for proposals.
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 specialised persons) is helping to integrate the know-how of those people who work with digital teaching and learning materials into the development of these teaching and learning 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) under a free a licence.
Research institutions, schools, educational institutions, non-profit institutions and companies were eligible to submit proposals. Projects were funded up to a maximum of 25,000 Euro per application during the first call and 50,000 euros per application during the second call, with a total of 700,000 euros available for both calls.
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 and is expressly requested. In addition, all interested persons have the opportunity to exchange information online on the platform.
In the second call the citizen scientists should 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. Starting in mid-May 2019, projects eligible for funding shortlisted by the expert jury will be presented on the Innovation Foundation's website. All learners, teachers and interested persons are then invited to vote online for their favourite project.
For further information on the funding programme see https://innovationsstiftung-bildung.at/de/foerderungen/digitale-lehr-und-lernmittel/