The Go-Lab Inventory and Integration of Online Labs – Labs Offered by External Partners and Federations

Abstract : This document is the outcome of the work done during the 3 rd year of the project in task “T2.2 - Organizing Online Labs for the Go-Lab Federation: from Small to Big Ideas of Science”, in task “T2.3 – The Go-lab Inventory of Online Labs” and task “T2.4 – Populating the Go-Lab inventory”. More specifically, this document presents:  the process of populating with online labs the Go-Lab Inventory for year 3;  the main characteristics of the online labs included in the repository (including quality, diversity, multilingualism);  the work done to conclude the validation of the Go-Lab “Big Ideas of Science” set.  the steps towards the establishment of a communication hub between users and lab the validation of the owners;  the validation of the Inquiry Learning Spaces (ILSs) metadata model so as to further develop the federated ecosystem of online labs and educational resources (inquiry learning activities that are making use of an online lab – or a series of online labs) that is available to the users (namely science teachers) through an effective search mechanism;  the extension of the Go-Lab taxonomy to cover the Technology and Engineering (T&E) subject domains. Overall, the Go-Lab inventory currently includes 161 online labs (the initial indicator was to have 45 online labs at the end of the project) out of which 13 were integrated during the 1 st year of the project, 35 during the 2 nd year and 113 during the 3 rd year of the project. Furthermore, the consortium continues its efforts to establish cooperation with additional similar efforts all over the world. The Phet Interactive Simulations, the Concord Consortium, the Amrita University and the Create lab of the New York University are examples of such collaboration. The validation workshops carried out based on the remarks of the reviewers (Big Ideas of Science, Inquiry Learning Spaces metadata model 1 ) were validated with pilot users (namely, science teachers and teachers’ trainers) in the framework of specific workshops and activities. The data were analysed and the results are presented. Overall, 159 potential users were involved in the validation exercises. In particular, 99 users participated in the validation of the metadata elements set for online labs and 60 users were involved in the validation of the Go-Lab set on the “Big Ideas of Science”.
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Panagiotis Zervas, Eleftheria Tsourlidaki. The Go-Lab Inventory and Integration of Online Labs – Labs Offered by External Partners and Federations. [Research Report] Go-Lab Project. 2015. ⟨hal-01274926⟩

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