2019 project on personalised physical and virtual learning spaces.
Physical and virtual learning spaces are a focus of IKM’s 2019 projects. As early as 1991, IKM started creating an innovative and exciting learning space near Brussels, adapted to the diverse needs of learners as young as 6 and as old as 20, sharing a single but diverse environment. The space was designed to make diversy an asset for learning. Students included gifted children, children with Down syndrome, children tired of going to a more traditional school…. bottomline: children and young adults learning and working together and having fun doing so.
In december 2018 we made a study visit to Finland, visiting the new Central Library in Helsinki. Combining our experience with that of others and including new and exciting technologies and scientific insights will be the basis for our new project proposals.
2019 project on microlearning on ICT for VET Educators and Trainers
In 10+ years of teacher training projects it has become increasingly apparent that although effective, face to face teacher-training cannot be scaled up fast enough to meet the demand for teacher education in the field of ICT and digital competencies. This project seeks to create an accessible programme of training in digital competencies for educators enhanced with community created content and fostering peer to peer learning.
According to the eLearning Industry web site, there are there three main drivers behind microlearning: the burgeoning demand for mobile learning; the increasing share of Millennials (those who are born after 1980) in the workforce; and constant pressure to develop courses quickly and economically. The biggest advantage of this bite sized learning is seen as being better learner engagement.
Microlearning is a versatile e-learning approach for acquiring skills and competencies, the learning is presented in small (micro) units and can be accessed from a computer or mobile device. Each microlearning object consists of a short focussed strategy and can be delivered in many multimedia formats such as a video, podcast, infographic or text. Microlearning is an important trend in vocational training. Building on the partners experience in training VET and other educators in digital competencies, Microleaning for digital competencies will bring this innovative methodology, based on increasingly solid evidence of efficiency and effectiveness into the education sector.
2019 project on computational thinking
With partners from Turkey, Greece and Finland, the Institute of Knowledge Management (IKM) is developing a project focussing on Computational Thinking (CT) in primary education. Special about this project are the “unplugged” approach (without computer) as well as the integration of computational thinking in a variety of subjects: not only elementary science and mathematics but also social studies and languages.
2019 project on microlearning & blockchains
While microlearning is not a new concept, recent developments in technology make it possible to make microlearning more efficient and effective than ever.In this project, we explore how microlearning can support more structured approaches to learning and how the blockchain model can be used to capture and consolidate the learning outcomes of learners.