GO-GA: Class experiences with offline inquiry learning spaces in go-lab

Fer Coenders, Denis Gillet, Rola Sayegh, Nuno Gomes, Aurelle Noutahi, Nissi Madu, Isaac Kinyanjui

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study carried out in the framework of the Go-lab Goes Africa project, in which teachers implemented online and offline Inquiry Learning Spaces (ILS) in their classes using the Go-lab platform. After a brief description of the Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) methodology, of lab work and in particular virtual labs for STEM education, and of the process of preparing teachers for using IBL in class, we highlight the methodology used in this study, and finally report the results. Our results show that (i) the introduction and class enactment of a digital inquiry-based learning platform in Africa is possible (although challenging with respect to pedagogy and infrastructure), and (ii) does lead to student learning, (iii) for this to take place teacher training with respect to the Inquiry Based Learning methodology, and the development of an ILS are necessary, (iv) the digital infrastructure at school is sufficient for offline use, however, poses problems when online ILSs are used, and (v) a local partner needs to provide assistance, mainly to set up the infrastructure (installation of the ILS and the viewer) at the beginning of the lesson, and to assist students with computer related queries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2020 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2020
EditorsHiroyuki Mitsuhara, Yoshiko Goda, Yutato Ohashi, Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, Jun Shen, Neelakantam Venkatarayalu, Gary Wong, Masanori Yamada, Leon Chi-Un Lei
PublisherIEEE
Pages55-62
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728169422
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2021
EventIEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2020 - Virtual, Takamatsu, Japan
Duration: 8 Dec 202011 Dec 2020

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2020
Abbreviated titleTALE 2020
CountryJapan
CityVirtual, Takamatsu
Period8/12/2011/12/20

Keywords

  • Digital platform
  • Go-lab
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Online and offline learning
  • STEM
  • Virtual labs

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