THE USAGE OF GO-LAB PLATFORM TOOLS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS' RESEARCH SKILLS

Keywords: online learning, remote teaching, Inquiry-Based Learning, Go-Lab ecosystem, virtual laboratories, Inquiry Learning Space

Abstract

The article introduces the Inquiry Based Learning approach for innovative contemporary teaching STEAM subjects in primary and secondary school sectors. The Go-Lab ecosystem features are presented (https://www.golabz.eu). The Go-Lab repository offers the large set of educational apps, extensive collection of remote and virtual laboratories as well as more than thousands of Inquiry Learning Spaces (ILS) for blended and distance learning. The platform, which successfully is used in many school institutions throughout the globe, has become available in Ukraine due to the EU Programme ERASMUS + K2 "Modernization of Pedagogical Higher Education by Innovative Teaching Instruments – MoPED» (№ 586098-EPP-1-2017-1-UA-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP). The ILS as a personalized research environment for self-study of STEAM subjects is introduced. Using Go-Lab apps students can ask questions, formulate hypothesis, experiment, make a conclusion and discussion the getting results, therefore, developing critical thinking, research and scientific skills, and digital competence. In addition, the benefits of usage of virtual and remote labs in the classroom is demonstrated. The authors introduce open, guided, and structured types of Inquiry Based Learning applying integrated Go-Lab inquiry cycle, which consists of orientation, conceptualization, research, conclusions and discussion phases. This platform allows teachers create the own virtual Inquiry Learning Space, modify or use as it is existing ones, shared by other Go-Lab ecosystem users/teachers. The ILSs in Ukrainian presented in the article may work as an example of innovative learning materials to national educators who would like to empower their students with 21st century skills and competences as well as active online experimentations, solving real-life scientific problem and challenges, and independently learning practices. The assessment criteria for evaluating the students ILSs developed during the teaching IBL methodology at the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University are outlined. At the same time, the necessity of development of new online laboratories fit to school education state standards and Ukrainian curriculum taking into account the contemporary pedagogical approaches and theories, such as inquiry based learning, motivational theories, cognitive load theory, experiential learning (reflection in or on action) is emphasized. The novelty of the scientific research is to substantiate the theoretical and methodological approaches of using Inquiry Based Learning of the Go-Lab ecosystem in the New Ukrainian School.

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Author Biographies

Olena Budnyk, Precarpathian National University, Ivano-Frankivsk

Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor, Professor at the Department of Pedagogy of Primary Education, Director of the Center for Innovative Educational Technologies “PNU EcoSystem”, Vasyl Stefanyk

Olga Dziabenko, University of Deusto

Researcher and Project Manager, Faculty of engineering

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Published
2020-12-22
How to Cite
Budnyk, O., & Dziabenko, O. (2020). THE USAGE OF GO-LAB PLATFORM TOOLS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS’ RESEARCH SKILLS. Information Technologies and Learning Tools, 80(6), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.33407/itlt.v80i6.3953
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ICT and learning tools in secondary education