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Wednesday, November 27 • 15:00 - 15:10
Open APP to enhance ‘Science in Culture’ through open schooling with fun and immersive learning (OEAward19)

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Open’ Education has marked this century through open content, open software, open educational resources, open courses, open textbooks, open data and open science. The most recent approach “open schooling” has emerged to engage students with real-life projects in cooperation with real partners, academic researchers, industry staff, policy makers and community members to tackle local or global challenges. This relevant approach was created to prepare students with knowledge, skills, attitude and values for RRI - Responsible Research and Innovation. Its aim is to foster scientific literate societies who are able to make sense of science and technology innovations and make decision about new advancements that are aligned with societal needs.

To explore this novel approach, the open APP VR CLASSROOM was designed by a team led by the author including students, researchers, technologists, educators and community members. This APP was developed with UNIT3D, 360 video, VR glasses, RRI gamification and creative commons license for Android mobile devices. Our aim was to explore whether mixed realities help learners identify, enjoy and be inspired by ‘Science in Culture’

Our 1st study focused on VR in the museums initiating with the Bletchley Park and Turing’s scientific innovation that changed society, economy, technology and history. This open app was used by the team’s colleagues from different areas in pairs or groups: students, game developers, research educators and tourists. Participants discussed the impact of Turing’s work while were exploring the same areas of the museum together. Fun in learning was described as a key driver based on its novelty with immersive experience. However key difficulties were cocreating new APPs and developing new partnerships to engage more students. New ideas were provided for new Open Apps: VR with RRI in forests, rural communities, innovative workplaces and future learning environments.

Winners of the 2019 Open Education Award for Excellence: Open App

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Alexandra Okada

Senior Research Fellow, The Open University
Dr. Alexandra Okada is the scientific coordinator of the EU funded project CONNECT - open schooling  and principal investigator of OLAF - Online Learning and Fun. She is an educational senior researcher at the Open University UK, a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 15:00 - 15:10 CET
BL28 Carassa Dadda (plenary)