A playful experience of future-oriented teaching
Open Game Project of the DHBW Karlsruhe develops an online learning game to promote open teaching methods
In times of constant change and development, it is essential to keep up with the latest opportunities, not least in teaching. For some time the teaching methods at universities and colleges have been moving towards open teaching methods. In order to support the teaching staff in this reorganization as much as possible, the Open Game Project (Promoting Open Education through Gamification) develops a game for computers and smartphones that will allow teachers to try out open teaching methods based on real-life applications and receive direct feedback on their decisions. In this way, teachers will learn playfully how to apply the open teaching methods effectively and easily in their classes.
„The current corona crisis proves the development of teaching methods. In online lectures, there is little student activity required. Especially now, open teaching methods can help to make studying effective and more instructive,“ explains Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor of Education Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe (DHBW Karlsruhe), who leads the project at the NextEdcuation working group for digital transformation of educational processes at the DHBW Karlsruhe.
The idea is to raise the awareness of university teachers for the possibilities of OEP by integrating successful „teacher-centered“ practices into their lessons and by offering them an opportunity to experience open teaching methods in a safe test environment through playful activities. Accordingly, teachers can widen their competence to work with open learning methods.
The following results are expected during the two-year duration of the project:
A guidebook will present and explain different possibilities of open teaching techniques. Teachers will be given an overview of the competences required for using them.
In addition, an exemplary curriculum for a course on open educational practices will be developed.
In order to make it easier for teachers to expand their competences, the developed game will serve as an aid. It will be tested with the support of 300 educators at six separate universities.
Finally, a total of five Outreach Workshops (in Madrid, Nantes, Lisbon, Karlsruhe and Dublin) will be held to discuss and promote the results of the game. The educators who scored best in the game will be invited to share their experiences in order to inspire other interested teachers to use open teaching methods.
Six universities from Germany, France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain are involved in the project as well as the Open Education Consortium and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). The project runs since October 2019 to September 2021.
Patricia Bonaudo, Akademische Mitarbeiterin “Lerntechnologien u. Digitalisierung“, Tel: 0721 / 9735 663, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor für Bildungsmanagement und Lebenslanges Lernen,
Tel.: 0721 / 9735 966