New publication of the European Schoolnet: Guidelines to create learning labs


17/12/2019

Many schools have already created their own learning lab, an innovative learning environment that helps promoting active learning among students. For all schools that consider embarking on this journey, European Schoolnet has published practical guidelines providing step-by-step guidance on how to create their own learning labs or to adapt their learning spaces in other ways. The guidelines include the main report and six case studies from different countries.

The Future Classroom Lab (FCL) in Brussels was created in 2012 by European Schoolnet, its 34 supporting education ministries and several industry partners. It is an inspirational learning environment, challenging visitors to rethink the role of pedagogy, technology and design in their classrooms. Over the years, the interest in learning labs has increased both at the school and ministry level, which has already resulted in the creation of around 200 local learning labs across Europe and even beyond. The guidelines have been published with the support of members of European Schoolnet's Interactive Classroom Working Group (ICWG).

Summary of the publication

This guide will help you to undertake a journey through the four-stage process essential to build a new learning lab: from the initial thought that your school may benefit from a learning lab, through planning and implementation to use and evaluation of the impact of your own learning lab. Do not have enough time to read the entire document? Go straight to page 5 and find the most relevant and interesting sections for your needs.

What is a learning lab?

Learning spaces are flexible spaces that allow for easy reconfiguration according to the needs of the learning activity. Their mission is to host innovative learning through learning activities to incorporate pedagogy for active learning, key competences and technology-enhanced learning. A learning lab is a place for practice and reflection, but also meetings and discussions about education bringing together different stakeholders.

"Do it yourself" case studies

The guidelines are based on six case studies from Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. Each case study describes how the school went about creating a learning lab, in some cases with very limited funding. Discover each of the stories, available as separate files.

Lessons learned  

Since implementing their own learning labs, benefits observed by the case-study schools include, among many others:

  • teachers who have tried different technologies and pedagogic approaches in the learning lab are designing lessons and starting their own projects making more use of technology;
  • improved engagement with students' families;
  • students more active in the learning process;
  • sponsors wishing to publicise their involvement with the learning lab raise the profile of the school.

Visit the Future Classroom Lab website for the full guidelines and the case studies.

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