LabXchange – Connecting Students, Teachers and Educators of Life Sciences
L2C has been contacted by LabXchange to explore possible collaborations. We are excited to discover Harvard’s new learning environment. It seems inviting and full of potential. This is why we are connecting you today with this bright initiative.
Sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, LabXchange plans to build a community around the teaching and learning of science through a free online platform for global science education. The platform—which launched in January 2020—not only integrates the best of digital instruction and interactivity, but also connects students, teachers, and alumni in an online learning community for sharing and collaboration.
With an initial focus on the life sciences and related fields, LabXchange is building an intergenerational learning platform that integrates digital curricular content, dynamic experimental simulations and social networking—all to better expose students of varying backgrounds to the authentic and engaging experience of scientific discovery. LabXchange is being built on an open source platform (Open edX), and membership will always be free in order to increase the number of students exploring, succeeding in, and ultimately continuing in science.
Similar to L2C, LabXchange believes in equity, the value of scientific thinking, and the transformative power of education. It is LabXchange´s belief that every educator and every student deserve access to high-quality educational resources, and should feel empowered to take control of their learning experience.
The LabXchange digital platform consists of two components. The first is an online learning environment that provides background content in biology and research methodology, coupled with interactives and simulations that allow students to develop their ability to think scientifically. Users can also mix and match the content into individualized learning pathways, allowing them to control the learning context. The second is a social learning network that allows users to connect and share materials curated from the LabXchange repository, as well as their own research experiences in the form of case studies. The combination of high quality content with sharing capabilities allows LabXchange to integrate knowledge-based preparation for lab research, all the while building a more powerful learning community.
Based at Harvard and sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, LabXchange is well positioned to serve as a creator, curator, and convener. Their network of partners includes top-of-the-line online content providers, scientific experts from world-class institutions, and a growing community of passionate, innovative educators.
From Harvard professors and public high school educators to instructional designers and industry experts, LabXchange brings together a community of experts who are passionate and dedicated to bringing science within the reach of all. We at L2C are excited and curious to learn more about and possibly collaborate with this fascinating and promising project!
In December 2019, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) contracted PPMI in order to develop educational toolkits for fighting gender stereotypes based on example materials from the transport sector for primary and secondary school pupils. As part of this assignment and in collaboration with educational and transport stakeholders in the EU, L2C will map the existing educational toolkits and freely available online materials addressing gender stereotypes in general and in the transport sector in particular. We will gather and analyse information on current and future occupations in transport and develop and test the two toolkits in schools.
L2C will also design educational toolkits which will be available in all official 24 EU languages to help primary and secondary teachers when organising age-appropriate discussions in class to effectively address gender stereotypes and help children and youths to understand that occupations are not reserved for either women or men. Such an intervention is both needed and timely given the persistent gender segregation in both education and the labour market.
One of our members, Marta Viñes Jimeno, together with one of her students, Philine Schwering-Kühl, has been invited to participate in the Forum of the German School Academy that will be held in Berlin on 25 and 26. November 2019. Marta will hold a practical session about how project-based learning fosters the acquisition of competences for building democracy together in a digital context, showing concrete examples from her class in the session.
The central questions that will be addressed during the session include:
What about democracy?
What role does the school play in democracy?
How must school be designed to work against the current anti-democratic tendencies in society?
What problems exist in our schools with regard to the promotion of democratic competences?
Which concept of learning and performance is based on concepts of “learning democracy”?
What does “democracy” mean for teaching as well as for the design of teaching and learning processes?
The two-day nationwide forum targets educators from all types of schools, including representatives from science, education and teacher training institutions.
Learn to Change in cooperation with the Stadtteilschule Winterhude (WiR) is invited to present and facilitate at the “Democracy Fair”/“Demokratiemesse” Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 19-20 June 2019, hosted by the Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung in Hamburg (Public Centre for Civic Education (Patriotische Gesellschaft, Trostbrücke 4-6)!
The event offers a forum where children and adolescents, young and older adults can discuss current issues and issues of political education together. What political questions interest young people and young adults? What do they want to know? What possibilities exist to promote democratic participation and engagement, to shape politics and society together?
The Democracy Fair features an extensive programme of interviews, podium discussions, podcasts, graphic recordings, business games and exhibitions. The two-day forum provides information on the opportunities and possibilities of democratic participation – whether analogue or digital – with the project market and during the workshops on various projects of Hamburg educational institutions.
The students of the Stadtteilschule Winterhude (WiR) will hold three panels in an open session on gender discrimination in everyday life, the EU and what’s up to me? and on press freedom.
L2C will hold a workshop by Marta Viñes Jimeno, teacher at WiR and active member of L2C, supported by students of the WiR, on Competences for Democracy as key factor for a successful democratic culture. We will use the Cards for Democracy. Let’s play!
Check the programme here: or visit the website for more information.
Learn to Change is invited to present and facilitate at the “Education, Citizenship, World: What school for what society?” conference in Lisbon, Portugal, 28-29 June 2019.
The conference will gather education professionals, Council of Europe and international experts around the topic. L2C will hold a keynote, by Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, on The Role of Education and the challenges in a globalized World and a workshop on Cross-curriculum skills: a never-finished work.
L2C is participating in the Sociocracy Online Conference 2019 on May 2, all day!
How do we make decisions together?
Who decides what?
How do we make sure everyone is heard?
Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard will be speaking; hear her talk about how we use #sociocracy for democratic decision-making. #openspace online all day! A day of sharing, learning and connection, 20 organizations, 5 inspirational speakers.
Teachers’ Professional Development through Communities of Practice
L2C is presenting in a conference on the topic of teachers’ professional development through communities of practice. This event is organised by Strasbourg Eurometropole at the European Parliament on 25 and 26 April 2019 and aims to deepen reflections on decentralised cooperation between French and African partners. Click here for more details.
Ildikó Lázár’s used L2C’s Cards for Democracy in a workshop with educators on Community building at school for global competence development in Budapest at the AFS global conference focusing on “Global Competence: Our Future, Our Responsiblity” on September 26-28th 2018. Global competence is tested worldwide by OECD-PISA as of 2018.
The 2018 AFS Global Conference brought together leaders across sectors to set a global competence agenda for preparing students, educators, volunteers and employees with the intercultural knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. Partners of AFS Intercultural Programs for the 2018 AFS Global Conference were the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), Yidan Prize Foundation, Teach for All, World Bank, and the Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE).
The inaugural AFS Global Conference provided the first-of-its-kind opportunity for real alignment and cooperation among all sectors that have the need and the resources to develop global competence in classrooms, lecture halls and all learning and training environments that extend beyond formal education.
Learn to Change was present at a United World College short course organised in Malta in July 2018. In a workshop organised by Charlot Cassar, the young participants engaged in reflection on the competences they need to develop to become active democratic citizens that live the values that they believe in using the Cards for Democracy for all.