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The wonderful world of prospects: Strolling by means of the humanities and sciences


OTA challenge arose from a necessity felt throughout the specific and delicate second of the pandemic, which led tutorial establishments to seriously change their method to the tutorial discipline. Colleges, like different establishments, have been known as to be extra versatile to beat the hole created by social distance and never hinder the cognitive and social improvement of pupils.

Lockdown was a tough shock in everybody’s life; the change of habits, the dearth of human interplay, the concern of regarding different people who isolation triggered – particularly in youthful generations, who skilled hopelessness and despair.

That is the context by which the challenge concept of OTA is rooted. The challenge counts on the participation of 4 European states – Slovenia, Finland, Cyprus, and Italy – collaborating on the event of a strategy geared toward encouraging and stimulating the educational of STEAM topics by exploiting the digital potential.

An in-depth evaluation was carried out in every nation evaluating the totally different curricula, tutorial methods, experiences, and opinions of main and secondary college lecturers on on-line educating and the STEAM method.

The info coming from this evaluation confirms in toto the social framework simply described, nevertheless it additionally unveils a change in perspective, exhibiting that OTA goals are completely according to the present historic interval.

Colleges have needed to handle and face an actual revolution in educating. OTA needs to be a part of the change and suggest a “revolution” within the STEAM methodology, to mix it with the necessity to introduce and exploit on-line educating.

Subsequently, OTA responds to 2 crucial wants: to discover a inventive and interactive strategy to educate, with diversified and on-line supplies, and to make use of clear and structured assets that don’t weigh on the shoulders of lecturers however are prepared to make use of.

Reinventing a career akin to educating, having to change from a conventional methodology by which college students can be taught, socialize, and experiment to a digital mannequin has been fairly complicated. The dearth of instruments or supplies prepared for use on-line has created issues in educating and stimulating college students’ curiosity. As highlighted by one of many lecturers interviewed by a companion of OTA: “Direct contact between pupils and lecturers was essential in that disorienting interval, and expertise allowed them to work shortly to make sure distance studying, in addition to to experiment with a brand new and different language to the standard one.”

Time administration throughout distance studying additionally generated considerations and stress for lecturers as they discovered themselves adapting the extensive curriculum to a brand new means of educating. OTA’s evaluation reveals a robust curiosity by lecturers in the opportunity of making the most of ready-to-use supplies. As talked about, lecturers are already overworked of their work, and desirous about additional supplies that consider, for instance, the opportunity of having some college students on-line and others in presence, may be very difficult.

In addition to, for OTA, it’s important to supply lecturers and college students modern instruments and supplies that enable them to make use of “artwork as extra than simply an illustrative instance.” In actual fact, the overwhelming majority of interviewed lecturers imagine that utilizing a inventive method may make their classes extra fascinating for college kids, not for the ultimate consequence however for the cognitive course of that accompanies the scholars.

When combining science with artwork, the intention is to not assess a challenge made by the scholar, or their skill to attract; artwork can be utilized as a software to attain goals and outcomes, not as an end-a. With an interdisciplinary STEAM methodology, as promoted by OTA, college students is not going to solely be “receptors” of information however may even be capable to create data due to empirical and hands-on experiences. College students will turn into lively topics within the studying course of, with higher motivation to be taught and a significant likelihood of realizing their potential and skills.

As Albert Einstein stated: “The place the world ceases to be the scene of our private hopes and desires, the place we face it as free beings admiring, asking, observing, there we enter the realm of Artwork and Science… widespread to each is love and devotion to that which transcends private considerations and volition”.

So, let’s go forward! Let’s enable our pupils to create new areas for exchanging concepts and studying, let’s transcend the recognized and open to the countless prospects that science and creativity can deliver us.

In regards to the OTA challenge:

OTA challenge is included inside Name 2020 Spherical 1 KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and Alternate of Good Practices.

The consortium consists of 6 companions from 4 European nations:

  • Izobrazevalni heart Geoss d.o.o. (Slovenia, coordinator)
  • Narodna galerija (Slovenia)
  • Osnovna sola Litija (Slovenia)
  • INNOVADE LI LTD (Cyprus)
  • Tiedekeskussäätiö (Finland)
  • CESIE (Italy)

All outcomes achieved by the OTA challenge will probably be made public on the web site:

In regards to the writer

Bruna Giunta is a challenge supervisor in CESIE. For a few years, she labored within the discipline of schooling, particularly in tasks countering college dropout and social exclusion. She has developed her competences having labored in native in addition to worldwide cooperation tasks. She needs to create new methods for educating that emphasize the important position of faculties within the schooling of kids.

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