As the European Commission’s Rethinking Education initiative has identified, the ‘digital revolution brings important opportunities for education’. It has also argued for the need ‘to scale-up use of ICT in learning and teaching’. This requires innovation, work to ‘define how, when and where ICT can be used effectively in pedagogical and assessment approaches’ and activities to support teachers and learners to increase their digital competence.
In this line, the CONSTRUIT! project aims at introducing new principles and tools for a computing practice that enables educators and learners to collaborate in creating live interactive resources (“construals”) that serve as personal, shareable ‘working models’ or understandings. Such a practice is more accessible than conventional programming but more expressive and powerful than conventional uses of ICT. Its adoption will lead to the online development of open educational resources that can be flexibly modified by educators and learners alike to give exceptionally rich support for blending educational practices combining instruction and construction.
The project will produce
- a curriculum for ‘making construals’,
- open source online instrument for making construals,
- a comprehensive set of resources in the form of examples to the support ‘making construals’ and to illustrate how construals can be used to create Open Educational Resources
- documented case studies of learning experiments
- a report contextualising ‘making construals’, relating it to other work, identifying its qualities and limitations, detailing its potential for application, strategic significance for teaching and learning in Europe, and future prospects
Though CONSTRUIT! is focused on a practical objective and is not in itself a research project, the activities that we organise will provide an exceptionally rich context for studying learning in a wide variety of ways.