Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance Project UNLOCK: Creativity in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through a Game Design Approach second consortium meeting has been held in online via Zoom conference on 7th October, bringing together 25 representatives from 8 consortium institutions including University of Aveiro (Portugal), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), Muenster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), University of Granada (Spain), Bespoke (Denmark), Advancis (Portugal) and University-Industry Innovation Network (Netherlands).
The day meeting covered the progress of the deliverables and the status of the research phase with input from all partners. In addition to the sessions dedicated for the project related decision-making and discussions, the consortium has had the opportunity to host Annabelle Beyer from the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, to present the team about the simulation laboratory Think Space she coordinates and its didactic features. Selected as one of the good practices among the UNLOCK Project case study collection, Think Space represents a unique example as an educational escape room in its integration with the entrepreneurship course module to investigate the concept of uncertainty, and collaboration with the Escape Room company “Think Square” for its modern infrastructure and game design. As part of the presentation the discussions have focused on the impact of the COVID19 into the escape room operations and the systematic analysis of the student behaviour that take place through video recordings. On behalf of the consortium we would like to thank Ms. Beyer for her participation and very interesting insights she has shared regarding the working principles of Think Space.
The first project results on the status-quo of the educational escape room games in the European context will be made available online in October 2021 via project website un-lock.eu, as well as an Online Forum taking place in the same month.