UNLOCK’s Consortium meets in Amsterdam: drawing lessons learned and future opportunities
The 6th Transnational Partners Meeting took place in Amsterdam, on December 5-6, 2022, and was hosted by the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN).
During one day and a half, 14 representatives from all the partners came together to discuss and decide upon the remaining activities and outcomes of the project, but also to envision ways to exploit it and expand its results beyond its lifespan.
All the partners were consensual about the positive challenges and gains of this joint venture, the innovation promoted by the project and its outcomes in each of the contexts and organizations, the raised awareness about EER, and the need to continue this endeavour through maintaining the connections that stemmed from this experience, as well as the opportunities to continue working together in this domain.
The final (online) conference of the UNLOCK project was held in November 28-29, 2022, and involved a total of 46 speakers, and 17 internal facilitators/moderators, who led 29 conference activities, such as: talks, workshops, mini sessions, and online Educational Escape Rooms.
There were 119 participants registered to the Zoom platform, coming from 24 countries from all over the world, who attended a total of 13 hours of presentations, discussions, debates and hands-on activities.
Participants are currently responding to the post-conference survey, so we will soon share their feedback on our social media. Meanwhile – if you missed it – you can watch all the conference sessions here: https://www.un-lock.eu/conference.html
UNLOCK runs an escape room on "populism and European citizenship" at the University of Aveiro
The 1st edition of the "Bootcamp Grow EU" took place at the University of Aveiro, between 9th and 10th November 2022. This initiative was aimed at young people in Higher Education. Students from different areas, including Marketing, Economics and Engineering, had the opportunity to reflect together on European priorities and policies and discuss the future of the European project.
Among the different activities organised during the Bootcamp, the Unlock project organised an escape room on "populism and European citizenship". A total of 15 students, divided into 4 groups, were challenged to complete an escape mission to find out who was the populist leader, infiltrated in the ministry and who was threatening democracy in "Liechtenstein" fictitious country created on Twitter. The fastest team solved the mission in 30 minutes and won the challenge. After the activity, students reported that they were able to put soft skills in place, such as teamwork, leadership, creativity, critical thinking and time management.
E-Teaching Fellowship of the Münster University of Applied Sciences integrates UNLOCK's outcomes
Educational Escape Room as part of the study orientation at the Universidad de la Rioja CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
The E-Teaching Fellowship of the Münster University of Applied Sciences is incorporating UNLOCK's MOOC materials into its contents, which will allow HEI educators to "get to know proven game principles and building blocks of the concept. In addition to the self-study materials, the online course offers guidelines, best practice recommendations and an international community for the exchange of learning content. In the second phase of the fellowship, [the participants] will work on a prototype for [their] own teaching and benefit from the exchange with other interested colleagues at [their] university.
Know more from the national news: https://www.fh-muenster.de/wandelwerk/hochschuldidaktik/weiterbildung-lehrende/e-teaching-fellowship.php
The University of Aveiro took UNLOCK to the 7th Inter-institutional pedagogical development days. More than 70 HEI staff and educators were very impressed with the project's achievements and eager to explore it further, as well as to participate in our upcoming MOOC!
Link to the national news: https://www.ua.pt/pt/noticias/11/77739?fbclid=IwAR0bcCatf9iwVviuypGv4j-ykTBaqnLOrTZKhxXQeyRy0t9dvo3L15Yk-QM
Towards a final version of the MOOC – Feedback from the participants of the pilots
More than 80 people enrolled in the MOOC pilots, coming from different countries in the world (Denmark, Egypt, Germany, India, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the UK).
Some of them kindly agreed to record their thoughts about this experience, and this video is the selected compilation of their contributions.
Call for submissions - Unlocking creative & innovative teaching in Higher Education Institutions
Submit your work by the 26th of September and participate in our final conference in November 28-29, 2022, in Amsterdam!
All the information you need is in the conference webpage, so check it out!
Escape Room Games - in place