• Posted 22-Mar-2021

UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY: EXPERIENTIAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING THROUGH DIGITAL ESCAPE ROOMS

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly, and in particular the informal Creative Technologies Learning Lab, designs innovative digital experiential learning activities for vocational training.

The activities will prepare trainers to address emerging learning design challenges in today's ever evolving professional environment that introduces the need for lifelong learning aiming at the continuous renewal of professionals' qualifications in a way that enhances their future employment prospects.

The proposed learning intervention implements innovative skill development practices based on digital escape rooms. The method offers learning benefits through active learning, interaction, and enhancing the internal motivation of professionals to participate in educational processes that contribute to the building of basic knowledge and soft skills, such as problem solving, communication, and critical thinking, and enhance their professional profile thus broadening their employment choices. As part of the learning intervention, educational content aimed at teachers is also developed aiming at enhancing their skills in the practical application of digital escape rooms in learning processes as well as in the creation of their own related activities.

The learning intervention is carried out within the framework of the research project ELMET: Experimental Learning Methodologies addressing Vulnerable Employed and Employed People (http://elmetproject.eu) funded by the European Commission's Erasmus+ programme and implemented from 2020 to 2022.

In addition to the University of Thessaly, educational organisations from Spain, Cyprus, and Bulgaria participate in the research project.

Source: University of Thessaly (https://bit.ly/3r4OKmF)