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Welcome to the European Open Schooling Network

Inspire, Connect & find Support

Connecting the Open School Community

Inspire, Connect and find Support: This is the aim of the European Open Schooling Network (EOSnet), an association of participants or people interested in participating in Open Schooling projects.

But what exactly is Open Schooling?

“Open Schooling (is) where schools, in cooperation with other stakeholders, become an agent of community well-being: families are encouraged to become real partners in school life and activities; professionals from enterprise, civil and wider society are actively involved in bringing real-life projects into the classroom.”

Science Education for Responsible CitizenshipEuropean Commission

Let’s bring Open Schooling to life!

School-Community-Projects from all over Europe will inspire you. Connect with like-minded individuals and groups and discuss how co-creation processes can increase students’ desire to learn and their interest in science. Find support and benefit from resources and experiences: teaching materials, pedagogical guidelines and step-by-step instructions from European Open Schooling projects that make it easy to implement School-Community-Projects.

Open the doors of the classrooms now and join the EOSnet!

Find Inspiration

Get to know Existing Open Schooling Communities

What is an Open Schooling Community?

In an Open Schooling Community a teacher and their students join forces with citizens – parents, neighbours, volunteers and professionals from local businesses, organisations or the community. Together they work on a project addressing an environmental issue affecting their community. We call them School-Community-Projects.

This involves working on eye level and incorporating the imagination, experience and knowledge of all participants. The jointly developed solutions are then presented to the public together. There are no limits to creativity and the choice of medium!

Open School Communities already exist in many places in Europe!

The Life of a School Community

In School-Community-Projects (SCP) a wide range of questions are explored such as: How did our waste behavior change during the corona pandemic? How can plastic waste be reduced? What effects does it have if we buy things second hand?

What all the projects have in common is that everyone has contributed their knowledge, their experience and their perspective – and in the end there is a result that contributes to a sustainable approach to our environment, but also to our society.

Find inspiration in past and current SCP's stories

Learn more about the OStogether Initative

EOSNet is part of the project MOST (Meaningful Open Schooling Connects Schools To Communities) and has received funding from European Horizon 2020 Programme. Together with eight other EU funded projects we are part of the joint initiative OStogether. Together we want to raise awareness on the opportunities of Open Schooling and on the different methodologies to implement this concept.

To give you more inspiration and a comprehensive overview of current Open Schooling activities, we present and link our partner projects below.

Sharing the same goal, we developed common channels to raise awareness on the opportunities of open schooling and on the different methodologies to implement this concept. Find our latest guidelines, best practices, research outcomes, and upcoming events by following @OStogether on Twitter and Facebook as well as by signing up for the Open Schooling together newsletter.

 

More Open Schooling Initiatives

Make it Open

Make it Open aims to develop a sustainable infrastructure of open schooling in Europe based on the approach of the maker movement. The project will introduce maker education, citizen science, and constructionism learning as transformative approaches to teach and learn STEAM in a more tangible, applicable, and appealing way. It is an approach that positions student self-efficacy, agency, and interest at the center, asking students to see themselves as people who can ask, develop, test, iterate and take part in shaping the world.
Make it Open will create open schooling hubs in 10 European countries where more than 150 schools will collaborate with families, private companies, and civil society organizations, using the maker movement approaches to solve real challenges in and with the community. A MOOC will be offered to teachers to encourage the uptake of the project’s results. It will also contribute to establishing an online community of open schooling educators.

Coordinator: Bloomfield Science Museum, Israel

SALL

SALL – Schools As Living Labs – project proposes the living lab methodology as a technique for the development of open schooling activities linked to science learning in Europe’s schools. This is demonstrated through activities prioritizing a focus on the theme of the food system and its links to the Food 2030 research and innovation policy of the European Union.
The SALL team members come from diverse worlds: schools, universities and research organisations, science centres, NGOs, and business. They join forces with the stakeholder community in order to co-create, implement and evaluate new ways for schools to partner with their local communities and become agents of community well-being through their involvement in co-creative research and innovation in real-life settings.

Coordinator: Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece

OpenScience Hub

The Open Science Hub project engages schools and local stakeholders in using research and innovation as a tool to tackle local relevant challenges and contributing to sustainable community development. Importantly, OSHubs are being created in communities that traditionally do not engage with research and innovation due to various barriers – geographical location, socio-economic status, ethnic minority groups.
For that, OSHubs work as mediators in each local community – as school-driven Science Shops –, facilitating the bridge between the needs of the schools and their local context, and supporting them to become active agents for collaboration between families, universities, industry, local governments, civil and wider society, by engaging in real life projects that meet societal needs.

Coordinator: Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

PHERECLOS

PHERECLOS builds upon the experience of Children’s Universities (CUs) in Europe and beyond. Due to their engagement with children and young people, they help to breakdown institutional boundaries between universities and the wider society. CU often sit between key organisations in the educational and social landscape, collaborating with both.

The project will establish “Local Education Clusters” (LECs), bringing together schools and further relevant actors in the educational ecosystem of 6 diverse pilot regions. These actors may be universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations, companies, charities, museums or other knowledge providers. The LECs will be incubators for enabling dialogue and for setting-up joint activities between these organisations at the overlapping edges of formal and non-formal education.

At the same time, the project aims to improve the quality of science engagement. PHERECLOS will implement a digital “OpenBadge” system which labels institutions as reliable and responsive actors allowing all LEC parties to become real agents of change in education. At the same time, this ecosystem will highlight individual achievements with respect to STEAM engagement.

PULCHRA

PULCHRA aims to explore the open schooling concept through the theme “Cities as urban ecosystems” by facilitating participation of citizens of all ages in scientific discovery; by building a learning, exploring and activation network; by developing knowledgeable, innovative and participatory communities; and by exploring common issues related to the city as an urban ecosystem through specially designed City Challenges.
City Science Teams are being created in schools with the participation of stakeholders from the wider community. These City Science Teams will scientifically investigate local issues related to cities as urban ecosystems in collaboration with the local community, professionals and other key stakeholders. An online City Challenges Platform facilitates the exchange of information and ideas between participants and partners across the PULCHRA network, promoting the open-schooling participatory focus of the project

Coordinator: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Connect

We all want more young people to aspire to a career in science, and to be able to think scientifically in their everyday life. Yet the traditional curriculum results in too many students thinking is that ‘science is not for me’. What can we do? According to recent research, these students lack ‘science capital’, especially those from disadvantaged groups. The solution is to add more opportunities into the curriculum for these students to see what scientists do, to talk science with their families, and to appreciate the impact of science on the world.
CONNECT will provide these missing opportunities in the form of add-ons to existing units. that tick many curriculum boxes and are easy for teachers to use:

  • Real-world challenges
  • Future-oriented support from a scientist
  • Engaging family activities
  • Fun tasks to apply science ideas
  • Inclusive strategies for teaching skills
  • Competence-based assessment

Coordinator: The Open University and EXUS, United Kingdom

Seas

SEAS – Science Education for Action and Engagement towards Sustainability – project aims to develop scientific literacies and agencies for solving complex and interdisciplinary sustainability challenges in their local communities. SEAS facilitates collaboration between schools and local communities facing sustainability challenges through open schooling designs and  establishes a flexible and open-ended toolkit of concepts, tools (CChallenge, SenseMaker, LORET, etc) and methods (ChangeLab, Social Design Experiments, etc) designed to support the establishment and development of open-schooling networks where teachers and students can work together with out-of-school partners. Six open-schooling networks have been established in Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Italy, Norway and Sweden.

Coordinator: University of Oslo, Norway

Connect with us

Join one of our EOSnet Activities

Open Schooling is about cooperation, co-creation, exchange and working jointly at eye level. When working together on real-world problems, everyone learns from, about and with each other: A scientific approach that takes into account different perspectives, applies what is learned and creates shared responsibility.

This can be implemented in many ways. Here are three ways to become active.

1. EOSNet on eTwinning

Would you like to get in touch with other teachers from across Europe? Are you looking for people who you can talk to about projects, topics and experiences around Open Schooling activities? Are you interested in international exchange and cooperation? Are you curious and open minded to innovative ideas?

Join the EOSnet group on eTwinning (starting in November 2021) and network with teachers from across Europe!

What?

eTwinning is the community for schools in Europe. eTwinning offers a platform for teachers to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and to be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe. The EOSnet group links all teachers involved or interested in Open Schooling. Welcome!

Why?

Meet like-minded colleagues, exchange experiences, share ideas and discuss results! Bring your students together with other classes in Europe – here you can find Open Schooling teachers from across Europe to network with and tools to set up new projects.

How?

Register, connect, explore and be open to collaboration and opportunities to share!

2. Become an Open Schooling community!

The EU funded project MOST (Meaningful Open Schooling Connect Schools To Communities, 2020 – 2023) is the starting point for the EOSnet: Within the frame of the project, schools and citizens from a range of backgrounds jointly launch school-community projects in key regions of ten European countries.

What?

In a school-community-project (SCP), teachers and their students are working together with citizens to tackle an environmental challenge which is relevant for their community. See the best practices from ten European countries.

Why?

School-community projects meet real needs in the community outside school and draw upon local expertise and experience. Leaning in and working together with the real world creates more meaning and more motivation for learners and teachers. Tear down the walls of your classroom and broaden your horizons!

How?

On this website, you will find inspiration, resources and exchange within the community:

Take a look at the INCREASE Trail Map: The step-by-step manual guides you when planning and implementing a school-community project.
The MOST Pedagogical Guidelines provides you pedagogical and scientific materials that can be used as educational basis to run a school-community project.
Visit the EOSnet community on etwinnings and exchange with teachers who have already conducted SCPs.

Are you ready to start your individual school-community-project? Contact us directly. Please write to your National MOST advisor or to the MOST Project Office. We look forward to hearing your ideas and supporting you!

3. Attend the European MOST conference!

The European MOST conference takes place in spring 2023 at Naturalis in Leiden in the Netherlands.

More information will follow soon. Stay tuned and visit the event website, closer to the date: https://www.naturalis.nl/en

What?

In this European conference, the MOST project team will demonstrate best practices of activity formats which worked well for the SCPs and were best evaluated by participants. They will also present research results on Open Schooling impact on participants and give recommendations for future implementation. The focus is on creating an inspirational space for attendees, using formats such as science slams, a science market, open discussion groups, a policy seminar, workshops and world café.

Why?

This will function as a unique opportunity to foster expertise and to engage in networking and the sharing of research findings from the SCPs to efficiently promote Open Schooling all around Europe.

How?

Best practices, SCP award winners and experiences will be presented, policy makers and other high-level stakeholders invited to connect all levels of Open Schooling – students and teachers, higher education providers such as universities, citizens, companies and policy makers.

Guidance and Support

We are here to help you on your way to becoming an Open Schooling Community

Guidance

You can find practical guidance, pedagogical guidelines and further materials that have been developed within the MOST project, but also in other Open Schooling projects. Take what is helpful to you and leave the rest!

Contact & Support

Please contact us. We are happy to support you! You can also find direct contact for individual advice here. Our National MOST Advisors look forward to answering your questions.

Manual: The INCREASE-Trail Map for Open Schools

This manual for planning and performing a school-community-projects (SCPs) describes important steps that teachers should be consider when implementing a SCP. The MOST open schooling approach comprises a 5-step process that aims to engage students and citizens in co-creation activities and to design and implement joint projects.

The final version of the manual will present best practice examples of materials from partners across Europe and will be available for download here in the course of the project (coming soon!).

Pedagogical Guidelines

This guide provides pedagogical and scientific materials that can be used as educational basis to run School Community Projects (SCPs). It introduces co-creation processes and collaborative working methods, as well as provide information on pedagogical concepts we recommend applying, especially for involving girls. It should be used in parallel with the manual mentioned above.

The final version of the guidelines will present best practice examples of materials from partners across Europe and will be available for download here in the course of the project.

Guidelines for MOST Fairs and setting up regional partnerships

MOST fairs are organised at the regional level to maximize impact and strengthen regional efficacy. They are intended to connect different School Community Projects within a region and how schools may serve as agents of community well-being.

If you are planning to organise similar fairs in other regional contexts and/or disciplines, this guide will enable you to do so. It further provides recommendations for setting up a sustainable Open Schooling network in the region.

The final version of the Guidelines will present best practice examples of materials from partners across Europe and will be available for download here in the course of the project.

Further Resources

Would You LIKE TO READ ON?

The EU funded project OSOS – Open Schools for Open Societies (2018-2020) has laid an important foundation for the concept of the OS. Here you can find more information and guidance on how to turn a school into an open school.

An open school is a more engaging environment for learning and makes a vital contribution to the community: student projects meet real needs in the community outside school and draw upon local expertise and experience. And finally: learning in and together with the real world creates more meaning and more motivation for learners and teachers.

On the website you find an Open Schooling Roadmap which gives a concrete overview of the implementation of open schooling approaches as well as a broad range of inspiring projects across Europe.

Further information and resources on the topic of Open Schooling can also be found at our partner projects. Check them out!

National MOST Advisors

National MOST Advisors

Lucas Weinberg

University of Innsbruck

Austria

Svatava Janouskova

Charles University

Czech Republic

Sabrina Deck

ICSE at University of Education Freiburg

Germany

Michiel Doorman

Utrecht University

Netherlands

Marytė Skakauskienė

National Education Agency

Lithuania

Marie-Ana Jones

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Norway

Ana Maria Abril

Universidad de Jaén

Spain

Jesper Boesen

Jönköping University

Sweden

Metin Sardag

Hacettepe University

Turkey

THE INTERNATIONAL MOST OFFICE

If you did not find an advisor for your country, please feel free to contact the MOST Project Office. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sabine Mickler

ICSE at University of Education Freiburg

MOST Coordinator / Project Office

The EOSNet Community

Join our network to engage with and benefit from our members' experience and expertise

We invite all actors in the field of Open Schooling to network, exchange results and experiences and to further develop and promote the idea of Open Schooling. Whether you are a teacher, a parent, an active citizen, a business representative, a non-formal learning provider, a university, a school leader or a policy maker, we want you to become a part of the European Open Schoolnet (EOSnet)!

Take the first step now, by signing-up for our EOSnet Mailing List:

MEMBERS & SUPPORTERS

For data protection reasons, we are currently only listing institutions. If you wish to be listed as an individual, please contact us.

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN!

Do you want to be part of the EOSnet? Do you want to share your own story? Or are you ready to start your own SCP?

We want to hear from you and are here to support you!

Contact us if you want your project featured on this website or for individual advice and guidance in implementing your own Open Schooling project.

Contact us now!

Find Your national Most advisor

THE INTERNATIONAL MOST OFFICE

If you did not find an advisor for your country, please feel free to contact the MOST Project Office. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sabine Mickler

ICSE at University of Education Freiburg

MOST Coordinator / Project Office

The creation of these resources has been funded with the support of the Horizon2020 programme of the European Union under grant no. 871155. The European Union/European Commission is neither responsible for the content nor liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.

 

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