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Duration: 4/5/2021 to 28/2/2023
Principal Investigator: Stathi Iasmi
Budget: 33,467.74 €
Funding: European Commission ERASMUS+

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This project is under the ERASMUS+ call related to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. It aims to provide unique science learning opportunities to school communities by establishing new forms of collaboration between schools, Natural History and Science Museums, and Science Centers to contribute to the access and sharing of digital tools, services, and educational repositories. The project will include a collection of innovative activities in blended learning formats, based on the Open Schooling Model, and designed according to the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation, addressing accessibility to wider context of the Universal Design of Learning (UDL).

VIRTUAL PATHWAYS will incorporate student-centered methodologies such as exploration and inquiry learning to improve students’ problem-solving skills, while increasing their interest in STEM subjects. The project will also provide opportunities for teachers to develop their professional expertise by learning the use and adaptation of design thinking, project-based teaching, inquiry-based learning (IBL), collaborative learning, as well as teaching techniques that introduce interdisciplinary learning.

The educational pathways to be designed will cover various subject areas such as the Natural History of Europe, the first Scientific Revolution with Galileo’s discoveries, the Nobel Prize ideas that changed the world and today’s challenges related to climate change and the loss of Biodiversity. The project will be implemented in a pilot phase in 200 schools in the 4 partners’ countries (Finland, Sweden, Italy and Greece).

They will have the structure “pre-visit, during the visit and post-visit” and will refer to the out-of-school education.

The Natural History Museum of Crete-University of Crete will develop five (5) virtual educational pathways, in Greek and English, based on school programs implemented in its exhibition halls and will coordinate the deliverable IO2: Virtual Pathways.

The five (5) virtual pathways of NHMC-UOC in English can be found below: