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The Digital Learning Across Boundaries (DLAB) Erasmus+ KA2-project addresses the need to align European educational practice with ways in which digital technology is changing how and what we learn, and how we apply this in education.

The purpose of this project is to promote digital learning across the boundaries of physical spaces, across curriculum subjects and across languages and cultures, to facilitate collaborative learning across national boundaries.

Digital learning across boundaries (DLAB)

Over three years we have adopted three ‘learning across boundaries’ themes:

  • Technology Outdoors: bridging formal and informal learning by extending learning beyond traditional classroom spaces and supporting learners with disadvantaged backgrounds by managing transitions positively through collaborative outdoor learning experiences.
  • Stem to SteAm: adding the Arts to the integrated study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths creating inter-disciplinary challenge-based online learning resources.
  • Technology Enabled CLIL: using curriculum contexts to teach language competencies and cultural sensitivity with aim of meeting the language needs of a diversity of learners, including learners for whom English is an additional language (EAL/EFL).

Our target groups are from across four European countries and include:

  • lecturers in Higher Education Initial Teacher Training programmes
  • trainee primary teachers
  • in-service primary teachers
  • and primary-aged pupils

All groups work together in order to demonstrate how the innovative use of technology can quickly influence the curriculum at a number of levels. We aim to approach our three themes in an aspirational way by involving local cultural institutions and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The main aims are to:

  • Develop a strategic partnership consisting of teacher educators, teachers, trainee teachers, school pupils and representatives from cultural institutions and SMEs, to explore how teacher education can accelerate innovation.
  • Promote digital learning beyond boundaries across physical spaces, traditional curriculum subjects, and languages and cultures, and so have an impact on teaching and learning across school and university sectors.

The partnership also aims to develop:

  • a Digital Leader programme for teacher education institutions.
  • the digital competences of participants across the project themes.
  • eTwinning project materials based on the project themes in cross-national teams.
  • connectedness via face-to-face events based on the concept of Digital Playdates, linking educational and cultural institutions, and SMEs.
  • a MOOC on each of the three themes, extending the scope of the project materials

Participating higher education institutions:

  • Howest teacher training department, Bruges (Belgium)
  • University College of Northern Denmark (Denmark)
  • University of Northampton (UK)
  • Ostfold University College (Norway)

+ primary and secondary schools from different countries:

  • Middle School Bruges (Belgium)
  • Klarup Skole (Denmark)
  • Spetalen Skole (Norway)
  • Standens Barn (UK)

+ different cultural and educational partners