Apr 8

Athens & Oslo, Geography & Maths – what’s the link? Erasmus+ Teachers have the Answers!

Posted by Jackie Calderwood

What happens when Primary and Secondary School Teachers from different countries get together to apply the BEACONING solution to their own educational contexts and then collaborate? In the BEACONING training event at Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab on 4th and 5th April 2019, we found out! 10 teachers representing Primary and Secondary…

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Apr 4

Engaging With Secondary School Special Educational Needs Teachers

Posted by Jackie Calderwood

On 30th January 2019, Coventry University led a dissemination workshop for Secondary School Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers at Riverbank Academy, designed to provide access to the innovative teaching and learning solution of the BEACONING platform. The school’s support in providing time away from other commitments, and the BEACONING team’s flexibility to deliver…

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Apr 4

Engaging with Students as Metagame Co-Creators

Posted by Jackie Calderwood

The story behind the Professor Rob and Professor Tibia Gameplot narratives…. From July 2018 to January 2019 the Coventry University BEACONING team worked with two students from Coventry University Faculty of Art and Humanities: Vytautas Vasiliauskas, recent graduate in Fine Art & Illustration, and Rachael Till, first-year undergraduate in Animation and Illustration, with…

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Apr 3

Engaging with Primary School Teachers

Posted by Jackie Calderwood

In the early stages of BEACONING, Coventry University held an Exploratory Workshop with teachers from Howes Primary School to introduce gamification as an innovative teaching and learning strategy, and to create lesson scenarios to inform development of the BEACONING solution. This term, now in the mature stages of the BEACONING project, Coventry University…

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Apr 3

Engaging with University Lecturers

Posted by Jackie Calderwood

As the pilot draws to a close, we reflect on the milestones and outcomes from engagement over the past few months. At Coventry University we have worked with academic staff from disciplines that include modern languages, business administration, computing, engineering & digital technologies and social & therapeutic horticulture to break through barriers that…

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Dec 17

BEACONING Artwork Takes Off

Posted by Jackie Calderwood

Coventry University have been developing new artwork and narratives for the ‘meta-game’ plots of the BEACONING platform. Our intention was to create examples of three structured narrative formats, as a complement to the meta-game narratives already available for Teacher Authoring of Gamified Lesson Plans (GLP). Coventry University will conduct research around the use…

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Dec 17

Location Based Learning Proves Popular with Information Systems Undergraduates

Posted by Jackie Calderwood

This autumn BEACONING project researchers from Coventry University have been working with college staff and students from CU Coventry on a small pilot testing out various aspects of the platform with third year undergraduate students who are taking the Information Systems (Advanced) module. Over the six-week module, students experienced three different styles of…

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Nov 23

Beaconing Exhibited at European Parliament

Posted by Jackie Calderwood

BEACONING was one of sixteen projects showcased by invitation at the European Parliament this week for the Exhibition on Technology and Innovation for Social Good hosted by Eva Kaili S&D MEP. Over four days we had many interested visitors, excellent networking with other projects, and visits from Parliamentarians and Commissioners including information for future funding…

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