EXpanding Content And Language Integrated learning through BUilding a sustainable future in Realtime

The Erasmus+ project EXCALIBUR is about sustainability. Learners from different countries will explore this scientific topic in an intercultural setting and with the help of different linguae francae (communication languages) ​​and implement prototypical solutions to current problems in virtual worlds.

This brings together the two often separate approaches of content and language integrated learning for English and languages other than English (CLIL(LOTE)) and STEM. In addition, information and media literacy skills will be developed. Learners will acquire the skills necessary to shape our (exponential) future, including the 6Cs of Deep Learning (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, character and citizenship). At the same time, they will learn to find solutions to one of the fundamental problems that unite the international community and to shape and strengthen Europe together in the age of digital transformation. They will build on similarities and contribute their individual strengths.

The specific goal of this interdisciplinary project is to use different virtual worlds (Minetest/Minecraft, OpenSimulator, CoSpaces Edu) with the learners and to explore their opportunities and challenges together. While the learners immerse themselves in learning adventures designed by experienced experts in the field of game-based learning in cooperation with STEM and foreign language professionals, the participating teachers will receive in-depth training in the field of game-based learning. This also includes technical and pedagogical support for the implementation of the pilot projects for research purposes. This is to guarantee the sustainability of the project.

At the same time, a European network for schools will be implemented and developed over the course of the project. Its focus will be on interdisciplinary future topics, the authentic use of foreign languages ​​and game-based learning. Moreover, a training package for teachers will be created.

Project partners include

  • University of Tampere (coordinator)
  • Landesmedienzentrum Karlsruhe
  • IUL, Italy
  • University of Perugia
  • Nordik University