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Living Labs

Living Labs as Innovation Hubs


Living Labs

as Innovation Hubs
  • User-Centered Design: Living Labs (LLs) are innovative environments focusing on real-life settings, where users are central to the development process.

  • Open Ecosystems: These labs function as open innovation ecosystems, employing iterative feedback processes to create sustainable impacts.

Their role in EU GreW Project
  • Intermediary Function: Within the EU GreW project, LLs serve as intermediaries, linking teachers, schools, local authorities, and communities.

  • Support by EEPEK Association: The EEPEK association's expert team will assist participants in organizing Living Labs in their countries, providing methodology, planning, and expert involvement, both in-person and online.

  • Diverse Participation: Involving various community members (teachers, parents, school authorities, students, etc.), these labs aim to create collaborative, real-world activities.

Goals and Implementation
  • Extensive Training: The project targets training up to 5000 teachers across Europe, enhancing their skills in practical, collaborative activities.

  • Supervision by Experts: Dr. Anagnostopoulou from Aristotle University, with expertise in LL methodology, will oversee these labs.

  • Methodological Approach: The LLs will include:

    • Research and Experimentation: Tackling real-world sustainability and climate change problems.
    • Collaborative Learning: Encouraging teamwork among educators, students, and experts for innovative solutions.
    • Design Thinking: Implementing a problem-solving approach that includes empathy, prototyping, and iteration.
    • Hands-On Learning: Applying theoretical knowledge in practical scenarios.
    • Interdisciplinary Learning: Incorporating various disciplines to enhance learning experiences.
    • Outcome Assessment: The project will culminate in an evaluation and reporting of the results.
Wider Impact
  • Multiplier Effect: Initially, 70 teachers receiving primary education at the Summer School will act as multipliers, extending the project's reach to regional and national levels.

  • Resource Sharing: All materials developed during the Summer School will be accessible to participants, with online meetings to discuss methodology and application.

Through these Living Labs, the EU GreW project aims to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical, real-world activities, significantly expanding the scope and impact of teacher training in addressing critical global issues.

EU Grew Living Labs