The project partners are:
- Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Manchester Metropolitan University was awarded university status in 1992 and is part of the largest higher education campus in the UK and one of the most extensive education centres in Europe. With a history dating back 150 years, we have a combination of the traditional and the contemporary that sets the University apart. We are the UK’s third most popular University, receiving over 48,000 applications per year and we offer over 1,000 courses and qualifications, many with a strong professional bias. We have the highest concentration of postgraduate taught courses in the North West of England and have links with over 70 professional bodies and associations recognising both the quality and practical focus of our course provision.
The Institute of Education at MMU is a leading UK centre for educational research and study. It is the major provider of initial training and continuing professional development in the North West of England and is one of the largest teacher education establishments in the country. The Institute houses the Educational and Social Research Institute (ESRI), which is an important and expanding centre of excellence in educational research and evaluation, with a thriving research community. It is committed to research-enriched professional practice and aims to offer the best and most innovative approaches to research-informed professionalism in the UK, across a growing range of professional areas. It received the highest grading of any of the new universities in the last research Assessment Exercise, and its research degree training is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Its research degrees programmes attract students with a range of interests, from a wide range of ages, from the UK and overseas.
The CREATE research group in ESRI focuses on research in digital cultures, emerging technology and educational change, and has particular expertise in the use of computer games for learning with adults. MMU will coordinate the project activities and web site, as well as hosting a project workshop and the end-of-project conference.
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), founded in 1425, is Belgium’s largest university. As a leading European research university, it offers a wide variety of academic programmes in Dutch and English, nurtured by high quality interdisciplinary research, both at the university and at its internationally acclaimed university hospitals. More than 6,000 researchers from over 120 countries participate in curiosity-driven and strategic frontier research, as well as targeted and demand-driven research. The university’s interaction and co-operation with external partners is very intense.
The K.U.Leuven considers the Equal Opportunities Policy, defined in the broadest meaning of ‘diversity’, to be an important theme. Related to this project, the university attracts a growing number of elder students who combine study and work and who can rely on flexible measures such as adapted programs, spread of exams, evening classes, digital learning, etc.
The research group of the Teacher Training in Health Science Education is actively engaged in research and development projects, designing and testing new learning aids for use in formal and informal education. The focal point is the concept of games-based learning in the domain of health sciences and health education. The main aim of the research group is to improve the tools and resources for learning for adults. As a result a game on first aid for adults has been designed and optimized in didactic research and will become available in the summer of 2011.
As an expert in educative training and in didactic research in games-based learning in health sciences education, the KULeuven as partner will contribute in sharing this expertise and by employing her contacts with other Flemish institutions showing expertise in this field (such as DiGRA, IBBT, GroepT, KHKempen, KHLim).
- Wissenschaftliche Hochschule Lahr, Germany. The Wissenschaftliche Hochschule Lahr (WHL) is part of the AKAD network of Higher Education institutions, which provide extra-occupational courses on a blended learning basis (course books, block seminars, ‘virtual university’). The students are thus usually between 30 and 40 years of age. The WHL offers Master degrees in business management and business education for about 600 students.
The course in business education, which is organized by the Department of Business Education and Education Management, prepares students for adult education, secondary and vocational schools, in-house further education as well as Human Resource development.
The Department of Business Education and Education Management has a strong research focus in the fields of adult and economic education as well as in and game-based and computer-based learning.
Different business games are used in the WHL courses in management as well as in business education (e.g. TANGO). The WHL has been the conceptually leading partner of a previous MLP which developed board games to foster entrepreneurial competences (www.seeagame.eu).
Thus the WHL will contribute to the project in relation to its practical and theoretical experiences in the field of game design and the conduct of business games. It will host a project meeting focussed on the educational effect of business games on adults. The WHL particularly intends to involve a small set of interested students/learners to take part in the work and the meetings of the learning partnership.