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Visual, entertaining and student-centered - the Go-Lab online platform encourages students to engage in critical debates.

Go-Lab: Learning together yet individually

Gymnase du Bugnon Lausanne, Switzerland
The integration of the Go-Lab learning application allows students to participate more actively as well as interactively in class, to learn independently, to try things out and examine new findings critically.

What is Go-Lab: Learning together yet individually?

Philippe Kobel
“If you want the students to learn something and understand concepts, they must be able to participate in the lessons. Go-Lab gives them this opportunity.”

Philippe Kobel

The students of Philippe Kobel, a physics teacher at the Gymnase du Bugnon in Lausanne, learn, experiment and work using Go-Lab applications and videos. Their feedback speaks volumes: Go-Lab is visual, easy to grasp, and you can work independently. This student- centered model also allows students to move at their own pace of learning and feel successful.

About six years ago, Philippe Kobel contacted Prof. Denis Gillet from EPFL, who was developing applications for the European Go-Lab platform. Kobel was initially doubtful as to whether online and interactive possibilities would be more useful than the traditional methods. Over the years, the physicist explored the possibilities of Go-Lab in depth and was even appointed national ambassador for the award- winning learning platform in 2017.

Compared to traditional teaching, where the students try to keep up with the  pace set by the class and teacher, which is often unsuccessful, they consider the Go-Lab form "more dynamic and less sleep-inducing". "It stimulated our critical thinking. We discussed a lot in groups because we didn’t always agree on what the solution should be," student Kevin recalls of a Go-Lab lesson. This is similar to Philippe Kobel’s idea and experience: "If you want the students to learn something and understand concepts, they must be able to participate in the lessons. Go-Lab gives them this opportunity."

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16 - 18
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The goal is to increase students' autonomy in their own learning process by creating and using different online activities. The aim is to achieve scientific and critical thinking skills through experimenting.

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Learning together yet individually | HundrED Spotlight 2019
Gymnase du Bugnon


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