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Take charge of your own learning

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves”Thomas Edison, Inventor

The Project

Do It Yourself in Education: Expanding Digital Competence To Foster Student Agency And Collaborative Learning (also known as DIYLab) is a project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.

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Do It Yourself

DIY, or Do It Yourself, is a philosophy that puts the student at the center of the learning experience, by turning her into the maker of her own learning materials.

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Working with schools

We are a group of three universities and three primary and secondary education schools, from three different European countries: Spain, Finland and the Czech Republic.

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Building for the future

Students will develop their agency, collaboration and digital skills, using the technologies they already have access to today, to make them lifelong and lifewide learners.

Our plan

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We started the project analyzing the curriculums of the different countries and schools or universities, and conducting focus groups with students, teachers and parents, to see where DIY can fit in their daily work.

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To prepare the implementation, we will run a series of weekly workshops with teachers to introduce the pedagogical approach we are proposing, and to review and solve the technical issues that they may encounter. The result will be an implementation plan for each school and university.

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During the second year of the project each school and university will run a pilot implementation with a group of students. Schools will work with 5th and 9th grade students, while universities will tailor the implementation to any level.

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We will end the project assessing the implementation and proposing improvements for future development, as well as conducting a socio-economic evaluation that highlights the advantages, costs and risks of the DIY approach to education in primary, secondary and higher education.

About us

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University of Oulu

Oulu, Finland

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Charles University

Prague, Czech Republic

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Escola Virolai

Barcelona, Spain

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ZŠ Korunovační

Faculty School

Prague, Czech Republic

Who we are

University of Barcelona

Grup de recerca Esbrina
Juana M. Sancho Gil, Fernando Hernández-Hernández, Cristina Alonso Cano, Joan-Anton Sánchez i Valero, Maria Domingo-Coscollola, Xavier Giró Gràcia, Rachel Fendler, Raquel Miño Puigcercós, Judith Arrazola Carballo, Àngels Armengol Naranjo, Judit Onsès, Anna Majó.

University of Oulu

Esa Niemi, Antti Peltonen, Mikko Ojala, Paula Vaskuri.

Charles University

Miroslava Černochová, Tomáš Jeřábek, Irena Fialová, Zuzana Trnková.

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Escola Virolai

Coral Regí Rodriquez, Maria José Miranda Rodríguez, Cristòbal Aviles, Carol de Britos, Maite Sillero, Alex Perez, Paloma Llaquet de Entreambasaguas.

Oulu University Teacher Training School

Kari Kumpulainen, Kerttuli Saajoranta, Seija Blomberg, Pasi Hieta, Terhi Ylöniemi, Heikki Kontturi.

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Faculty School

Tomáš Komrska, Radomíra Václavíková, Iva Schmittová.

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Reports WP2

Reports WP1

WP2 development in Barcelona

Public presentations

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Presentación del DIYLab
Do It Yourself in Education: Expanding Digital Competence To Foster Student Agency And Collaborative Learning. 28 Jornada Internacional DIM – Otoño 2014. Barcelona, 1 de diciembre de 2014.

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DIYLab Poster
Presented to the Annual FERA Conference on Education 2014, Oulu, 20–21st November 2014

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Taking Risks in Qualitative Methods
QUEST- Qualitative Expertise at Southampton University Seminars.
National Centre for Research Methods University of Southampton, June 30th, 2014.

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Envisioning DIY learning in primary and secondary schools
Rethinking Educational Ethnography. Researching on-line communities and interactions. The Fourth Annual Conference. Copenhagen, June 3rd and 4th, 2014.

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DIY Philosophy In School Practice And In Teacher Education
ATEE Annual Conference 2015 in Glagow. August 25th, 2015.

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Leading Accross Borders And Generations
International Leadership Association. 17th Annual Global Conference. October 14-17, 2015. Barcelona, Spain.

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De consumidores a prosumidores. Implicaciones de la cultura digital en la educación artística
I Congreso internacional de educación artística y cultura digital, Lima February 11-13, 2014.

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Do It Yourself in Education (DIYLab): Spanish Higher Education
ECER 2015. Education and transitionl. Budapest, September 7-11, 2015.

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La filosofia DIY en acción. Desarrollo de la competencia digital mediante la colaboración y la reflexión
Sánchez, J.A. & Miño, R. (June 2015)
XXIII Jornadas Universitarias de Tecnología Educativa. JUTE 2015. Badajoz.

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DIY koulussa: Avaimia digitaalisen kompetenssin kehittämiseen (DIY in school: Some keys for developing digital competence)
Paula Vaskuri, Kerttuli Saajoranta, Matti Mikkonen, Terho Granlund, Antti Peltonen, Mikko Ojala ja Terhi Ylöniemi (March 2016)
Online presentation at the Interactive Technology in Education 2016 conference

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DIYLab - experiences of do-it-yourself learning in higher education
Mikko Ojala, Antti Peltonen, Paula Vaskuri
University of Oulu, Extension School TOPIK
Workshop in Peda-forum conference 18.8.2016

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Pedagogy first. From tools to educational visions: The DIYLab project
Juana M. Sancho-Gil, Cristina Alonso-Cano, Judith Arrazola-Carballo
Universitat de Barcelona, Grup de recerca Esbrina
ECER, August 2016, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Implementing the DiY Philosophy in Primary Classrooms: Possibilities and Tensions
Judit Onsès-Segarra, Universitat de Barcelona; Juana M. Sancho-Gil, Universitat de Barcelona; Maria Domingo-Coscollola, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
ECER, August 2016, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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What Visual Digital Objects (VDOs), generated under a DIY approach, are telling us about university students’ learning and pedagogical relationships
Fernando Hernández-Hernández, Juana Maria Sancho-Gil, Judit Onsès-Segarra
Universitat de Barcelona, Grup de recerca Esbrina
ECER, August 2016, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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DIY Lab y la innovación docente en la Universidad
Juana M. Sancho Gil, Cristina Alonso Cano
Universitat de Barcelona, Grup de recerca Esbrina
XVI Congreso Nacional y VII Congreso Iberoamericano de Pedagogía, June 2016, Madrid, Spain


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Envisioning DIY learning in primary and secondary schools
Sancho-Gil, J. M., Hernández-Hernández, F. & Fendler, R. (2015) International Journal of Media, Technology & Lifelong Learning, Vol 11.-issue 1

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Do It Yourself in education: Leadership for learning across physical and virtual borders
Domingo-Coscollola, M., Arrazola-Carballo, J., and Sancho-Gil, J.M. (2016)
International Journal of Educational Leadership and Management, 4(1), 5-29. doi: 10.17583/ijelm.2016.1842

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The Socio-Economic Evaluation of a European Project: The DIYLab Case
Sancho-Gil. J. M. & Rivera-Vagas, P. (2016)
Informatics, 3 (13), 1 -17. doi:10.3390/informatics3030013