Silex ?

In the current global health crisis, we would like to invite educators, scientists, teachers and students from various countries to participate in different languages in this SILEX Laboratory.

SILEX is an acronym of Strategies for Improving Learning Environments in times of Emergency. X can be a person, number, a concept, etc. that is unknown or unnamed. Silex as acronym is interesting because the definition of the word refers to a hard-chemical compound found in various forms like sand, quartz, etc. and is commonly used in making glass. The glass as a lens helps us to better understand the implications of the teaching and learning environments for current educational disruption and solutions.

SILEX Laboratory is developed under the guidance of EAPRIL Cloud 3 (link to page) with the contributions of many educators, scientists and teachers from two European scientific societies dedicated to research and innovation in the field of learning and education, EARLI and EAPRIL.

SILEX Laboratory offers a channel (SILEX-Lab) and a main website with a forum to share and discuss the current and future visions of education & learning issues from the COVID-19 educational disruption and its educational implications. According to the United Nations Development Programme, “The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War II”.  It is a great challenge for all educational actors to discuss and share new strategies for improving teaching and learning environments in (times of) emergency.

In the discussion forum, we take advantage of our European community to share news on the situation of education in our diverse countries and increase public and political awareness on the psychosocial and educational challenges of the national managements of the pandemia. National coordinators also run an informal press review on the topic of education/distant schooling/effects of social distancing on children and youth/etc. and publish regular analyses and updates on the situation in their country.

Blog posts present reflections and innovations from different contributors as well as spontaneous answers to the three following questions:

  • In your personal and professional experience, what has been the greatest change in educational practice due to the pandemic COVID-19?
  • What have we learned in this process ?
  • How can our experience contribute to improving future teaching and learning environments?

These questions are inspired by the Special Issue recently published by the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) with the Journal of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS Journal) (Giglio, Kantola, Friman, Berghmans, & Peixoto, 2018).

Editors from different countries and languages can film colleagues, teachers, students, answering the questions above individually or collectively in a round table. Each short video (one to two minutes) presents practical or scientific answers and will be available in our YouTube channel.