• Posted 01-Jun-2021

The Creative Technologies Learning Lab of the University of Thessaly: Learning games for digital entrepreneurship

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and in particular the Creative Technologies Learning Lab (http://ctll.e-ce.uth.gr) implements digital learning games aimed at secondary school students and aimed at developing digital entrepreneurship skills that young people need to be active in the labour market regardless of the economic sector.

According to the European Commission communication "Education Review: Investing in Skills for Better Socio-Economic Outcomes" (2012), in today's digital, evolving economy young people need entrepreneurial and digital skills to act creatively, to develop professionally, and to contribute to growth and prosperity. According to Eurostat (2019) 51% of young people in Greece have basic or above basic overall digital skills. This percentage can be improved as digital skills are essential in all sectors of economic activity while their demand in the labour market will continue to increase.

The Creative Technologies Learning Lab develops a digital educational game that encourages innovative and entrepreneurial thinking through learning games, exploration, and experimentation. The game introduces a pedagogical approach based on problem solving for the development of digital and entrepreneurship skills with wide applications. The digital platform exposes students to complex interdisciplinary activities that foster the development of critical and analytical thinking. Students undertake the role of a business manager that is challenged to grow her company through sound management of resources and by addressing the competition. At the same time, the project builds a network of schools to exchange good practices on developing digital and entrepreneurship skills among both students and teachers.

The learning intervention is developed in the context of project TEAMSTAR: Enhancing enTreprenEuriAl steM Skills for new digiTal cAreRs (https://www.teamstarproject.eu/) that is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission and is implemented from 2020 to 2022. The TEAMSTAR project consortium includes partners from Greece, Latvia, Bulgaria, and Italy.

Source:  University of Thessaly (https://bit.ly/3fLBAaA)