The Let Us Learn Project

Let Us Learn is an international project that aims to investigate the potential of a 3D virtual learning environment (3DVLE) designed to engage learners in collaborative, creative problem solving activities in which numeracy, literacy, life skills and creative activities are embedded in a motivating game-like environment.

We are an international multidisciplinary team of dedicated researchers and collaborative partners who recognize the critical role that education plays in the future health of many developing societies. We seek to research, co-create, share and promote the most effective and holistic applications of technology to develop 21st century educational methods that will accelerate the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA).

In particular, Let Us Learn focuses its research to adapt its teaching and learning approaches to the many educational challenges faced by schools the world over, whether located in rural or urban areas, in developing or developed countries, working with appropriate government, private and not-for-profit partners.

Our projects are currently located in developing countries such as South Africa and Uganda, but our vision is to apply this technology to other developing countries. As technology grows more powerful and costs continue to drop, Let Us Learn see's enormous potential for 3DVLEs to play a significant role in the delivery of effective models for facilitating teaching and learning, especially in developing countries where both human and physical resources are scarce.

Goals of the project

Our overall goal is to facilitate the achievement of MDGs and EFA through the effective use of MIE approaches supported by innovative ICTs to engage learners and inspire teachers, through a sustainable model in partnership with local schools, government, private partners and not-for-profit organizations.

More specifically, we aim to realise this goal in each participating region by:

  • Demonstrating the benefits of using an accessible 3DVLE in mainstream and special primary schools.

  • Comparing the learning outcomes for children using an accessible 3DVLE with those undertaking learning using existing approaches.

  • Determining the extent to which the 3DVLE is motivating and engaging for children participating in the trials.

  • Identifying the benefits and challenges experienced by teachers.

  • Developing guidelines for the effective use of 3DVLEs in schools.

  • Developing training materials for teachers.

  • Identifying technical challenges and solutions.

  • Working collaboratively with local higher education training providers to incorporate these approaches into the pre-service teacher curriculum to ensure long term sustainability.

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