Learning and teaching in a digital society

Next submission deadline: 01.05.2019

Digitalization is changing the way we work. It also affects what today’s children need to learn, and specifically how and where they do so. The implementation of pioneering projects in the form of “laboratories” aims to provide relevant impetus to the area of activity at the primary and lower secondary levels to create the “school of the future”. Initially, CHF 0.5 million will be available for this purpose in 2019.

Objective: pioneering projects for the school of the future

The digitalization of tuition, together with the personalization of the learning process and new means of interaction and networking, offers great opportunities, but is not just a case of using new digital tools. A much more educationally effective implementation is required, geared towards the skills the students will need to be taught for the future world of work.

The school of the future will focus less and less on just conveying content, as it is impossible to predict with accuracy what children will need for their jobs in later life. Most of today’s schoolchildren will end up in jobs that don’t even exist yet. In the future, crucial skills will include the ability to collaborate, creativity, critical thinking, communication, a spirit of adventure and a productive error culture.

Digital knowledge transfer will play a key role in the teaching of the future, as it reinforces the independent acquisition and development of practice-oriented skills. One of the main focus areas in this area of activity, therefore, is access to high-quality digital educational videos and the use of digital tools that support interactions among teachers and between teachers and students: collaborative teaching and learning, skills acquisition, and knowledge processing in interactions (reverse teaching).

In order to help new, potentially scalable digital learning and teaching arrangements achieve a breakthrough, Gebert Rüf Stiftung supports pioneers with exemplary projects who serve as role models.

Support criteria for ”Digital Education“ projects

  • Educational levels: primary, lower secondary;
  • Bottom-up initiatives by teachers or cooperation projects with teachers;
  • Educationally effective implementation of learning technology and digitally assisted teaching or learning methods;
  • Digital educational content must meet the following requirements:
    • Open education;
    • Relevant content/quality;
    • All kinds of educational video, including experiments, i.e. used for students only or also for teachers;
    • Interactivity (e.g. with a quiz).
  • The projects must include a letter of support regarding the implementation and possible scaling of the project idea from a suitable number of schools and the education authorities.

Project submission

Projects may be submitted to Gebert Rüf Stiftung by one of the quarterly deadlines (1 February, 1 May, 1 September, 1 December) in accordance with the general requirements. The submission procedure has two stages.

Evaluation of Digital Education Pioneers

Projects for the «Digital Education Pioneers» area of activity may be submitted at any time. For ongoing calls for projects the selection process lasts approximately six months, from submission of the project proposal (step one) to the final decision after the project presentation to the board of trustees (step two). The board of trustees reaches the grant-making decision at its quarterly plenary meeting on the basis of the support criteria and the strategic objectives of the area of activity.

There is no procedure for appeals or applications for re-examination or reconsideration; no correspondence will be entered into regarding grant-making decisions.