Independent learning with fun, a new teacher student relationship, early career guidance, social interaction with each other and health promotion are the pillars of the „Lernhaus im Campus“, the newly built high school in Osterholz-Scharmbeck. An important requirement was a new interior design: students oft he same grade attend all together a learning environment, which consists of a large common room with personal workstations (learning environment) and three classrooms or input spaces. Lessons or input events take place in these classrooms. If these are finished, the students go back to personal work in the learning environment, where they continue their jobs largely independently. The teachers are just mentors: they teach much less than they support the self-learning.
The concept of the learning landscapes was introduced in the academic year 2010/2011 in Osterholz-Scharmbeck and since then the school worked as „Lernhaus im Campus“. Initially limited to some class associations, the concept was tested in daily school life. The City Osterholz-Scharmbeck was supported at the COMENIUS Regio project „Independent learning in learning landscapes“ by the partner municipality of Bürglen (Switzerland), in which the concept was implemented successfully since 2006. The exchange of experience, as well as the training of teachers, school managements and pedagogical staff in dealing with this concept were the main focus of the project.
The Swiss concept has already shown that the new teaching and learning form has far reaching effects on all aspects of the school organization, the learning and the self-understanding of the teachers. Independent and cooperative learning with unique competence orientation consistently replaced the previous teacher-centered lessons. In the educational project and group work, including students, as well as the space become to instructors. The role of the teacher changes, however, from the teachers to the facilitator, who gives impulses and help to the students and so teachers can offer more learning aids for weaker pupils in the internal differentiation.
The teachers involved in the project had to be prepared as well to the new requirements of learning in learning landscapes such as the school management, parents and school administration. For this process the great experiences of the Swiss school with the new school organization were used to support the implementation process of the learning landscapes in Osterholz-Scharmbeck. In particular, the many project meetings and study tours between the partner countries had aimed to represent and to analyze the requirements of the new approach to school organization and staff.
Results and experiences were refurbished for the transfer after Osterholz-Scharmbeck and other places and were incorporated in the training of employees of the school and were taken over in draft for a transfer concept. The transfer concept was refined and more widespread during the process of implementation of the learning landscape model in Osterholz-Scharmbeck and about training events, in which also representatives from other schools and school boards participated.
The project offered a differentiated range of possibilities for the exchange of experiences, which included regular exchange meetings, so-called ‚job shadowings‘ in the parnter schools, short-term exchanges of teachers, common training and a common, web-based forum. The project results were directly involved in the school practice and integrated in the school development.
Both partners, Germany and Switzerland, continued joint cooperation after the end of the project. The project monitoring and implementation by the European Institute for Innovation represented an entry into a reinforced European cooperation and exchange with comparable, innovative school concepts in other countries.
The project „Independent learning in learning landscapes“ was performed under sponsorship of the City Osterholz-Scharmbeck, and under implementation by the European Institute for Innovation (EIfI).
After completion of the project work, the project was awarded as a so called ´Star Project´ by the National Agency in the Educational Exchange Service due to excellent project work and the results documented in the database of European Shared Treasure and received appropriate recognition by handing over a certificate.
City of Osterholz-Scharmbeck
Lernhaus im Campus (Secondary School)
European Institute for innovation (EIfI)
Archive of the future – Network /Archiv der Zukunft –Netzwerk e.V.
District elementary School Bürglen
Secondary School Bürglen
Office of elementary school
Lifelong Learning Programme