Fontanus Scientific Methodological Research and Educational Center
The Fontanus Center is a privately funded research center. Our research and projects focus on human development, the relationship between man and reality. We examine our research topics from several different perspectives, we approach them from different disciplines. In our fifteen years of operation, we have developed numerous modern, innovative and efficient methodologies. We consider it important to put our research results into practice, in the form of tools, methods and trainings that serve development.
Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto is a non-governmental organisation working in public interest in the field of youth, culture and social inclusion. As we are working on such programmes, taking actions and being overall active in the field of our goal, we are steering to contribute to more inclusive and open society for all, by integrating socially excluded groups, by promoting active citizenship and participation (especially among youth), by encouraging the development of NGO sector and civil dialogue. The organisation has a 27 year long tradition, and currently employs around 20 social workers, project coordinators, and other staff from various professional backgrounds. Every year we have around 100 volunteers engaged in all levels of work and considering our activities almost 2000 local people are involved in the activities. We are addressing over 1500 organisations and institutions around the world and running over 30 projects per year. In addition, we run day care centres for children, where children and youth with fewer opportunities are invited, which also adds to our contribution to the local society. Besides that, regional NGO hubs strengthen NGOs’ capacity for active contribution to local development, to improve the stakeholders’ understanding of NGO contribution.
University of Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia, founded in 1919. It has more than 40.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs approximately 5.600 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and three arts academies.
The University of Ljubljana is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes, structured in accordance with the Bologna Declaration. Their projects keep pace with the latest developments in the areas of arts, sciences and technology at home and abroad.
The University of Ljubljana is listed amongst the top 500 universities in the world according to the ARWU Shanghai, Times THES-QS and WEBOMETRICS rankings.
The University takes a central pedagogical position by performing public services in the areas of special social importance which ensure the preservation of the national identity.
Link to website: https://www.uni-lj.si/university/
Vasile Alecsandri« University of Bacau, Romania, is a higher education and research institution from Romania, with a long tradition in the training and instruction of students in different fundamental domains by building key specialized competences in agreement with the labour market demands. The graduates’ professional and research professional training continues through accredited master and doctoral study programmes. The University of Bacau also organizes post-graduate educational studies through advanced research post-doctoral study programmes and continuous professional training. The Pedagogical Institute of Bacau founded in 1961 became in 1990 the University of Bacau and in October 2009 the University of Bacau took the name of a famous 19th-century Romanian poet, Vasile Alecsandri. The University is structured in 5 faculties, 37 Bachelor programs, 38 Master programs, 2 Ph.D. programs, and has about 5000 students. The University was involved in European programmes since their launch in Romania in 1997 (Tempus, Socrates I and II, Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus + etc.). The University has agreements and protocols with universities and research institutions worldwide (130 agreements and protocols with institutions from 31 countries). The University collaborates also with higher education institutions from Erasmus + Programme countries (KA103): 21 countries, 96 universities, 129 bilateral agreements, and Erasmus+ Partner Countries (KA107): 6 countries, 8 universities, 8 bilateral agreements.
The main goal and pre-defined mission of NetCoGame GamefulLiving Research Center is to highlight, to prove and to disseminate the importance and benefits of games and game mechanisms not only on a personal, but also on a business, social and institutional level. The Center was established in early 2014 under the motto of “Every day is full of play”.
The main activities of the GamefulLiving Research Center are based on the goals and results of Richard Fromann’s nationwide research in Hungary, which he has started in 2011. The research focused on the motivational, demographical, and social aspects of Hungarian gamers and gamer communities. As a result of the gathered data and analysis, the Research Center published a validated motivational model which can describe the different types of gamers and related motivational factors. In 2022, the studies’ database contains more than 90.000 responses, giving a solid ground for gamer-related research.
About the project
Main mission of the project
The main activities of the project include:
- Development of 5 intellectual outputs: 2 studies, 1 methodology, 1 guideline, 1 educational game.
- Dissemination of the results and good practices developed as part of the project.
- 5 multiplier events (workshops) for the dissemination of the developed intellectual outputs.
Results of the project
Other results of the project:
During the project and at the end of the project, it is assumed that apart from the 6 intellectual outputs, the following results will be achieved:
Hard results: 1 Internet website, 1 Facebook page, a series of newsletters, 5 multiplier events, several presentations and talks on conferences/events/seminars/workshops related to games, education or competence development.
– Methodological renewal, expanded knowledge and professional horizons at participants, target groups and stakeholders;
– Increased quality and variety of didactic methods (game based learning methods) and tools (board games) for adult educators;
– Increased level of creativity skills among adult learners using the methods and game of the project;
– Increased motivation and engagement of adult educators for the use of game based teaching methods in the didactic process of adult education;
– Frequent contact with the target groups and other stakeholders;
– Strengthening the cooperation among the partners;
– Experience in carrying out an EU project;
– Exchange of good practices on the carrying out of an EU project;
Impact of the project
In the view of the planned activities and expected results, the influence of the project will be visible on the following levels: local, regional, national, European, international.
The direct impact of the project will translate into the quality of the game based learning solutions and outputs developed, i.a. preparation of studies on the topic, development of game based methodology and an educational board game, and identification of appropriate games suitable to develop creativity will have an advantageous effect on the main target groups of the project, i.e. adult educators and adult learners.
The indirect impact of the project will be experienced by all organizations (associated partners, wider audiences such as companies, associations, etc.) reached as a result of dissemination activities. The long-term benefits will allow increasing the quality of adult education in the partners’ countries.