Third newsletter of the BIG Erasmus+ project.
the educational game:
Building Inclusive environments for all Generations (BIG)
Difficulty to access environments, such as in neighbourhoods, public spaces and the social and commercial infrastructure, is a major risk for social exclusion. Especially persons with physical, mental or social restraints are often overlooked by people who design these environments. Also, people in particular temporary circumstances, such as pregnancy or having a child in a buggy may experience issues.
The game addresses diverse target groups, among others:
– Professionals in municipalities and welfare organisations committed to urban development and social inclusion;
– Volunteers in social associations, initiatives and Seniors Councils acting for the interests of persons in need of healthy, smart and age-friendly environments;
– Private persons like students, informal carers and persons in need of adequate environments themselves.
Smart, healthy and age-friendly built environments suited for these target groups include living spaces which are safe and comfortable, the possibility to leave, move around and return to one’s building without barriers, to access to health and social services and opportunities to actively participate in community life. The ambition of the game goes beyond accessible design only.
About the project
The project BIG educational game was a European Erasmus+ project that focused on the social inclusion of people. The project started in November 2020 and ended in December 2022.
We developed a two-dimensional virtual game. The player can meet and solve challenges of characters in the game, such as inaccessible housing for a wheelchair, loading goods in a car while taking care of a child or visiting a restaurant with bad eyesight.
We also developed a workshop methodology and trainer to use the game in workshops.
The game is publicly available, free of charge and as Open Educational Resource, on the project’s e-learning together with all necessary guidelines, instructions, related materials and further information.
A playful learning experience to become aware and sensitive to daily life issues that citizens of BIG City can have.
Co-produced by persons with own experiences in the lack of healthy, age-friendly environments.
Developed in English and translated into Dutch, German, Polish and Portuguese.
It includes the game and a tutorial.
To organise workshops with the BIG-game and provide the participants with a certificate.
– Workshop methodology and trainer manual
– Compendium of measures
– Templates of certificate and proof of participation to hand over to the workshop participants
– An overview of certification and validation in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Portugal and European developments
A Multiplier Event took place in Warsaw on the 17th of Dec. to promote the results of the BIG Game.
AFEdemy organised a workshop in Vledder (Drenthe) to present and discuss the BIG-game.
“Playing the game I could almost feel it!” Playing the BIG Game with students at the Hague University of Applied Sciences
The BIG Game was played by students of the Hague University of Applied sciences.
BIG offered Foundation Mimo Wieku, led by Agnieszka Ciesla, Poland, a brilliant opportunity.
SHINE, AFEdemy and the Nursing School of Coimbra organised the conference on November 8th and 9th.
BIG’s consortium was together to define the last steps and the future of the project.
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