December 21 at 07:46
RIX Research has completed the first phase in the three-year Inclusive Education with Tablets (IncluEdu) project. This will create an innovative, European-wide, modularised further education programme for, and network of, education providers by exploiting the huge potentials of tablet computers for the wider inclusion of learners with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.
The project is funded through the Erasmus+ Programme and is the first Europe-wide further education initiative for building schools' capacity to make their learning provisions more inclusive, using advanced technology in teaching and learning to enable quality learning for all and promote full participation of learners with SEN in society.
RIX Research is partnering with other Institutes in Austria, Finland, Ireland and Germany to develop individualised courses that cover sets of teaching and learning scenarios using tablets, as well as guidelines, best-practice examples and materials on how to perform inclusive and participatory person-centred education.
RIX Research will design and develop the best practice model for implementing personalised learning with tablets using person-centred multimedia advocacy approaches and tools. These approaches, which empower individuals to take control of their lives, and to communicate and fully engage with their learning, are critical as RIX Research develops the pathways to personalised learning using new technological platforms, including online courses and apps.
The capability of new technologies to deliver personalised learning was demonstrated at the first meeting of all the project partners which took place in Graz, Austria, in the early autumn. RIX Research was able to use a specially designed app to share all the work it has achieved so far. The app could be opened on tablets being used by the other research partners to follow the update on progress in real time, as the presentation unfolded. A great example of using personalised learning to communicate personalised learning!
RIX Research is applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to inclusive learning using tablets and apps. The way people learn is as individual as their fingerprints and UDL builds in flexibility in goals, assessments, methods and materials to allow ALL learners to be engaged, irrespective of their own skills, needs or motivations.
Gosia Kwiatkowska, Research Centre Manager at RIX Research, said: “We are very excited to be involved in this innovative project. An unwavering commitment to person-centred working and self-advocacy for people with disabilities has been at the heart of our approach for the last 15 years.”
The next partner-wide meeting is in February 2016, attended by educators from all over Europe, and RIX Research will be presenting its next module that focuses on tools to activate learners, as part of the personalised learning pathway.
The project is due to complete in 2017 and this pioneering work will contribute to enhancing the professional development of teachers and management staff of schools and other educational organisations, by innovating and increasing the quality and range of continuing training, particularly in implementing ICT-based methodologies to increase their level of inclusiveness and respond to the fast pace of developments in inclusive education.
The project will also foster peer-involvement of people with special educational needs in the development and delivery of all the educational outputs produced, ensuring that these materials meet their needs and are fit to be used in inclusive teaching and learning settings.