Digitalization and Inclusive Education
University College of Teacher Education Styria
General Course Information
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This MOOC was initiated within the Erasmus+ project "DigIn," coordinated by experts from the field of "digitalization" and "inclusion." It is aimed at teachers in primary and secondary education (grades 1-9), school assistants, guardians, and all others interested in inclusive education in the digital age.
Keeping in mind that digitalization and inclusive education offer both opportunities and challenges for various educational systems – for their personnel, teaching methods, and school development – this MOOC aims to initiate change processes in everyday school life.
In five modules, the MOOC provides insight into various topics, including universal design for learning and accessibility, usability, and assistive technologies. Furthermore, it provides teaching examples for how to use digital tools in the classroom, shows how to organize cooperative learning opportunities, and gives ideas for digital-inclusive instructional development.
This MOOC aims to strengthen teachers’ skills along with those of anyone interested in the field of digital inclusive education. We want to prepare them to teach students with disabilities in the digital age.
Why do we use the term "students with disabilities"? We follow the definition set out by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: “Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”
This MOOC aims to strengthen the competences of teachers and all those interested in the field of digital inclusive education in order to enable students with disabilities to participate in media-based education. The content is based on the "European Framework for Digital Competence for Educators" of the European Union (DigiCompEdu), specifically on the competence area five "Empowering Learners." This area focuses on three distinct aspects of educators’ professional activities:
- Accessibility and inclusion: To ensure accessibility to learning resources and activities, for all learners, including those with special needs. To consider and respond to learners’ (digital) expectations, abilities, uses and misconceptions, as well as contextual, physical, or cognitive constraints to their use of digital technologies.
- Differentiation and personalization: To use digital technologies to address learners’ diverse learning needs, by allowing learners to advance at different levels and speeds, and to follow individual learning pathways and objectives.
- Actively engaging learners: To use digital technologies to foster learners’ active and creative engagement with a subject matter. To use digital technologies within pedagogic strategies that foster learners’ transversal skills, deep thinking, and creative expression. To open up learning to new, real-world contexts, which involve learners themselves in hands-on activities, scientific investigation, or complex problem solving, or in other ways increase learners’ active involvement in complex subject matters.
This MOOC is divided into the following modules:
- Module 1: Universal Design for Learning
- Module 2: Accessibility and Usability
- Module 3: Assistive Technologies
- Module 4: Digital Technology for Inclusive Education
- Module 5: Socially Embedded Learning (online)
After completing this MOOC, learners:
- Appreciate the contextual, physical, or cognitive constraints to their use of digital technologies.
- Understand the importance of a equitable access to appropriate digital technologies and resources.
- Can employ digital technologies and strategies (e.g., assistive technologies) designed for learners with disabilities.
- Can consider and respond to potential accessibility issues when selecting, modifying, or creating digital resources.
- Understand design principles for increasing accessibility to resources and digital environments used in teaching, and can implement and apply them successfully.
- Can continuously monitor and reflect on the suitability of the measures implemented to improve accessibility and adapt strategies accordingly.
- Understand how to use digital technologies to visualize and explain new concepts in a motivating and engaging way.
- Can use digital technologies to allow learners to actively engage with the subject matter at hand, e.g. using different senses. In this way I put learners’ active uses of digital technologies at the center of the instructional process.
- Can select appropriate digital technologies for fostering active learning in a given learning context (e.g., cooperative learning).
- Can reflect on how suitable the different digital technologies used are in increasing learners’ active learning and adapt strategies and choices accordingly.
There are no pre-requisites for taking the course. Regarding technical requirements, you should be able to effectively use the most common internet applications. All videos are subtitled. In addition, there are readings in all project languages with the aim of written translation, description, or texts for accessibility.
Depending on the individual pace of learning and the time availability, the course can be completed faster. After studying each unit (course, bibliography, videos), complete the quiz. In order to pass the quiz, it is necessary to score at least 75%. You can take the quiz a maximum of five times.
participating in the course you will receive an automatic certificate which includes your username, the course name as well as the completed lessons. We want to point out that this certificate merely confirms that the user answered at least 75% of
the self-assessment questions correctly.For actively participating in the course, you will receive an automatic certificate that includes your username, the course name, and the completed lessons. We want to point out that this certificate merely confirms that the user answered at least 75% of the self-assessment questions correctly.
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HS-Prof.in Edvina Bešić, PhD (DigIn Project Head; University College Professor of Inclusive Education and Inclusive Didactis, PH Steiermark; leadership team member at the Research Center for Inclusive Education - FZIB)
Prof.in Silvana Aureli, BEd (Institute for Digital Media Education, PH Steiermark)
Prof.in Mag.a Barbara Levc (Head of the Competence Center "Inklusiv Studieren", PH Steiermark)
Prof.in Silvia Kopp-Sixt, MA (Institute for Early Childhood and Primary School Education, PH Steiermark; extended leadership team member at the Research Center for Inclusive Education - FZIB)
Daniela Ender, MSc (Scientific Assistant at PPH Augustinum; staff member at the Research Center for Inclusive Education - FZIB)
Prof. David Wohlhart BEd (Retired Professor at PPH Augustinum; staff member at the Research Center for Inclusive Education - FZIB)Prof.in Dr.in Martina Kalcher (Department of Educational Sciences with a focus on Inclusion, PPH Augustinum; leadership team member at the Research Center fo Inclusive Education - FZIB)
Translation and adaptions for the relevant country context:
Heidrun Demo, PhD (Associate Professor for Inclusive Education, UNIBZ)
Rosa Bellacicco, PhD (Researcher at the Competence Centre of School Inclusion, UNIBZ)
Anna Frizzarin, PhD (Scientific Assistant at the Competence Centre of School Inclusiont, UNIBZ)
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Anka Izetbegović (President of the Association DUGA)
Alma Kudra, MA (Project worker at the Association DUGA)
Rozita Petrinska Labudovikj, MSc (President of the Association Zdruzhenie za unapreduvanje na obrazovanieto, kulturata i sportot OBRAZOVANIE ZA SITE Skopje)
Milica Timchevska, MA (Teacher at OOU “Hristijan Karposh”)
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Zdruzhenie za unapreduvanje na
obrazovanieto, kulturata i sportot
OBRAZOVANIE ZA SITE Skopje
Bul. Kocho Racin 14/6-2, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia
represented by Rozita Petrinska Labudovikj
OOU "Hristijan Karposh"
School/Institute/Educational centre – General education (primary level)
Radoje Dimik bb, 1300 Kumanovo, North Macedonia
represented by Miroljub Paunovikj; Milica Timchevska
Petra Tiješića 10, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
represented by Anka Izetbegović, Alma Kudra
LIBERA UNIVERSITA DI BOLZANO
Higher education institution (tertiary level)
Piazza Università, 1, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
represented by Paolo Lugli, Heidrun Demo, Rosa Bellacicco, Anna Frizzarin, Dario Ianes
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University College of Teacher Education Styria