HEDforALL

HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ACCESSIBLE HIGHER EDUCATION

Impact

During the project the following results are expected:

  1. A Report on the identification of the needs of higher education SwD (visual, hearing, mobility/physical impairments, learning difficulties) in accessible educational materials regarding different subjects/courses taught in higher education.
  2. A Report on the existing knowledge and experience of teaching staff and accessibility advisors in relation to various forms of accessible materials. The report will present their training needs regarding the use and development of accessible educational materials and the provision of accessible DE courses.
  3. A Report on the impact of the training (educational/informational session and educational material) on the knowledge of teaching staff and accessibility advisors regarding alternative types/forms of adapted accessible educational materials and the application of DE to SwD.
  4. Development of the most suitable accessible educational materials for SwD in terms of accessibility, usability and educational efficacy through the evaluation study of end-user requirements, effectiveness and satisfaction.
  5. Development of an “Accessible Material Guide” for the production of adapted accessible educational materials and a “Guide for DE programs” for implementation of DE courses for SwD.
    Building capacity and professional development for teaching staff in developing accessible educational materials and DE methods for inclusive distance education classes.
  6. Pilot implementation of accessible Distance Education courses in partner countries and assessment of its adequacy, satisfaction and learning results.
  7. Development of an online repository of accessible educational material. The uploaded material will be freely available to be downloaded and to be used by any interested party. Initially it will include the accessible material (text books, handouts, presentations, images, maps, diagrams etc.) developed during the project but it could be enriched and built up by registered contributors from the academic community and other bodies specialised on the development and production of accessible educational material.
  8. E-Learning Educational sessions for teaching staff and accessibility advisors in each partner country and at EU level. In this way, the project will contribute in promoting inclusive DE and will increase the motivation and readiness for university life both to SwD but also to the whole academic community.
  9. Development of an electronic Index of related bodies in order for them to be part of the project’s initiative for the creation of an “Accessibility Network” for sharing and promoting derived solutions and support inclusion in HEIs on an international level.
  10. Production of educational/instructional videos on development and production of accessible educational material and on the provision of DE courses to SwD.