STAY IN – Student guidance at university for inclusion is a two-year project co-funded under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning programme, Erasmus Multilateral Projects. The project aims to provide a comprehensive on-going guidance service, including e-guidance, to students in higher education to contribute to increasing their educational achievement.
Guidance services at university are generally focused on access (learning guidance), and exit (placement, career services). Support for students during their studies is less well-addressed, or not addressed at all. However, most students dropping out from university, point to the need for continuous support during the study lifecycle. This is particularly the case for distance students, given the fact that support services are often available only at the universities’ premises.
STAY IN therefore seeks to design and develop a service capable of supporting students in higher education during their academic career, by offering guidance and e-guidance to access available opportunities within the universities and in the communities where the universities are active. Guidance is conceived of as personalised support for each student to tackle potential obstacles that lead to disengagement and drop-out. Key expected results include:
- an integrated guidance and counselling system for universities, covering processes, methods, tools;
- an eGuidance platform for European universities, designed and developed in order to address the specific needs of higher education institutions and higher education students for of guidance and counselling services, and suitable for supporting on-going guidance and counselling;
- an updated picture of the practices across Europe on guidance for inclusion, and of the student’s point of view on guidance and e-guidance needs during their educational experience.
Tired of the same old-fashioned conferences? Then Collaborate For Change could be perfectly designed for you.
Collabor8 4 Change and Load2Learn would like to invite you to participate in a free practitioner conference on the use of technology in education with special focus on Inclusive Technologies. The discusssions (not debates) don't last more than 20 minutes and delegates can pick a route through the evening of up to 5 separate sessions, opening up the opportunity for truly personalised CPD.
The kind of topics expected to be covered include:
- - text to speech,
- - free and open source technologies for accessibility,
- - accessible and alternative formats,
- - teacher training in use of technology for accessibility,
- - peer support in accessibility,
- - print disabilities
- - projects supporting SEN and technology in schools.
Find out more from Load2Learn's Collabor8 for Change information page, where you can register as well.
ORSEN is an exciting new project, funded under the European Lifelong Learning Programme which focusses on the provision of innovative learning practices for special needs students from rural areas. Over the next two years we will collaborate on designing and delivering online resources aimed at giving SEN students, their parents and their teachers a fighting chance in an increasingly challenging education system.
Special education needs and inclusion is an area which is both complex and diverse. Some pupils need additional help at school because they have learning difficulties which significantly affect their access to the curriculum. They are described as having special educational needs (SEN). Inclusion is about meeting the needs and interests of learners who, under normal arrangements, make less or slower progress than many of their peers.
Over the last few decades, the development of inclusion has become central to international education policy and has forced the major changes in national legislation in many countries regarding how we deliver our teaching and learning in schools. The first step toward delivering an inclusive curriculum is taking into account student learning needs and development, with an awareness of appropriate teaching and learning methods, as well as the application of appropriate tools and equipment. An inclusive curriculum means one curriculum for all students rather than a separate curriculum for students without SEN and another for students with SEN. An inclusive curriculum, recognises the need that schools need to be organised, with the individual differences of students in mind and allow for scope and flexibility to enable all students to achieve their goals.
Aims and Objectives
The Aims of ORSEN are:
1. To develop an appropriate technology infrastructure for in-school provision of SEN curricula.
2. To develop 4 curricula to assist in the inclusion of children with SEN in the classroom.
3. To develop and implement in-service training to support the continuous professional development of teachers.
4. To provide supports for parents of SENs to enable them interact with the new learning environment.
5. To support managers in education to work with multi-site education provision through online environments.
Some features of the ORSEN project
To develop and pilot an open access SEN virtual classroom providing:
1. ORSEN supports the concept of inclusive education.
2. ORSEN will be ‘rural proofed’; it will meet the needs the needs of SEN living in more remote areas.
3. ORSEN will target resources to benefit children in the 12-16 years age range, who have mild SEN.
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