Title Digital Inclusion Champions in Europe
Project Number 2013-1-IE1-LEO05-06094
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text People with disabilities face significant barriers to learning digital literacy skills essential for education and employment. DICE is helping them build these skills through an online peer support community, DigiPlace4all, starting in four countries – Ireland (http://ie.digiplace4all.eu), Belgium (be.digiplace4all.eu), Bulgaria (bg.digiplace4all.eu) and Poland (pl.digiplace4all.eu). Social media tools and user generated content enable community members to develop and maintain one-to-one peer support relationships, share knowledge and experiences and discuss digital skills and inclusion. DigiPlace4all is developing dynamic communities of peer support within and across stakeholder groups – people with disabilities, digital skills trainers, mainstream educators and employers. The community is promoted and sustained by DigiPlace4all Champions of each group who promote the use of DigiPlace4all among their peers and help spread it nationally and internationally.
People with disabilities face significant barriers to access training in digital literacy essential for education and employment. Furthermore, the traditional model of delivering digital literacy skills to people with disabilities through the provision of centre-based training is becoming unsustainable, due to a massive increase in the demand for digital skills and rapid changes in online and mobile technologies.
The DICE project aims to help people with disabilities build the digital literacy skills needed to transition from VET (Vocational Education and Training) to mainstream education and employment by creating an online community, DigiPlace4all, based on a peer support model, promoted and sustained by Digital Inclusion Champions. DICE transfers innovation from a previous Leonardo project, Gateway, using online content on assistive technologies aimed at people with disabilities, educators and employers. It adds social media and user generated content to create a dynamic community of peer support relationships within and across stakeholder groups – people with disabilities, VET digital skills trainers, mainstream educators and employers.
The consortium involves four VET partners – NCBI (Ireland. coordinator), PhoenixKM (Belgium), FIRR (Poland) and Interprojects (Bulgaria) – all of whom are implementing the DigiPlace4all community within their own countries and helping spread it internationally. The consortium also includes IADT, the coordinator of the Gateway project, to ensure transfer of the most effective aspects of Gateway.
The DigiPlace4all website is available in four separate country versions and languages - Irish (English language) ie.DigiPlace4all.eu, Belgian (Dutch language) be.DigiPlace4all.eu, Bulgarian bg.DigiPlace4all.eu and Polish pl.DigiPlace4all.eu. Social media tools enable community members to develop and maintain one-to-one peer support relationships, share knowledge and experiences and discuss digital skills and inclusion. This provides a permanent and always-available source of information and support, enabling students to sustain their skills development between VET sessions and after the VET course has ended. Digital Inclusion Champions of each stakeholder type promote the use of the DigiPlace4all among their peers and help spread it nationally and internationally.
Description DICE is a project to create an online peer support community where people with disabilities, educators and employers can get together to share information and skills in digital technologies and inclusion. This will help people with disabilities build the skills necessary to transition from VET centre training to mainstream education and employment. It will also help educators and employers build the skills and practices necessary to make learning environments and workplaces accessible to students and staff with disabilities.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Information and Communication
material for open learning
open and distance learning
Product information The main product of DICE is the DigiPlace4all community website, available in four country versions - Ireland (http://ie.digiplace4all.eu), Belgium (be.digiplace4all.eu), Bulgaria (bg.digiplace4all.eu) and Poland (pl.digiplace4all.eu).