Title Multi-Sensory Information on Climate Change (MUSICC)
Project Number 142023-LLP-1-2008-1-UK-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Most countries are forced to face the issues of global warming with more seriousness than before. Our children need to be taught about this situation and the likely implications on their future lifestyles. For those who have a sensory impairment access to such information may be denied through lack of adaptive systems and materials. Although teaching material are now beginning to appear, very little work has been done in establishing a methodology of explaining the visual and graphical images needed to cover such a scientific subject in a format accessible to those with a sensory impairment. In developing such materials, adaptation to hearing impairments will fall well within the scope of achievement.
This project would like to establish a methodology for explaining the links to global warming and climate change (often graphical) and deliver this vital information in an accessible, adaptable and assimilateable manner.
According to the 4th Report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007, as compiled by 600 climatologists drawn from 40 countries around the world, using 14 super computer models over a 3 years period, there is greater certainty than ever, that the current global warming is not a natural phenomenon. The report stated that there is a 90% chance that global warming is caused by human activity.
The Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett when UK Secretary of State for the Environment, speaking at the Green Alliance in 2004 indicated the enormity of the issue of climate change in Europe when she said, “…climate change is the predominant global environmental issue where European leadership is vital...”.
We support the notion that Europe should take a leadership role in this most urgent scientific, social and cultural maelstrom. We also agree that from an educational viewpoint much needs to be done to enhance knowledge of all EU citizens, across all age ranges, of this important scientific fact.
All scientific data contains substantial amounts of complex graphical data. This format is acceptable for people whose vision and hearing are unimpaired but for those people who are visually impaired there is exclusion from this important source of information, the hearing impaired to a lesser degree. This project, therefore, seeks to create and develop innovative learning materials in a range of formats that will be adaptable to the needs of people with sensory impairments; specifically visual and hearing impairments.
This project will target:
• Sensory impaired people in secondary education;
• Sensory impaired people in continuing education;
• Sensory impaired people in life long education.
It will provide both teacher support and lesson content materials for supporting people who have sensory impairments.
As this is a methodology and content project there is a relevance to several objectives across the spectrum of sub programmes; they are itemised in this submission to show the trans-programme compatibility of how this project will answer these objectives and priorities.
The key objective is categorised as a Leonardo ‘Development of Innovation’ project.
This project seeks to address adaptability and accessibility issues in delivering scientific and graphical data concerning global warming and climate change to people who are sensory impaired – topics of importance to the EU and the world. Without this project sensory impaired people would be disadvantaged in acquiring knowledge and developing a full understanding of the science, economic, cultural, social and lifestyle issues relating to global warming and climate change. This project has 7 specific aims:
1. To create a range of teaching materials for use by teachers that will fully explain the current scientific position on climate change to people with sensory impairments in the age groups 12 - 16 years. [It is anticipated these materials will also have transferability into older age groups.]
2. To make this material adaptable to the diverse leaning requirements of those who have sensory impairments, (i.e., visually and hearing impaired)
3. To test and evaluate the pedagogical processes being developed in the project by holding 3 pilot studies in different partner countries.
4. To make this material available to teachers in an adaptable format specifically Talking Tactiles for the visually impaired and subtitled / signed DVD materials for the hearing impaired. [Talking Tactiles as a lesson content delivery system on vocational subjects have been developed on other EU projects see www.ahviit.org ] The core information on the DVD will be common to both adaptations.
5. To explore the transferability of the learning process to other groups with specific needs. [Previous experience with the Talking Tactile system is also beginning to show transferability to Autistic Spectrum and Asperger’s Syndrome learners.]
6. To disseminate the results of this project across the education systems of the partner countries at local, regional and national level.
7. To advise EU educators of the results, transferability and benefits of this innovative pedagogical development via the project website.
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Information and Communication
material for open learning
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
MUSICC Project – Products already completed up to November 2009
All products related to the commencement and early development of the project have been completed, including contracts, budget, ADAM Portal details, 3 partner meetings and links with important external organisations of benefit to the project. The Progress Report was also produced for the Leonardo Agency.
Quality Control and Evaluation
The processes and products up to November 2009 have been evaluated, including 3 partner meetings; partnership and project process by questionnaire and evaluation of partner training in the use of talking tactile technology.
Research using all the 6 Technical Papers of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the 4th Report Assessment Report were formed the basis of the project research reports. The IPCC documents cover the period 1997 to 2008. In addition reports from the UK Meteorological Office/Hadley Centre were used. Finally, papers were obtained from researchers around the world to examine the current effects of global warming and climate change. The partners also attended a number of public lectures, seminars and conferences on global warming and climate change that reported on the most up-to-date research.
Content Design and Production
Drafts of the trainer booklets and trainee booklets were produced with support from the Royal Meteorological Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food. 10 booklets were produced in the style of frequently asked questions that work towards Eurobarometer’s 2008 publication “European Attitudes to Climate Change”. The British Geological Survey has enriched this work package by promising an A0 size poster of “Climate Change Through Time”.
MUSICC Training DVD
The project is producing a DVD for use at MUSICC training and at other sessions. Filming is nearly complete. The DVD will be accessible to sensory impaired learners and will carry sign language. Experts in global warming and climate change from 3 countries appear in the film.
The MUSICC website is developed specifically for users with sensory impairments. The website has been upgraded twice and tested by visually impaired students so that compatibility is complete.
The project has a good, easily identifiable logo with a strong narrative behind it. There are project pamphlets in 2 languages and a powerpoint presentation prepared by the Bulgarian partner for use at conference, pre-training meetings and so on. MUSICC has already been well received at the International Sight Village Conference and Convention, at the e-COMM-LINE Conference and at the E-LSE Conference. Dissemination also covered special meetings with professional and research organisations, such as the Royal Meteorological Society.
MUSICC Project : Products to be completed November 2009 to October 2010
There are two partners meetings to come for which adequate planning is required ending with a final report to the Leonardo Agency.
Linking training to existing qualifications, awards and continuing professional development
Preparing certificates for attendance at MUSICC training
Preparing ceretificates of professional and organisational support for MUSICC
MUSICC Management (Equipment)
All the equipment required by the partner organisations will be in place for training and will be tested.
MUSICC Quality Control and Evaluation
The continual evaluations of MUSICC processes, practices and products will continue and will include evalution of responses from the trainees and from the trainers.
It is important to keep the MUSICC Project scapbook of newspaper articles and other publications as a gauge of public understanding in global warming and climate change. Research will continue according to the requirements of the project and project reports will be adpated if required.
Continual development of the website is planned which will include the uploading of project materials for public use.
MUSICC Project DVD
Following the DVE tat will be used for training. A project DVD will also bne produced in which the partners and their work ar introduced.
An important reqisite for training is the completion of the talking tactile overlays for the training booklets. These will be used in conjunction with the training booklets. Learners with a visual impairment will have the text in DAISY format and in Braille for ease of access in certain cases. Train is expected to take place in selected venues in the partner countries for children, young people and adults. Before selections from the target audience can be trained, the trainers themselves must be trained and a model for training be developed. These will be planned soon.
Project panphlets are to be prepared in Italian, Romanian and Bulgarian. These will be supplemented with a poster to herald the traning along with press releases in the partner countries. A media kit has been created for this purpose. Copies of the Climate Change Through Time is tb given to every trainee, along with the training booklets. Dissemination gifts for raising awareness of global warming and climate change for each trainee to be bought or made by students at RNC. Radio advertisement is planned for use at training, dissemination and other functions
MUSICC Business Plan
Business Plan is to be devleoped document to cover partner activities after the funding period including intellectual property rights.