Title ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY LEARNING THROUGH A UNIFIED CURRICULUM
Project Number 518229-LLP-1-2011-1-UK-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text This project will address the gap in ICT AT support and counter the lack of skills in terms of ICT competencies by the creation of an AT curriculum that aims at providing ICT AT training to learners interested in gaining or sustaining their employment, where they are equally informed on what AT is available to support them in their daily working activities.
Summary This project will address the gap in ICT AT support and counter the lack of skills in terms of ICT competencies by the creation of an AT curriculum that aims at providing ICT AT training to learners interested in gaining or sustaining their employment, where they are equally informed on what AT is available (see linkage to EASTIN) to support them in their daily working activities. ATLEC will also create a curriculum that will take onboard the individual needs for PwDs, their employability needs and perspectives and which will be also adjusted to local circumstances. ATLEC will focus on training the learners (PwDs) in specific skills thus qualifying them to become trainers in this and associated AT ones and also creating a new upgraded specific job profile of ICT AT trainer. Learning will be offered in a blended approach: through F2F training, (either individual or in group) as well as via online learning through a fully accessible WCAG2.0 compliant multilingual platform. The AT curriculum will combine existing popular IT trainings in conjunction with specific ICT AT training by interactive methods such as video tutorials. To foster the integration of learning with working life DN will set –up (e)mentoring schemes as part of the learning conducive environments at the workplace, thus providing the learners with work-placed training and apprenticeship pathways as a basis for development of vocational skills relevant to the labour market needs.
Although there are European initiatives such as EASTIN (www.eastin.info), which already gather (partial) ISO structured databases on AT, the actual ICT AT training is lacking, or not meeting the needs of the end-users. Although there are a number of initiatives on AT across the EU such as ATVET (UK), Blind people in Qualification (Austria), IMPACT, Keeping Pace with Assistive Technology (IT), they mainly address training of the trainers and professionals working with PwDs, and not the actual beneficiaries (people with disabilities) which remain largely unaware of the ICT AT that is there for them. ATLEC is to fill this gap and will focus on training the learners in specific skills particularly tailored according to their individual and employability needs, while also creating the job profile of ICT AT trainer.
The innovation of this project lies with the user centred design approach as well as the individual tailoring of the ATLEC curriculum and training materials to the learners' needs, combined with the implementation of mobile learning objects to support the training, as well as applying mentoring as an additional supportive aspect of the ATLEC training services. The focus is on the person with disability (his/her needs and abilities as a learner), as well as the trainer.
Also the pedagogical methodologies will be innovative, using blended learning (F2F, online and mobile), resulting in accessible WCAG2.0 compliant learning/training objects, which are thus exchangeable with other learning initiatives. All ATLEC learning objects, training material and mobile applications will also be offered through the platform the ViPi project (KA3-ICT, 511792-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) aims to launch in 2012, and which is coordinated by PhoenixKM.
Access for disadvantaged
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
material for open learning
program or curricula
• To create a specific ICT AT curriculum taking into account individual needs/different disabilities;
o Customise the curriculum and nationally adapt it (pilots in UK, BE, GR and IT);
o Publish the training materials as both traditional paper version, as well as exchangeable learning objects (SCORM compliant learning courses).
o Establish a trainer’s handbook that will accompany the ICT AT curriculum.
• To deploy an online as well as mobile learning platform that will enrich the learning experience;
o To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services (both mobile and online, as well as F2F), pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning easily and freely available;
o To provide all training materials and learning objects in a fully accessible manner for all types of disabilities in different formats;
o To publish all tools and learning objects for free under a creative commons license, while also providing it through the VIRGIN portal that will be operational in 2012.
• To make the working environment more accessible for PwDs by implementing a novel, contemporary and benchmarked learning in ICT AT solutions;
o To foster the integration of learning via the ATLEC curriculum, by establishing mentoring schemes and providing workplace training as a basis for the development of vocational skills relevant to the labour market needs;
o To increase the employability of People with disabilities at the work place by teaching them new skills for new jobs.
• To prepare the necessary steps for qualifying people with disabilities as ICT AT trainers;
o To introduce the curriculum to local VET centres, special education and employment centres;
o To prepare a job profile of ICT AT trainer.