Title Disability Awareness of Academic Teachers: Improvements through E-Learning
Project Number 2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19908
Product Syllabus of a disability awareness training course for academic teachers
Title Syllabus of a disability awareness training course for academic teachers
Product Type open and distance learning
Marketing Text DARe-Learning is an e-learning course for academic teachers wishing to improve their qualifications in terms of offering support to students with disabilities. It is a supplement and an extension of the group workshop whose aim is to build disability awareness and give the participants the opportunity to discuss and think over their attitudes towards the presence of students with disabilities in the university community.
The material covers both “classic” disabilities such as those of sight, mobility or hearing as well as those resulting from mental-health difficulties or chronic diseases forcing people to change their lifestyles, and consequently to modify the way they pursue university studies. The training course also covers modules on speech impairments and specific learning difficulties.
The material has been arranged in a clear fashion, following a recurring pattern for each type of disability described. Thanks to such a structure it is easy to capture differences and similarities between the needs of students with educational difficulties as well as to find information needed ad hoc, for those who having completed the course would like to return to it after some time looking for a solution to a specific issue.
The course is summarised, and the knowledge acquired in it tested, by an educational game based on the academic experiences of four students. The characters featuring in the game: Jan, Julia, Piotr and Barbara have actually existed and received educational support at their universities thanks to which they were able to complete the studies successfully. The course participant’s task is to “lead” each of them through a single university course. Once all the four characters have obtained a course-completion credit, the DARe-Learning training course can be deemed successfully completed by the teacher participating in the course.
The authors of the programme recommend using the entire offer developed by the DARe-Learning project, that is the group workshop and the e-learning course, as well as becoming familiar with the package of publications collected here.
Target group Academic teachers
Result Syllabus of a disability awareness training course for academic teachers (trainer's manual + participant's materials + e-learning platform)
Area of application