Title Disability Awareness of Academic Teachers: Improvements through E-Learning
Project Number 2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19908
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
DARe-Learning was about getting to know one another. We were becoming familiar with each other’s needs, including those stemming from a specific disability type and degree. We were all learning in order to create and develop better, knowledge-based, societies, where no-one is excluded on grounds of their disability or for any other reason.
The sole condition for using the training course is logging in at the e-learning platform.
The DARe-Learning project responded to the lack of knowledge among academic teachers of the modern understanding of disability. The knowledge of how persons with disabilities function in daily lives should become part of their basic vocational qualifications and be moved from the special education sector to mainstream education and training.
The innovative nature of the project consists of well known and tested (in a number of commercial projects and in academic contexts) mixed form of education known as blended learning (a combination of distance learning and conventional education). Such a way of acquiring knowledge about disability was appealing to the participants. It engaged them more and exercise further knowledge already acquired in the group training sessions.
The main aim of the project was to enhance the level of vocational qualifications of academic teachers in regard to their knowledge of disability and modern educational methods used in working with persons with disabilities. All the technical solutions applied by the project is adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities.
Specific project objectives were:
- Provision of reliable knowledge on disability and its types; physiological and psychological consequences and barriers persons with disabilities are faced with in access to education and the labour market along with ways of eliminating them,
- Developing an active attitude in academic teachers supporting people with disabilities in regard to supporting education and students' professional skills,
- To equip academic teachers with the ability to communicate with people with disabilities successfully and efficiently,
- To eliminate routine thinking about disability, stereotypes and withdrawal attitudes,
- Building a culture of diversity in educational institutions, and
- To develop skills related to the use of information and communication technologies in the education and training sector.
The DARe-Learning consortium brought together four universities:
Jagiellonian University (Poland), Aristotle University (Greece), Charles University (Czech Republic) and Pierre-Marie Curie University (France). These are public schools of higher education boasting major achievements as regards support for students with disabilities and work with academic staff in this area.
The project outcome is a syllabus of a disability awareness training course for academic teachers and an e-learning platform, which is integrated into the existing www.darelearning.eu website, currently a thematic portal for teachers focusing on educational support for persons with disabilities.
DARe-Learning Project followed the spirit of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by the EU on 23 December 2010.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
material for open learning
open and distance learning
The outputs of the project are:
1. Syllabus of a disability awareness training course for academic teachers (trainer's manual + participant's materials + e-learning platform)
3. Promotional materials