National Round Table in Italy

National Round Table in Italy

ALdia – the project come to an end, but not its resources!

During the last phases of “ALdia – Accessible Learning design, implementation and accreditation” project, CESIE organized two roundtables events in Palermo with teachers and policy makers in the educational system. The objectives of the project, concluded on  31st December were to define disabled student needs in both higher education and VET sectors, to promote diversity within the educational environment and create social bonds between persons with and without disabilities. But also, to develop and field-test an innovative, flexible, Massive Open Online Course for higher education lecturers and VET trainers and to validate the acquired expertise through certification that will be based on the ECVET principles, thus facilitating its use across Europe.

The events were organized in schools, the first event (held at I.P.S.S.E.O.A. Pietro Piazza – a secondary school) was held on  29th October 2018 while the second one (held at ISS Ernesto Ascione) was organized for  17th  December 2018. The main objective of the events was to present the ALDIA findings, results and MOOC capabilities, but also discuss with stakeholders and teachers the current situation in Italy regarding education and disabled students. It was important to present the projects and its results to teachers and stakeholders both of secondary schools and universities. In fact, by creating a network of people who know the project and the online platform, it is easier to exploit the results and news related to ALDIA. Also, it was important to raise awareness on the topic as well as a new form of education for teachers.

CESIE involved in the event several support teachers and teachers of both school and university as well as people at management level of these institutions. The total amount of people who participated in the roundtables was 35 and the participants of the roundtables found the ALdia MOOC useful and complete. The ones who already received education on the topic, mainly because it was their occupation, found it very valuable to have more ideas and more ways to learn about disability and education. They also mentioned  the fact that it is free is important for sustainability and to grant access to all teachers interested. So, regarding the usefulness and helpfulness there were no doubts among the audience of the roundtables.

CESIE with the other partner organizations hopes that with work conducted in the local community and at national level, ALdia was able to raise awareness on the physical and educational needs of disabled students as well as to produce a useful tool for teachers and educators involved in the educational system.

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