Net@ccessibility: A research and training project regarding the transition from formal to informal learning for university students who are developing lifelong plans

Lucia De Anna, Andrea Canevaro, Patrizia Ghislandi, Maura Striano, Roberto Maragliano, Renzo Andrich

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Abstract

The principal objective of the research project is to create inclusive and accessible environments on the Web, using technologies in an innovative manner in terms of their pedagogical and didactic aspects, and to enable people with disabilities or special needs to enjoy equal opportunities and participate in university matters. Diversity is viewed as an asset in the field of relationships and learning for all. The project also aims to demonstrate the possibilities of learning and knowledge-building in the transition from informal to formal learning. The experimental research was carried out in an academic context involving students, professors and tutors (2297 students, 56 professors and 33 e-tutors). The e-tutors, who aimed to become "inclusive e-tutors", took part in a research-action program and received field training during their mentoring activities. Their ultimate goal, in collaboration with professors and students, was to create an environment both inclusive and accessible for everyone. During the research, participants built models of interactive training. Development of the use of ICT through an interactive and inclusive approach that deals with issues relating to pedagogical and technological accessibility, confirmed the working hypothesis. Another key result was the discovery that relationships and interactions can modify the methods of teaching to make curricula more flexible and accessible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-134
Number of pages17
JournalAlter
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Disability
  • Inclusion
  • Multimedia
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health(social science)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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