Expected Results

IO1: Reference Framework

In 2021, the partners will research the students’ and professors’ expectations in terms of inclusiveness and analyse pedagogical approaches that were proven successful. For this purpose, IDEA will survey 600+ students and 75+ professors from Belgium, France, Poland, Bulgaria and Estonia and organise focus groups with faculty from the 5 participating countries.

 

The partners will develop a report that includes conclusions, lessons learned, best practices and pitfalls from the transition to digital learning environments that was imposed by COVID-19.

 

This first phase of the project and the produced report:

  • answer the needs of the faculty when developing their lectures and when conceiving and managing academic programmes and curricula
  • based on research data, provide information on the expectations of students and professors as well as inspiration on how to adapt their pedagogy
  • provide recommendations on the mistakes to be avoided, propose examples and best practices that can be generalised and warn about possible pitfalls

IO2: QA System

In the second half of 2021, the partners will start developing a system that can help faculties improve and monitor the quality and inclusiveness of their teaching. For this purpose, the project will research existing similar systems, develop an updated and customised version and pilot it using 10 courses from the 5 participating countries

 

Based on the pilot results, the partners will produce a comprehensive “quality assurance and monitoring system” that includes indicators, measurement techniques and guidelines.

 

This system will assist the program/academic directors and faculty:

  • define and operationalise the concept of inclusiveness when it comes to digital education
  • understand its contribution to all phases of their pedagogy
  • update the organization, content, delivery and evaluation modes of their courses
  • update existing QA systems, and apply it to all types of digital education (online, hybrid and blended)

IO3: Transferability Toolkit

In 2022, the project will promote and facilitate self-learning for the faculty when it comes to inclusiveness. IDEA will develop a toolkit that offers self-training materials for faculty members to engage in inclusive pedagogical approaches.

 

The partners will develop a variety of written and audio-visual material, with quick and practical advice on different aspects of inclusive teaching online that can be applied immediately.

 

This is a solution-based approach that answers the needs of faculty members who need:

  • concrete, practical recommendations and guidance regarding the standards for inclusiveness that the “quality assurance system” defined previously
  • concrete, practical recommendations and guidance regarding which tools work best in which situations and on what digital technologies fit to a specific pedagogic method
  • encouragement, insight and inspiration, e.g., through the example and guidance of colleagues, embedded in a collaborative exchange of practices

IO4: Resource Hub and
Evaluation Tools

Towards the end of the project, before March 2023, the partners will integrate all previously developed materials in an online platform and develop assessment tools to be used by the faculty and the students. The partners will use 10+ courses to pilot the assessment tools and finalise the features of the platform.

 

The interactive platform will provide access to evaluation instruments that offer a 360° appraisal concerning the inclusiveness of a course. It will offer customised services depending on the profile of the visitor (faculty or student).

 

Both the platform and the evaluation instruments are targeted at faculty members:

  • the platform is a one-stop shop that answers all needs of faculty, awareness, understanding, guidance and practical examples of the needed changes
  • the assessment tools respond to the need for a realistic evaluation and suggestions for improvement, currently inexistent
  • the assessment tools allow to check from the students’ and the faculty’s perspective, that the evolution in pedagogy results indeed in concrete changes
  • both, the platform and the assessment tools can be used in other settings, such as courses of secondary education, lifelong learning and VET.