Project Overview

Inclusive Education with Tablets (IncluEdu) is a 3-Year European Project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (KA2) of the European Commission. IncluEdu aims aims to create an innovative, European-wide, modularised further education programme for, and network of, education providers by exploiting the huge potentials of tablet computers for wider inclusion of learners with SEN. The aim is that these organisations gain the necessary competences to successfully introduce mobile ICT such as tablets to support inclusion within their offers.

Context and Background

Smartphones and tablet computers as widespread representatives for mobile information and communication technology (ICT) are expected to innovate learning and teaching in numerous ways, including individualised, anytime and mobile access to learning opportunities for all. Research suggests a profound effect of mobile ICT on pedagogy and on learners. For learners with special educational needs (SEN) mobile ICT allows for an even wider individualisation of learning materials and adaptation to personal learning styles. Inclusion for people with SEN in education is a primary goal in Europe. Analyses conclude that what is good practice and provision for learners with SEN is good for all learners.

Yet, educational organizations are not yet ready to adopt mobile ICT and to realise the potentials of this technologies for broadening inclusion. To become more inclusive and to adapt teaching and learning structures and approaches correspondingly, deciders, managers and teachers of educational institutions need new competences.

Activities and Results

The Strategic Partnership will develop, test and implement outcomes relevant to stimulate a wider uptake of ICT in teaching and learning to increase the level of inclusion of a wide array of educational organisations, with a particular focus on compulsory education. Six inter-connected intellectual outputs form the “heart” of this partnership: a Quality Guideline for development and delivery of inclusive tablets courses; a competence matrix and set of key modules for individualized courses; a module on personalized learning with tablets; a collection of practical inclusive learning and teaching scenarios; a unique online community and resource platform for educational professionals; and a benchmarking approach that fosters a high level of quality to make this project a strategic partnership of excellence.