Project description

The project goal is two-fold:
(i) to increase our understanding on theory and pedagogical and technological practice on learning through assistive technologies (ATs) in multisensory environments (MSE) by sharing our knowledge and experiences, and
(ii) to build a new Nordic-Baltic network on the topic.

Special education is the disciplinary focus in our project. Thus, our work will ultimately support education as a human right for all people (UN General Assembly, 2007) and promote EU’s goals for ICT for learning and inclusion. ATs refer to “any product or service design to enable independence for disabled and older people” (FAST, 2001). There is large body of research on the topic of technology to support learners with special educational needs. Application possibilities look promising. However, several issues need further attention: there is a need to advance co-creation and collaboration with end-users of product and service design; to develop interdisciplinary approach and cross-disciplinary communication, especially in regards access to learning and technology, and social aspects (e.g. inclusion and social interaction, independence and self-confidence), and ; to develop competence among professionals working in education, health and social sector, as well as among teachers in higher education in these areas. Our Nordic-Baltic project-cooperation between five countries and eight partners, within an activity framework of four workshops and case-studies, shall address these areas. The project will utilize broadly social media and video-conferencing in its work, and in internal and external communication. Iterative process-evaluation will be applied and outcomes reported as a multimedia-publication.