Call for best inclusive and flexible eLearning or blended learning practices in higher education
Equal access to higher education for students with the greatest diversity of backgrounds, experiences, learning styles and abilities is becoming a very important priority for higher education institutions. It is also a legal requirement in Europe . Equal access includes access to the educational environment, access to teaching materials and an inclusive student life through blended and eLearning channels.
The call is organized to highlight inclusive and flexible best practice in higher education. The aim is to develop a freely available corpus of best practices in this area to help staff in higher education institutions to support the widest diversity of students, regardless of backgrounds, experiences, learning styles and abilities. To stimulate development of this corpus, we are launching a Call for higher education institutions to present their current best practices initiatives for inclusive and flexible education. These might be initiatives at the level of the whole institution or by a particular group within the institution, either a group responsible for directly teaching students (such as an academic department or team responsible for a particular degree) or a support group (such as the library or the student records team).
We invite higher education institutions in Finland, Norway, Sweden and the UK to submit their best practice initiatives. A panel of experts in accessibility and inclusive learning will review these and the best proposals will be presented at the conference on “The Best European Universal Design in Higher Education” in August 2019.
The Call is being organized by the TINEL Project , funded by the EU Erasmus+ fund.
- The conditions for the Call can be downloaded at: bit.ly/tinel-rules
- To enter the Call, please complete the online entry form available at: bit.ly/tinel-entry-form
- Deadline for submissions: 31 March, 2019, (closing time at 23:59 EET (GMT+2))
- Results and feedback provided to entrants: 17 May, 2019. ***Unfortunately the feedback will be delayed until 22 May***
- Announcement of the winning entries at the Best European Universal Design in Higher Education 2019 Conference, Jyväskylä, Finland: 28 – 29 August, 2019
- Publication of winning entries on the TINEL Project website: 30 August 2019.
 The European Parliament has enacted legislation EN 301549:2015, in which it defines accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT and services in Europe. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the internet and mobile apps, to participate in society to a fuller extent and to lead a more independent life. The directive covers websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies.
 Towards Inclusive eLearning: Improving Accessibility of eLearning in Higher Education from Universal Design for Learning perspective (TINEL) – hamk.fi/tinel
Camps – A transnational UDL Camp on inclusive eLearning and UDL for eLearning staff and teachers
Goal and targets
Improving understanding of UDL principles and perspective in improving inclusive learning.
A three days intensive training event comprising of theoretical presentations (teaching), workshops with hands-on learning activities, participative methods of UID, with pedagogical use of digital tools and media, and an independent final pedagogical product (e.g. a training session) utilising the new skills learned. The leading partners in this activity will be NTNU and ULund, while other partners will contribute according to their expertise.
A transnational UDL Camp on inclusive eLearning and UDL for eLearning staff and teachers will be organised four times: in January 2020 Norway; in June 2020 Sweden; in October 2020 Norway and in March 2021 Sweden.
Workshop and webinars to follow-up the UDL Camp
Goal and targets
To develop pedagogical and technological inclusive eLearning skills.
The idea here is that the learning started in the UDL Camp will be followed up and supported by these on-line learning sessions, arranged as webinars and blended learning. The added value by extending training to national environment and following up the intensive training in the UDL Camp, is that they will lead to deeper learning and more solid and sustainable skills and competence. The periods in between the learning sessions can be used in rehearsing the new skills in practice, putting them in use, thereby allowing the training participants also to find out where further support to their learning is still needed. The further support will then be available at workshop/webinars. Webinars will produce learning materials that will be published on-line.
The Best European Universal Design in Higher Education Conference 28.-29.8.2019, Jyväskylä Finland.
Welcome to the Best Practices in Universal Design for eLearning in Higher Education conference!
Join us in this great opportunity to have innovative discussions about Universal Design for eLearning (including blended learning) in higher education. Over two days you will learn more about good educational and accessible practices from many higher education institutions and many countries including Finland, Sweden, Norway and United Kingdom. You can also share your own ideas and initiatives related to this topic in our poster sessions.
During Spring 2019 the TINEL project organized an Open Call for the best inclusive and flexible eLearning or blended learning practices in higher education. At the conference, the best initiatives and practices from this call will be presented, followed by a publication.
Quality Education for all!
Conference programme is free of charge.
TINEL Closing conference, In York University, United Kingdom, in June 2021
The whole TINEL-project closing conference for wider audience will be held in June 2021. The results of the HEI model with guidelines for evaluation of the best practices of eLearning accessibility from UID perspective with pedagogical and technological results from case studies supported within UDL-processes and within developed learning materials will be presented and published.
- Helen Petrie
- University of York
- Anne Torkildsby
- Kaisa Honkonen
- Association of Finnish eLearning Centre
- Håkan Eftring
- Lund University
- Tarja Ladonlahti
- University of Jyväskylä
Towards Inclusive eLearning: Improving Accessibility of eLearning in Higher Education from Universal Design for Learning perspective
Towards Inclusive eLearning: Improving Accessibility of eLearning in Higher Education from Universal Design for Learning perspective (TINEL) is an Erasmus+ funded project, coordinated by Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK).
- The over all aim of the project is to improve inclusive eLearning from UDL perspective. The project objectives are:
to map and explore inclusive practices of eLearning and implementation aspects of UDL approach in HEIs
- to develop an evaluation tool and a training model for improving eLearning accessibility from UDL perspective
- to develop pedagogical and technological skills of staff for improving inclusive eLearning from UDL perspective.
The project will be carried out during 1.10.2018-31.8.2021 in cooperation between six partners The Association of Finnish eLearning Centre (NGO), University of Jyväskylä from Finland, Lund University from Sweden, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) from Norway and University of York from United Kingdom.