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
UDL Camps – Intensive training events on inclusive eLearning and blended learning
(UDL = Universal Design for Learning, UDeL = Universal Design for eLearning)
Four transnational intensive training events (UDL Camps), each three days long, will be organised in Norway and Sweden at the following dates:
- 14-16.1.2020 in Oslo, Norway
- UDL Camp 2 in Lund is moved to 7-11 September 2020 and will be held online.
- December 2020 in Trondheim or Oslo, Norway
- March 2021 in Lund, Sweden
Approximately 12-18 eLearning staff or teachers (2-4 from each of the TINEL partners) will be invited to attend each of the UDL Camps. An individual participant can attend one or maybe more UDL Camps. We prefer to have more participants have the opportunity to attend the UDL Camps than having the same participants in all UDL Camps.
If you are interested in participating in any of the UDL Camps and you are working at one of the higher education institutions in the TINEL project, please send an email to the contact person for your organisation:
HÄME University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Finland: Merja Saarela, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lund University, Sweden: Håkan Eftring, email@example.com
NTNU, Norway: Elinor Olaussen, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Tarja Ladonlahti, email@example.com
University of York, UK: Helen Petrie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tasks and content
At the UDL Camps, the participant will:
- Choose a course to work on from a UDL perspective, to improve the inclusive eLearning or blended learning.
- Learn about UDL/UDeL, student diversity and how to increase the flexibility of the chosen course regarding how students can engage in learning, how students can receive information and how students can express their knowledge.
- Work in groups to improve the course.
- Give feedback to the project partners about the learning material used at the UDL Camp, so the learning material can be further developed and improved in the project.
Intellectual Outputs from the UDL Camps
The UDL Camps will contribute to two of the project’s intellectual outputs: Developing learning material and a training model.
Innovative pedagogical and technological UDL learning material for teachers in higher education will be developed iteratively and tested throughout the four UDL Camps. Early versions of the learning material will be used in the first UDL Camp and will then be improved based on the feedback from the UDL Camp participants. The learning material will consist of:
- UDL context cards showing a wide variety of situations a proactive teacher is prepared for. Each card shows a headline and an image on one side and a description of the situation on the other side. The UDL context cards can be used as a tool for teachers to test a course in advance to see if the teacher has thought of most situations that could occur in a course, especially in relation to student diversity and different learning situations and preferences.
- Videos with students and their experiences from different learning situations.
- Videos with teachers and their experiences from different UDL solutions.
- A collection of scientific/conference papers about teachers’ experiences of UDL. These papers can be used as a base for discussions when training teachers in UDL.
Additionally, the UDL Camps will create mentoring networks for the participants in order to support their implementation of inclusive eLearning. The mentoring networks will consist of the other participants in the UDL Camp and the project partners.
A training model for training eLearning staff and teachers in UDL will be developed. This model will focus on two levels: A practical level and a meta-level.
The practical level will consist of instructions how to use the learning material used in the UDL Camps (UDL Context Cards, videos and scientific/conference papers). These instructions will be iteratively developed using feedback from the UDL Camp participants.
At the meta-level, the training model will consist of methods how to implement UDL in practice. The methods will be based on the experience and participant feedback from the UDL Camps and the subsequent Webinars and workshops. It will also include the participants’ experiences from developing their own eLearning or blended learning courses. The training model will be reported in a scientific paper.
International and national Webinars and workshops will follow each of the transnational intensive training events (UDL Camps).
Webinars and workshops to follow-up the UDL Camps
Each UDL Camp will be followed by international and national webinars and workshops to follow-up the intensive training and to spread the results of the previous UDL Camp. The Webinars and workshops will be held 1-2 months after each of the UDL Camp:
UDL Webinar/workshop 1
- 10.3.2020, Follow-up international webinar for the participants in UDL Camp 1
- 17.4.2020, National webinar for Higher Education Institutions in Finland
- Online Follow-up workshop for project partners, 18-20 May 2020
UDL Webinar/workshop 2
- The Follow-up international webinar for the participants in UDL Camp 2 Monday 19 October (10-12 in Finland, 9-11 in Sweden/Norway, 8-10 in UK)
- 21.10.2020 National webinar for Higher Education Institutions in Sweden
- [Date to be decided] Follow-up workshop for project partners in Lund, Sweden
UDL Webinar/workshop 3 (Preliminary dates)
- December 2020 Follow-up international webinar for the participants in UDL Camp 3
- December 2020 National webinar for Higher Education Institutions in UK
- January 2021 Follow-up workshop for project partners in Oslo, Norway
UDL Webinar/workshop 4
- April 2021 Follow-up international webinar for the participants in UDL Camp 4
- April 2021 National webinar for Higher Education Institutions in Norway
- May 2021 Follow-up workshop for project partners in Lund, Sweden
Plan for the follow-up international webinars
The participants who knows each other from the previous UDL Camp will meet again online to share what they have done and reflected upon since the UDL Camp, e.g. experience from the learning material developed in the project (8 hours work). They will prepare a presentation at home for this webinar (8 hours work). The project partners will also participate. After the webinar, the participants will reflect on and prepare how they will continue developing their courses. Documented in writing (8 hours work).
Plan for the national webinars
Norway, Sweden, UK and Finland will hold national webinars to Higher Education Institutions, to present the results of the previous UDL Camp and results from the participants’ presentations at the follow-up international webinars.
Plan for the workshops
Workshops for the project partners will be held in Norway, Sweden, [UK and Finland] after the national webinars to sum up what has been learnt, to plan the further development to learning material and training model and to plan the next UDL Camp.
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 overall 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.
More information on Suomen eOppimiskeskus.