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Multiplier Event organized by the University of Milano-Bicocca

Il prossimo 21 novembre si svolgerà online il webinar "Obiettivi di Design Inclusivo: come pensarli, come raggiungerli", un "multiplier event" del progetto Erasmus+ InDO - Inclusive Design Objectives. L'evento, in lingua italiana, presenterà i risultati di questa iniziativa e punterà sull'effetto moltiplicatore in dialogo con altri due progetti.

Dopo una breve introduzione, il prof. Enrico Angelo Emili dell'Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo” presenterà I-Rain: applicativo per aumentare contenuti didattici e renderli più accessibili. Seguirà un intervento illustrativo di materiali e risorse pensati per aumentare l'inclusività della didattica attraverso tecnologie e metodologie raccolte dal gruppo di lavoro del progetto InDO, rappresentato dal coordinatore, dott. Andrea Mangiatordi. Chiuderà l'evento, con uno sguardo rivolto al futuro, la dott.ssa Alessia Signorelli, dell'Università degli Studi di Perugia, che presenterà SEL4@ll, un videogioco per sviluppare competenze socio-emotive e inclusive negli adolescenti.

L'incontro è gratuito, ma è richiesta l'iscrizione tramite il link

Ai partecipanti sarà rilasciato un attestato e saranno illustrate le modalità di accesso alle risorse e ai materiali presentati.

In October 2023, the third partner meeting was held in Leeuwarden, bringing together the partners of the project once more. During the two-day meeting, held on 18th and 19th of October at the office of one of our partners, LHF, strides towards the finishing of the project activities were made.

The TPM kicked off informally on the 17th, with partners arriving in Leeuwarden and gathering for an informal dinner. The first meeting day started with dissecting various aspects of the project, focused on how to further refine Project Results number 1, 2 and 3, namely the online course about Understanding by Design and Differentiated Instruction, the Compendium of Pedagogies and the InDO App for the 21st Century Classroom.

In the afternoon, the group visited NHL Stenden University for a tour and participated in the ‘differentiation in Education’ Multiplier event organised by LHF. The event included some interesting discussions on the project’s materials and workshops on differentiation and inclusion topics. More details on this event can be found in a separate blog post about the multiplier event.

The second day continued with an in-depth discussion on our Policy Recommendation Report, or Result n. 4, focusing on policy report structures, stakeholder consultations, and development of the final policy recommendations report. The meeting concluded with reflections on project quality assurance and administrative issues. 

As the project is almost coming to its end, it gave a big boost on our resolve to conclude every action in the best possible way!

Education thrives on diversity and inclusion. This was the resounding message at the recent international event ‘’Differentiation in Education’’ held on Wednesday 18 October at NHL Stenden University. The event, organised by NHL Stenden and Learning Hub Friesland, brought together participants from higher education institutions, VET organisations and international guests. 

The day began with a guided tour of NHL Stenden, showcasing its innovative facilities like co-working spaces and innovation labs. This immersive experience set the stage for the day’s discussions, emphasizing the importance of physical and sensory engagement in learning. 

Participants gathered for the start of the event
Start of the event at NHL Stenden

The event featured two rounds of workshops, focusing on various aspects of educational differentiation. These sessions were spearheaded by experts from higher education, VET education and international guests. They shared insights and practices from the InDo project, receiving enthusiastic responses from the participants. 

People in a workshop room
One of the workshops, led by InDO partner Manuel Oliveira from the University of Aveiro

The differentiation in education event at NHL Stenden was a beacon of inspiration in the journey towards more inclusive and diverse educational practices. It underscored the importance of understanding and addressing the multifaceted needs of learners in a globalized educational environment.  Overall, the event was a great success. Both participants and workshop leaders had an enjoyable and enriching experience, highlighting the event’s effectiveness in bringing together a community committed to enhancing educational diversity and inclusivity. 

The European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM) was held this year at the ISCTE Business School in Lisbon, Portugal, in early September. During the event, the 8th Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Award was awarded ex-aequo to three papers, one of which was based on the work done for the InDO project.

Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira, from the University of Aveiro, and Andrea Mangiatordi, from the University of Milano-Bicocca, jointly presented the project in relation to the work done in Aveiro by implementing some of the results of the InDO project. As one of the outcomes of the project is a comprehensive compendium of teaching practices, freely available on the website, these have been adopted in teaching research methodology in an undergraduate course.

Andrea Mangiatordi and Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira from the InDO project together with the judges of the 8th Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Award

Understanding by Design and Differentiated Instruction

The core methodologies of Understanding by Design and Differentiated Instruction in the InDO project focus on designing educational content that is inclusive and caters to diverse learning needs. This approach ensures that all students, regardless of their preferences and capabilities, can benefit from a more tailored and effective educational experience.

The success and winning of the award is not just a testament to the dedication of the two universities, but also reflects the collaborative spirit of the Erasmus+ KA2 project. Running from December 2021 to November 2023, the project brought together six partners from different countries in Europe, all dedicated to creating more inclusive and innovative classrooms.

As the INDO project continues to influence and reform educational practices, it stands as an example of international collaboration and the pursuit of teaching excellence. It underscores the importance of adapting teaching methods to meet the evolving needs of students in a rapidly changing educational landscape. 

Are you excited about innovative teaching methodologies and want to learn more? Dive deeper into the #INDO project’s award-winning research and other freely available materials on the website. 

In the serene settings of Leitrim, Ireland, the second partner meeting of the INDO project took place, on the 16th and 17th of November. The two-day meeting was a focal point for discussions on the project developments and future strategies. 

The first day started with a warm welcome to the attendees, followed by the session led by UNIMIB. This was dedicated to the progress of result number 1, the ‘’Understanding by design and differentiated instruction for inclusive classrooms’’ course. Discussions covered the design and development of an online curriculum in various project languages, user testing and the publication of the curriculum. 

After the coffee break, the team from AVEIRO took the lead to discuss the R2 development update on the Compendium of Pedagogies and the R1 questionnaire data. The primary focus was on assembling content, protocols for engaging with experienced teachers to collect use cases, and timelines.

The second day began with the same enthusiastic spirit, starting with a session led by EUEI delving deeper into R2. This session focused particularly on the design and layout of the compendium. Discussions revolved around best practices in publication, protocols for champion engagement, timelines and tools. 

Following a brief coffee break, attention shifted to R3 plans - to develop the InDO app that will feature digital tools for teachers, jointly led by EUEI and MMS. The session outlined technical requirements, content and structure development, and included a presentation of a similar web app for review and brainstorming. 

The meeting concluded with a lunch together at the Leitrim Inn & Blueway Lodge, marking the end of two days filled with productive discussions, collaborative planning, and a unified vision for the future of the project!

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