EDEN NAP webinar and #EDENChat on 11 December 2019

Designing inclusive and engaging structures to facilitate creativity and learning

EDEN NAP webinar

11 December, 15:30 CET

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This talk explores three principles for inclusive innovation and describes three research and development projects through which these principles have been developed and applied. Rather than seeing the need to be accessible to all as a barrier to innovation, innovation in educational projects can be at its most effective when the goals and processes are inclusive.

The projects described all aimed to create novel and inclusive systems through which people engage and learn. This is achieved through 1) Starting with the audiences who face challenges and then find opportunities to innovate for all; 2) Exploring simple, novel ways to get people to be creative to open up new ways of thinking and participation; and 3) Considering accessibility from the beginning of the process, to create results that are both innovative and inclusive.

The projects are:

  • Out There and In Here, which developed new forms of collaborative activities at a distance, inspired by work to make fieldwork accessible to learners with physical disabilities;
  • ArtMaps, which developed a platform for members of the public to create interpretations of the locational relevance of items in a museum collection; and
  • Our Journey, which provides a simple and engaging structure for learners to represent their study journeys.

You will meet

Tim Coughlan

Tim Coughlan is a Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. His research crosses the areas of Education and Human-Computer Interaction and is particularly focused on the design and evaluation of systems that support inclusion, creativity, and openness in learning.

Current and recent research projects include designing tools for the representation of challenges and achievements in study journeys (Our Journey), improving support in online and open education for disabled students (ADMINS, Ed-ICT, Open Learning and Accessibility), and teaching community-led design practices through online courses (Empowering Design Practices).

Profile: https://iet.open.ac.uk/people/tim.coughlan

The webinar will be followed by an #EDENChat at 18:00 CET hosted by Diana Andone @diando70. Topic is “Analyzes of Digital Skills and Competences for the Creative Industries – the #DigiCulture project”.

Please join us  on Twitter using the hashtag #EDENChat!

#EDENChat is an online discussion event on Twitter initiated by Steering Committee of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP). It is mediated by members of the NAP community and runs for approximately 1 hour. Anyone can join in and contribute to the discussion which is presented in a Question and Answer format and focuses on current issues in distance, open and e-learning. All sessions start at 18:00 CEST.

Previous #EDENChats are listed on the EDEN website according to topics.