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UNICA SEMINAR: Equality and Diversity in HE Sep 27/28 2007 Brussels. Introducing SCIPS - a web based resource that helps teachers support disabled students’ learning. Dr Val Chapman [National Teaching Fellow] Director, Centre for Inclusive Learning Support University of Worcester UK.

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UNICA SEMINAR: Equality and Diversity in HE

Sep 27/28 2007

Brussels

Introducing SCIPS -

a web based resource that helps teachers

support disabled students’ learning

Dr Val Chapman

[National Teaching Fellow]

Director, Centre for Inclusive Learning Support

University of Worcester UK


Session aim
Session aim:

  • To introduce the SCIPS online resource which:

    • offers strategies for promoting inclusive teaching, learning and assessment

    • identifies potential challenges that disabled students may experience in achieving or demonstrating key skills and attributes

    • gives strategies and adjustments to practice that teachers/trainers might consider in helping students overcome these challenges


Improving the learning experience of disabled students
Improving the Learning Experience of Disabled Students

Sources of funding:

  • SCIPS: A web-based resource that provides Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study

  • Leonardo da Vinci Funded project QATRAIN

  • LearnHigherCentre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) disability project,Developing Inclusive Curricula in Higher Education


Scips web based resource www scips worc ac uk
SCIPS web based resourcewww.scips.worc.ac.uk

  • HEFCE-funded disability project (Jan 03 –Dec 04)

  • Inclusive approaches for disabled students

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA), 2001, (DDA part 4)

  • Identification and removal of barriers to participation in all areas, including L&T

  • Lessons from Australia

  • Dearth of subject specific resources for teaching disabled students


Staff concerns
Staff concerns:

  • Open to changing practices to include disabled learners

  • Personal liability under the Disability Discrimination Act (UK)

  • Lack of confidence in what should/could be done to make reasonable adjustments

  • Maintenance of academic standards


Scips structure
SCIPS structure

Browse by: Browse by: Browse by:

Disability

Subject andDisability

Subject

Full Description of Characteristics of Disability

Characteristics Impacting on Learning and Teaching

Brief Description of Characteristics of Disability

General Teaching Strategies relating to the disability

Specific subject information for the disability

Description of Subject

from Benchmark Statement

(QAA)

link


Database content
Database content

  • Information generated by project team

    • inputs and vetting by chairs of benchmarking teams

    • some new information

    • some collated & acknowledged

  • Quality control

    • Spot checks

    • Testers and reviewers

    • Online feedback


Qatrain www qatrain eu
QATRAINwww.qatrain.eu

  • Quality Assurance and Accessible Training

  • Leonardo da Vinci funded project, Oct 05-Sept 07

  • Partners: Bulgaria, France, Greece and Poland

  • UK site extended to include 6 more subjects, some at FD level (Geography and Psychology)

  • Australian interest

  • Further European bids


Additional subjects european partners sites
Additional subjects – European partners’ sites

Phase 1

  • Computing science

  • Economics

  • Pedagogy

  • English language

  • Maths Statistics & OR

Phase 2

  • Physiotherapy

  • Political science

  • Sociology

  • International Foundation Diploma


Subjects on uk scips site
Subjects on UK SCIPS site

  • Computing;

  • Dance, Drama & Performance;

  • English;

  • Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism;

  • Mathematics, Statistics & Operational Research;

  • Music;

  • Nursing;

  • Physiotherapy;

  • Social Work;

  • Veterinary Science;

  • Geography;

  • Psychology;

  • Learning Assistant (FD);

  • Early Years (FD);

  • Manufacturing Management

    (FD);

  • International Foundation

    Diploma;

  • Forthcoming 07/08:

  • Sociology + 5 more


Learnhigher cetl
LearnHigher CETL

  • 16 partner HEIs

  • 20 ‘learning areas’

  • April 2005 –April 2010

  • Development of resources to support staff development

    • Extension of SCIPS web based resource

    • Disability database

    • Staff development materials UW’s focus: ‘Learning for All’


Developing inclusive curricula in higher education higher education academy project uk
Developing Inclusive Curricula in Higher Education’ Higher Education Academy Project, UK

  • One of 10 HEA supported projects

  • 5 x disability and 5 x widening participation

  • Sept 2007- Dec 2008

  • Aims:

    • To improve the learning experience of disabled students in Higher Education;

    • To further embed effective inclusive practices in learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum design throughout all academic departments within the University of Worcester (UW) and relevant departments in its partner colleges.


The good news
The good news….

  • QATRAIN 2

  • Leonardo da Vinci Funding

  • SCIPS extended to enable teachers and trainers involved in post 16 vocational education and training (VET) to better support the needs of disabled learners

  • Learner activity-based rather than subject-based

  • Partners: UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey

  • Nov 2007 –Oct 2009


  • Why do geese fly further and faster than eagles?

  • They fly in flocks and the updraft from the beat of each pair of wings from the bird in front supports the flight of the others following. The geese fly V formation taking it in turns to lead and share the biggest workload.


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