The needs assessment indicates that Universities that currently do not use eLearning platforms (such as the Faculty of Philosophy at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius) can benefit from these user-friendly systems, which enable use of personalized high-education tools. A system of this kind will improve the digital skills of students and teachers aligned with the needs and challenges of the new century. In addition, universities that already use some kind of a LMS (such as the Universities from the partner countries) can benefit from the tools tailored for the students with disabilities.
Two groups will directly benefit from this project: Students in HEI’s participating in this project (including students with disabilities) and HEI’s teaching, management and administration staff. The indirect beneficiaries – through the multiplier events – are students, teaching, management and administration staff from other HEIs in the host and partner countries, as well as primary and secondary schools (including special schools), who may see benefit from the developed accessible LMS and the training module for LMS usage developed with this project.
Transnational project implementation is vital because of experiences of other countries that have already developed this kind of eLearning management system, or are currently working on its development. This will bring added value to the project and the accessible LMS development and implementation. Transnational implementation of the project will provide exchange of the good practices among the partners, which will lead towards more perceivable and operable eLearning management system, offering understandable information and user interface components. Transnational implementation is crucial for developing transnational education modules and courses, and the expanded dissemination of the obtained knowledge.
Moving to the expected results, the so-called tangible results would be:
– an online (open access) e-learning management system accessible to people with disabilities;
– accessible, operable and understandable on-line lectures, different contents, on-line library;
– more integrated use of ICT and open resources in high education institutions;
– a mobile application developed for accessible LMSs;
– new teaching methods and open pedagogy approaches;
– online e-modules (courses);
– manuals for E-learning;
– increased access to e-materials;
– increased transnational cooperation in the field of high education.
The intangible results we expect to achieve are:
– greater understanding of diversity;
– improved social inclusion of disadvantaged learners;
– increased opportunities for disabled students (students with impaired vision, impaired hearing, physical disabilities, specific learning difficulties etc.) on the labor market;
– increased IT and media literacy skills in HEI staff and students;
– improved connection between different types of formal and non-formal learning;
– increased motivation;
– increased satisfaction in everyday work;
– increased opportunities forthe business sector;
– increased competition on the labor market;
– increased quality of education.