Choosing the participants

All participants in different project activities will be selected by a public call, in a transparent manner, in relation to their competencies, project and research experiences and capability to implement this innovative idea into practice.

The legal representative and the project coordinator in each country-participant will appoint project team members, which will be included in all project activities. The number of the team representatives will be proportional to the total number of employees of each institution involved in the project, so that a successful dissemination can be conducted. These researchers will be engaged in IO 1-4, the short-term joint training events and will coordinate and participate in the multiplier events and transnational meetings. The HEI’s academic, management and administrative staff will be included in the dissemination activities and will contribute to the sustainability of this innovative platform. All HEI staff and students (including students with disabilities) from the participating universities will acquire IT and media literacy skills and will be practically engaged and involved in IO2, IO3 and IO4. They will obtain user accounts for free access to the accessible LMS and they will be part of process of implementation and testing of the accessible LMS and the mobile app.

Students with special needs, such as impaired vision, impaired hearing, specific learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia) and physical disabilities, from all participating universities will be included in IO 2, 3 and 4. Eight persons with special needs will participate and be fully engaged in the short-term training activities and the multiplier events. Their contribution to the development of the accessible LMS, and the e-module for accessible LMS usage is invaluable because of their specific insight of the problems they encounter daily.

Participants from the associate partner institution – the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia – will be selected from the departments for Higher education and Special needs education and will be appointed by the Minister, considering that the Minister is the signatory of the letter of support. They will communicate with the project team members from the applicant organization related to all activities in IO1 and IO4 and the dissemination of the activities in E3.

Participants with fewer opportunities

The project coordinator will designate team members to assure full participation of these persons in the project activities regarding their needs and possibilities. These professionals should be sensitive to the particular special needs they encounter and should have experiences in the work with students with disabilities. The professional who will work closely with the students with impaired vision must read in Braille, have skills in accompanying blind persons, and ICT skills for use of a screen reader for blind users. The person who would be supporting the deaf students would have to be fluent in Macedonian Sign Language and in International Sign Language. The person who would be working with the students with specific learning difficulties would be a professional in the work with students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, and the project team member who would be working with physically disabled students would have to have professional experience for education support in that field.

Eight students with disabilities will be involved in different activities together with the project team members, such as the development of the LMS accessibility and development of the joint e-module but also in activities related to transfer of knowledge, skills, and the dissemination of results by the project team. Because of all the needs stated above regarding the participants with impaired hearing, impaired vision and physical disability, it will be necessary that they have accompanying persons with them during the short-term training events.

Having in mind that the main purpose of this project is accessibility of LMSs for persons with disabilities, they will be included in various project activities. Eight students with disabilities (impaired hearing, impaired vision, specific learning difficulties and physical disability) from the three participating Universities will participate in the C1 and C2 (short-term training events) and they will contribute to the development of the LMS and particularly its accessibility. During IO2 and IO3 they will participate in different project activities related to the construction and implementation of the accessible LMS and the mobile app. They will also participate in IO4 as they will contribute to the development of the curriculum for the joint e-module for the accessible IMS usage.

They will be a vital part of the multiplier events and they will contribute to the dissemination and visibility of the project results and the long-term sustainability of the project.