A detailed sustainability plan is developed and embedded into the long-term project plan, having in mind that there is a well developed plan for risk assessment and management, developed key performance indicators and project target goals which are measurable.
Although sustainability is a dynamic process, the project partners will set forth devising a comprehensive plan for widening and augmenting the concept itself, as well as a wider integration within the national educational network, aiming at complete application of e-learning and distance-learning options for all students, especially students with disabilities. The acquirement of new IT and media literacy skills in the persons with disabilities gained with the use of this accessible LMS will enable their long-lasting competition in the labor market and create a lasting value.
The dissemination strategy is also organised with the aim of guaranteeing the sustainability. Various platforms for dissemination of the project results, like Erasmus+ platforms EPALE and School Education Gateway, will allow open access to the project results to various target groups. They will be used as part of the dissemination strategy and will ensure long-term sustainability.
The strategic planning is a step towards systemic changes which can support the project’s positive outcomes. The project results are expected to be incorporated within the framework of higher education offered by the participating institutions; this would mean that once planning and implementation is completed, it becomes a regular part of University life and operates within the annual budget of the Institution, thus continuously delivering benefits to the project target groups for an extended period. After the project ends the organizations will have the program capacity, human capacity, communication capacity and the financial capacity for the system’s sustainability.
More specifically, the strategic plan involves:
– Financial sustainability: Participating organizations will ensure a steady flow of own funding for the continuation of the accessible LMS interoperability because of the enlarged number of students using the distance learning options. The funding will also be looked for through available national and international programs;
– Institutional / Organisational sustainability: Participating organizations will have developed skills for the continuation of the project outreach as they will develop new partnerships and boost current relations. The idea of involving Public bodies, National Agencies and other organizations outside the partnership is a way to guarantee the sustainability of this tool;
– Program sustainability: the participating organization will undertake systemic program activities within their annual organizational plans to assure long-lasting functionality of the LMS.