2nd Workshop on Inclusive E-Learning

e-Inclusion is a necessary prerequisite to let people with different kinds of disabilities stay as equal members of our society. Quite a few people work towards solutions in the field of eLearning, collaborative learning, shared knowledge construction and the like -- as we have been able to see in our previous workshop in 2008 as part of the ECTEL conference. Due to this prior successful event, we organized the second in this series of e-Inclusion in eLearning workshops. This time, our workshop was part of the international eLearning Baltics (eLBa) conference and congress in Rostock, Germany. It was held on June 17, 2009.

In this workshop we would like to go further into the question how researcher and developer for special solutions for elderly people and people with learning disabilities can benefit from each others' experiences. We will address the comparable difficulties experienced by very young learners, learners with physically and/or learning disabilities and elderly people when using ICT. Our assumption is that developing computer supported learning environments and utilities for every day life shares more common properties than the diverse target groups let expect. Considering not only technical but pedagogical and contextual aspects and intended outcomes and needs is a key for success solutions.

Main Topics

Topics are (but not restricted to):

  • computer enriched environments/scenarios to support everyday life management of disabled or elderly people
  • practice reports
  • study results about difficulties with and/or advantages of computers used by elderly or disabled people
  • software developed for the target groups
  • research/studies about differences and similarities observed when handicapped and elderly people are using computers

 What's next?

A big Thank you to everyone who contributed to or participated in our 2nd Workshop on Inclusive eLearning!
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Organising Committee

  • Alke Martens, e-Learning and Cognitive Systems, University of Rostock, Germany
  • Andreas Lingnau, Knowledge Media Research Center, Tübingen, Germany
  • Martina Weicht, e-Learning and Cognitive Systems, University of Rostock, Germany

Programme Committee

  • Chris Abbott, Department of Education and Professional Studies, King's College London, UK
  • Stefan Carmien, Departamento de neuroingeniería, FATRONIK, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
  • Andreas Harrer, Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany
  • Peter Zentel, Kirnbachschule Tübingen & PH Reutlingen Germany

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