SUSKIDS 3rd Meeting… was held online!

Since COVID  prevented SUSKIDS consortium from travelling to Belgium to attend the third Transnational Meeting face-by-face, we organized an online Meeting to plan our next activities.

Firstly, regarding our Virtual Learning Environment, our technological partner Bjäland introduced the main steps they are working on: for instance, the roles in the platform, that will allow most advanced students to support their peers as facilitators. Moreover, additional activities have been included, that will improve the autonomous learning and the continuous feedback. The Virtual Learning Environment has been tested by schools working with people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities, led by our Project Ambassadors Asociación Síndrome de Down Burgos, who highlighted the high transferability potential of this tool. From their part, the contents have been translated into Spanish and Dutch, that will be the other two languages in which the Virtual Learning Environment will be available. Tutorials have also been created to ease the navigation of the users in the platform.

Regarding the 3rd Output, our partners from NCCA had reviewed the contents of the short course relating to sustainability and construction with a Universal Design approach. COVID restrictions are making difficult to test the course with teachers and students, but they have worked with education officers to review the contents and the learning, to fit levels 1 to 3 of the National Qualification Framework

Subsequently, UCLL introduced the organization of the 4th Output of the Project: the Evaluation guidelines validated and recognised by the European Framework of Qualifications, where the first draft will be reviewed and evaluated through participatory methods that involve experts in education at the international level, to reach the final version.

After the technical topics, partners discussed on the organization of the Erasmus Days that take place annually all along Europe, and where our Video Teaser was presented about the Virtual Learning Environment.

The final item in the meeting agenda was also very important: the Final Conference to be held at the end of the Project. Keeping in mind the situation posed by COVID, all partners agreed that the Final Conference may be held online, since restrictions could be still in force in summer 2021. During this Final Conference, the course developed as Output 3 and the Evaluation Guidelines elaborated for Output 4 will be presented, together with lectures with experts at the international level, and participative workshops that the people can follow from home.

We will provide more information soon about the agenda and the inscription for the conference!

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