Save the date for SUSKIDS final conference!

Save the date for SUSKIDS final conference!

SUSKIDS Final Conference will take place on 14th September 2021, hosted by the University of Applied Sciences Leuven-Limburg, focused on the  use of technology to transfer sustainable skills to Down Syndrome individuals for the improvement of inclusion.

This Conference is therefore aligned with the  Leave no one behind principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), representing the commitment of our partnership to reduce inequalities and foster inclusion, through the promotion of an active and participative methodology, focused on appealing  children to learn about recycling, and improving  the engagement of Down Syndrome  individuals on sustainability and  self-care. Moreover, the current  environmental policies. as well as the social  demands, recognize the need to mainstream  green skills and knowledge into education and training systems.

Therefore, during the Conference, we will present the tools and materials created within SUSKIDS project and the experiences carried out by the partners,  including workshops on their use, as well as key notes and round tables  with external experts on issues such as eInclusion, and Universal Design for Learning, among others.

Download the Conference Agenda and keep tuned! Inscriptions will be open soon.

Left: an image of a microphone with conference attendants at the bottom, the room is out of focus. On the right: text with the agenda of the conference. bottom line: project title and logo, and EU emblem

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How do we assess sustainable skills?

How do we assess sustainable skills?

Our partner UCLL has implemented focus groups to gather feedback from experts in inclusive education

Education for children with Down Syndrome

A training programme should not be restrictive but should above all inspire people to arrive at a certain (learning) process. For this reason, in the Flemish region where the Dutch team in SUSKIDS works, UCLL, the so-called IAC (Individually Adapted Curriculum) are developed, geared to the learning potential of the pupil himself and responding to the strengths and talents of this pupil/young person.

Method for validating the evaluation guidelines.

To validate the Evaluation Guidelines planned as Intellectual Result 4 of the SUSKIDS Project, a focus group at UCLL was organized with 5 five experts from education to discuss the evaluation standards and methods in Flanders. In focus groups, works is established according to a structured scheme, in which initially the project is framed, followed by a brief overview of the developed training and subsequently the main objective is addressed: the evaluation methods for the learning objectives.

In Flanders, the expert group was organized online due to COVID restrictions. The experts present in the online focus group were Izabel Janssens and Sofie van Eynde, both involved in an educational project to clarify support roles in relation to children with specific educational needs; Els Teijssen, expert and hands-on expert on vulnerable young people and diversity in education; Dr Hannah Boonen, an expert in inclusive education and leader of the research line ”Inclusive Education”; and finally Dr Elke Emmers, an expert in inclusive (higher) education and diversity, head of the research centre “inclusive society”.

Results

The key message of the expert group was to pay attention to learning objectives and evaluation methods tailored to the pupil in front of us. Therefore, the most important thing is to adapt and create learning opportunities for a certain pupil. It is therefore important to see and read the results as guidelines or advice that can be used to test the learning objectives or to gain insight into the learning process of the pupil.

The main guideline remains to possibly define smaller intermediate objectives. Attention must also be paid to the difference between process and product. The learning goals in the form of process and product must be made very clear in one way or another so that the pupil can assess himself in his learning process. This is also an important element to consider the further development of the training within the SUSKIDS project.
The expert group also thinks it is very important not to let the course stand alone, but to integrate it into the whole learning process at school. So that parts of the course are integrated in, for instance, language lessons, math lessons and other practical lessons. In this way, the teacher or training provider is given more scope to activate the pupil on the basis of his or her talents and strengths.

Conclusions: impact of the course

In addition, it is equally important to consider the impact on learners as well as the impact on teachers to ensure that innovation cycles continue to optimise and adapt the course to different learning styles and different learners. It must not get bogged down in a fixed course that will always be taught in the same way.

It must remain focused in order to offer a meaningful learning process.

When teachers are inspired to work on sustainability and have the courage to work out such a learning line, it is possible that they will work together to make it happen. Moreover, it is also good for teachers to start reflecting on sustainability as a topic in education and thus reflect on the challenges and opportunities they must face in the course.

Young people have a natural reflex to think about sustainability and adopt behaviours that are sustainable. Special attention must be paid to the transfer between school and the home situation to see the knowledge, skills and attitude surrounding sustainability reflected in multiple situations (macro level of learning). Involving the wider learning environment is important here so that the results of the course become visible in the daily life of the learner.

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Read the 3rd SUSKIDS newsletter!

Read the 3rd SUSKIDS newsletter!

In our 3rd Newsletter, we have summarized the activity we have carried out in the last months: testing the Virtual Learning Environment, researching, celebrating the Erasmus Days… and much more!
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What is the similarity between a vegetable garden and a learning environment?

What is the similarity between a vegetable garden and a learning environment?​

There must be good soil for every student to grow and flourish.

3rd December, International Day of People with Disabilities, was a busy day for the Suskids-partners as they presented the project at various events and for an international audience.


In Belgium, UCLL talked about the importance of universal design for a powerful learning environment and proudly presented our Online Learning Environment as an example of this.

On their part, our coordinator UBU, together with TCD and KVeloce,presented the Project and the Platform during the Final Event of Mind4Inclusion Project organized online by ALDA Europe.

This event was attended by participants from different countries representing international entities, NGOs and universities that work in several projects aimed at promoting inclusion.

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SUSKIDS 3rd Meeting… was held online!

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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SUSKIDS at the ErasmusDays 2020

SUSKIDS at the ErasmusDays 2020

SUSKIDS organized an online event for the Erasmus Days 2020

Last week, the ErasmusDays 2020 were organized, representing the 4th edition in which more than 3000 Projects were held in more than 67 countries, from Spain to Vietnam.

The events were held by a wide variety of educational organizations, with different formats and contents from exhibitions to seminars and open days with the common aim of sharing the Erasmus experience among the different actors and the commitment to Europe, using the hashtag #erasmusdays.

This year, SUSKIDS project took the opportunity, through the organization of an online Event in which our Virtual Learning Environment, to be officially released soon, was announced to our public and a video teaser explaining the main features was published . During this event, we also aimed at collecting the opinion of teachers and parents of students with Down Syndrome on inclusive education, the use of ITC, and training on environmental and sustainability issues, be means of an online survey.

Take a look at the video below, the results will come soon!

The attendants of the event, after answering the survey, could have the opportunity of testing the Virtual Learning environment, which is nowadays being fine-tuned to adapt to the different backgrounds of the participating countries and complemented with tutorials to help educators managing the courses and the related features.
Up to date, the VLE is being tested by schools with the final users: teachers and students with Down syndrome aged 12 to 18 years old. Although the restrictions posed by the COVID have difficulted this activity, we are happy to see that the feedback they are giving is enthusiastic, and they are enjoying the contents and the activities proposed.

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SUSKIDS partners research on Sustainability and Inclusive Education

SUSKIDS partners research on Sustainability and Inclusive Education

In addition to creating tools aimed at teachers and families, researchers in SUSKIDS project have been researching the relationship between sustainability, inclusion and well-being.

In recent years, there is a growing interest in achieving a sustainable society, also as a key requirement for the survival of the human race. This way, it is widely recognized that the education of people is crucial for the adoption of these values; in spite of this common interest, different approximations have arisen from distinct areas of knowledge, especially natural sciences, social sciences and economics, as well as pedagogics, to face this issue in the different stages of education.
At this point, and according to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG4, SDG10 and SDG12), the design of educational models that pay special attention at promoting equality and inclusion, led by the #LeavenoOneBehind principle, is a current need in many countries.
Therefore, researchers of SUSKIDS project from the coordinating entity, UBU, have carried out research work, based on a wide literature review and using both quantitative and qualitative methods, to explore the different approaches on the concepts of sustainability, inclusive education and disability and the relationships among these concepts.

The article is Open Access, thus it can be accessed online and downloaded.

This research work will be continued with the attendance of the researchers at the CIDICO congress on teaching innovation and research in higher education, that will be held online in November 2020, at which they will present 2 publications in poster format.

Keep tuned with our project to know more about our research!


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Help us assessing the Toolkit of SUSKIDS

Help us assessing the Toolkit of SUSKIDS

Would you like help to improve the educational and labour opportunities to youngsters with Down Syndrome? Currently, social and educational policies for people with Down Syndrome are addressed to provide them with basic professional training for their early inclusion in the labour market Nevertheless, although many researchers have recognised that environmental education has benefits since it increases the learning engagement, improves observation skills and the logical thinking, there is a lack of tools to transfer these sustainable competencies and knowledge to children and youngsters with special educational needs. The partners of SUSKIDS project have collaborated to deliver the Toolkit for recycling skills knowledge transfer to DS individuals, which is a collection of learning materials, methodological guidelines and practical examples in the field of teaching recycling and construction skills to Down Syndrome individuals. This Toolkit is aimed especially at professionals working with people with Down Syndrome, but also families and associations committed to improving their inclusion possibilities We would like to hear the opinion of the public about our toolkit, by filling in the form below With a few minutes of your time, you will be helping us!

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The second SUSKIDS newsletter is ready!

Our second Newsletter is already online!

Take a look at the last activities we have been involved in:

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SUSKIDS presents its first result

SUSKIDS presents its first result

Last Wednesday, January 29th, the University of Burgos organized as Project Coordinators of SUSKIDS the first Multiplier Event planned in the project, aiming to present the first result obtained with the collaboration of all partners: the Toolkit for recycling skills knowledge transfer to Down Syndrome individuals.

During the event, different seminars took place,  on the different topics covered in the Toolkit, such as the special educational needs of Down Syndrome individuals, the standards and methodologies to develop learning adaptations for these persons, the use of Information and Communication Technologies

(ITCs) in different educational contexts, and the European Qualification Framework (EQF) in which the contents and activities proposed in the toolkit are outlined.  Check our “Results” section to see all the videos and download the presentations.

Mesa redonda en el primer evento de SUSKIDS

The event was attended by professionals from different backgrounds, including telecommunications and informatics, building engineering, environment, education and social work, as well as representatives of public bodies, families and associations of advocates for Down Syndrome.

These diverse perspectives were reflected in an interesting Round Table, were participants from the different sectors discussed on the needs of people with Down Syndrome in educational contexts, and the contributions and possibilities offered by the SUSKIDS project to improve their opportunities in the labour market and society.

Besides, students from the Special Education Centre Estela in Burgos attended the event and had the opportunity for learning in a Workshop how different types of waste usually found in our environment are recycled to create new building materials. 

Link to the news at UBU webpage (Spanish)

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