We will create an innovative, online-learning platform that promotes accessibility for everyone, including deaf learners and learners with other disabilities.
We will use the open source platform of Open edX for our MOOCS platform, founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012. Open edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Open edX is the only leading MOOC provider that is both nonprofit and open source.
Our innovative plan is to provide a shared resource for our partners and participants, with access to higher-level learning with only a computer and an Internet connection. We will adapt the proposed platform that will enable us to reach thousands of deaf learners, some of whom will lack the typical backgrounds and resources of hearing learners.
Key implications with the use of the platform include:
There is no need for one-day workshops after the program will be completed,
Deaf Associations will be delivering professional development within the context of Deaf users, The participants will be developing peer (or coaching) networks to facilitate implementation of new knowledge.
The use of the platform will result in reduction of spending for professional development since all training material will be archived and can be used for more trainers and trainees.
In the development process we will follow international standards and principles for web accessibility (W3C WCAG 2.0) and Universal Design for Learning, usable by all, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for any additional adaptation. We will comply with all national and European applicable accessibility laws.
The platform capabilities:
The learners only need internet access and an e-mail
There is Easy access to and navigation in the training material Modules per week (sectors)
Easy course creation by trainers Multiple types of questions
Easy / automatic evaluation of closed-ended responses Fully accessible videos with captions and speed control Chat with other learners via forum
It is expected that expected impact and the transferability potential of developing the MOOCS platform will be great.
Organizations of the Deaf Communities will have a platform that will offer our participant learners: a network with other participants,
allow Deaf and hearing participants to discuss specific content tailored to their needs, all training material will be archived and can be accessed and used for more trainers and trainees.