Project final conference

A group of researchers from the University of Latvia, together with partners in Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Belgium, is successfully completing the Erasmus+ K3 project on inclusive education. MYHUB is an online repository for good practice, resources, methodologies for use in formal and non-formal education.

MyHUB

MyHUB – a one-stop-shop on inclusion practices, tools, resources and methods for the pedagogical staff at formal and non-formal educational institutions

When?

1/13/2022

What time?

12: 00-15: 00 (LV)

11: 00-14: 00 (CET)

Where?

Zoom platform

Facebook live stream

Link to Zoom platform?

In your e-mail immediately after registration

Keynote speakers at the conference

Dr. Seyda Subasi Singh
University of Vienna

Dr. Seyda Subasi Singh currently works at the Department of Education at the University of Vienna where she conducts research and teaches at the Inclusive Education Research Unit. Her teaching concentrates on diversity and educational equity with an intersectional focus on disability, age, migrant background, sexual orientation, gender, and poverty. Dr. Subasi Singh is also a senior researcher of the Cov_enable Project. The project aims to explore the impact of the current CoVID-19 pandemic on the understanding and construction of vulnerabilities in the lives of people with disabilities.

Conference topic: Special education at the nexus of pandemic and inclusiveness

Professor Robert  Osgood

Formerly Professor and Chair of the Faculty of Teacher Education, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, USA

Robert L. Osgood is a currently retired Professor of Education who has taught at Colgate University, IUPUI, Muskingum University, and St. Norbert College. He has also taught at universities in Japan and Malaysia. Dr. Osgood earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Oregon, his M.Ed. in Foundations from the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on the history of special education in the United States, examining issues of student identification and selection; curriculum development; teacher education; professional status; inclusion; and the etiology of the disability. He has published three books as well as numerous articles in
History of Education Quarterly, Teachers College Record, and the Indiana Magazine of History, among others. His current book project explores how special education and general education became separate entities over time through changes in teacher education, research funding, school organization, and student stratification.  Dr. Osgood is serving as a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Latvia in the spring of 2022.

Conference topic:  Examining the Idea and Practice of Inclusion": Historical Origins, International Practices, and Future Possibilities

David Brown,  Professor in Interactive Systems for Social Inclusion 

Director of the Computing and Informatics Research Centre and Research Group Leader for the Interactive Systems Research Group School of Science & Technology.
Some of the research areas include:

  • Virtual Reality  -  in the rehabilitation of people with intellectual disabilities
  • Multimodal Affect Recognition Learning Systems - to develop personalised learning pathways (H2020 MaTHiSiS, Pathway, and AI-TOP)
  • Social Robotics  -  for use in the education of students with learning disabilities and autism (EDUROB)
  • Accessible Visual Programming Toolkits - to promote engagement and collaborative behaviours (H2020 No One Left Behind)
  • Co-design and positive mental  wellbeing (EPSRC An Internet of Soft Things)

Conference topic: Embracing diversity in ASIA through the adoption of Inclusive Open Practices (DIVERSASIA)

Speakers from the project team  

Linda Daniela
A Professor and senior researcher, Dean of Faculty of Education, Psychology, and Art. Chair of the Council for Ph.D. Defence in Education in the University of Latvia. She also serves as an expert in Education at the Council of Sciences of the Republic of Latvia.

Her expertise spans Technology-enhanced learning, Smart Pedagogy, Virtual Education, Smart Education, Digital Learning Materials, Educational technologies for learning, Educational robotics, Educational processes and solutions for reducing social exclusion from the educational processes, and Behavioural problems. Professor Daniela is the author and co-author of more than 80 publications about processes in all dimensions of education. She has been involved in more than 30 research projects.  

Conference topic:  MyHub project main results

Dita Nimante

is a doctor of pedagogy, an professor, and a leading researcher at the Faculty of Education, Psychology, and Art of the University of Latvia.

She is a member of the Promotion Board of the University of Latvia in educational sciences, a member of the Study Programme Council of Educational Sciences, a scientific board member of the Scientific Institute of Pedagogy, and an expert of the Latvian Council of Sciences. She is a director of the Master’s study program ‘Pedagogy’ and the newly developed Master’s study program ‘Educational Sciences’. During the last three years, she has contributed to 8 scientific projects as a leading researcher and expert, 2 projects as a project leader. She has a reviewer’s experience in several Latvian and international proceedings. Her main research interests are related to inclusive education, aspects of classroom management, reduction of violence at school, teacher education for inclusive education.

Conference topic:  MyHub Handbook “How to strengthen implementation of the inclusive education at mainstream schools?”

Karel Van Isacker,  

PhoenixKM, CEO, Belgium
has a background in economics, developmental economy, and international business management. He has been managing projects since 2001 and has been heavily involved in (accessible) e-learning activities. Since 2005, Karel has been acting mainly as project manager for private and public-funded projects dealing mostly with people with disabilities. Focus, in many of them, was on ensuring that the end user's needs are taken on board. He is also providing consultancy and training on disability aspects such as employability and is an expert in accessibility training (accessible documents production, website accessibility assessment, AT tools, etc.) for public and private organizations. He is an expert in social entrepreneurship and the author of the book "Preparing for a new generation: Transition Management (2016)", targeted at young ("would be") entrepreneurs. He is also a summer lecturer at the University of Gordoba in Monteria, Colombia where he teaches best practices on social responsible entrepreneurship and inclusive society, especially with regards to “inclusive higher education for all” concepts.

Conference topic:  Digital and Inclusive Pedagogical Competences of Educators (DIPCE)


George M. Milis (Ph.D.)

EUROCY Innovations Ltd, Director and Innovations Manager

George has 18 years of experience in project management, ICT, and business development. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Cyprus, with expertise in semantic reasoning-based intelligent control systems. He also has an MSc in Advanced Computing with specialization in Artificial Intelligence from the Department of Computing, Imperial College London, and a Diploma from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in Electrical and Computing Engineering. He has extensive experience in large-scale Web applications and knowledge management systems, Internet/Intranet applications, data and text mining, knowledge modeling and representation, natural language processing, etc. He has a wide acquaintance with software project management, analysis, and state-of-the-art research activities, ranging from the analysis of requirements to the design, development, and change management activities. George is an expert in systems theory, artificial intelligence, intelligent control systems, IoT, semantic interoperability and reasoning, educational games, cooperative game design, vocational training curricula, e-government and e-collaboration, social government, etc. He is also the co-author of many successful competitive proposals in the national and European context.

Conference topic: The European Inclusive Learning Hub & MYHUB mobile application

Petya Grudeva
Project Manager, Marie Curie Association.
Member of the MCA team since the establishment of the association and coordinator of projects focused on Inclusive Education and Social Inclusion of children and youngsters with disabilities. Participates in the development of innovative programs for training and counseling of people with disabilities and professionals working with them. Those are based on the use of interactive learning games, personalized learning, the use of artificial intelligence to track levels of engagement, models for accessible communication, etc.

Conference topic: Interventions for supporting children to be part of the inclusive classroom and the importance of transition activities

 MyHub

MyHUB – a one-stop-shop on inclusion practices, tools, resources, and methods for the pedagogical staff at formal and non-formal educational institutions

604454-EPP-1-2018-1-LV EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN

Erasmus+

The project is funded by the European Commission's Erasmus + K3 program.


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