Educa4all Project have developed a process with the implementation of Universal Acessibility and Design for All concepts in Architecture and Civil Engineering curricula as an end. This process starts with a self-assessment to know the starting situation of universities, followed by a training of trainers to ensure quality of implementation and adequate students training. Finally the Educational Program adapt its Study Plans by integrating new learning capacities on UA&D4ALL.
To make real this implementation in university curricula, the members of the Project have worked on defining the specific learning capacities. These competencies have been structured in the following groups: Basic Abilities, Humanistic Abilities, Urban Abilities, Construction and Systems Abilities, Projects Abilities and Cross Abilities.
Thus, in the document, a capacity matrix can be found which allows each university to analyse which of the determined competencies are covered by one or more taught subjects and which competencies are not yet considered in the study plan.
Furthermore, this methodology has been tested among Educa4all universities partners and its results can be found, as well as succes cases of other educational inputs have been detected as Experiential summer courses on Design and UA&D4ALL or Applied Research Projects.
D4ALL Training course for educators
This document corresponds to the second Output Identification (O2) deliverable, in the EDUCA4ALL project: Required capabilities for educators to include the Design for All (D4ALL) principles in current teaching practices.
In this phase of the project a D4ALL training course for educators has been developed.
It is considered as starting evidence that there is insufficient training on Universal Design among the university teaching staff.
This training course for educators is aimed at those university lecturers and professors who develop their teaching in Architecture or Civil Architecture degrees, independently of the subjects they teach.
It is proposed as an optional option for universities to offer their staff, leaving open the possibility of possible compensation or advantages (to be specified for each University) for those teachers who complete the course.
Self-Assessment D4ALL Guide (Updated June 2020)
The assessment of the real situation of the UA & D4ALL implementation is nowadays a complex reality where the existing diversity is mixed with the difficulty of assessing as there is no clear assessment criterion. On the other hand, the lack of awareness of the universities and the teaching staff makes their assessment difficult since it is not considered by many to be a topic of relevance for the current Study Plans. In addition, it is also important to differentiate between the theoretical inclusion in the study plans and the real implementation, since often the theoretical indications do not have a development that reaches the student.
From the debate among the different partners of the project (teachers from the different universities), as well as the UA & D4ALL experts who collaborate in the project, a self-assessment test is proposed as an useful format, with a clear and simple content, which allows easy validation and thus offers greater participation guarantees. The three fields that are defined for self-assessment test are: Awareness, Teacher training and Implementation in the Curricula.
In this Self-Assessment D4ALL Guide the self-assessment tool can be found, as well as the obtained results from the pilot test carried out among the partner universities in the project.
Programme and content of the D4ALL training course for educators.
The first result that will be achieved with the implementation of the planned activities within this IO is a standardized competence profile which contains the requirements in the field of D4ALL that any teacher within any Arch. and Civil Eng. university degrees in EU should meet. Following this step, the work groups in each university along with the coordinator will design a D4ALL training course that offers common, specific and practical training for their educators. The expected result is that any university in EU incorporates these training courses within their teaching plans for their staff, once they have been implemented and validated within the 4 pilot universities.
In short, EDUCA4ALL project´s overall result, will show a complete guide to actions that will serve to promote a Universal Accessibility and D4ALL educational programmes in university education system that will undoubtedly revert to society as a whole.
The implementation of the measures set out within the different IO included in EDUCA4ALL project will set the basis so that environments, in addition to being sustainable, inclusive, functional, understandable and aesthetic, are also respectful of the diversity of all users. Future professionals who take part in the design of the environment, will take into consideration social diversity and give place to the elimination of the barriers that today face people with disabilities.