ICT and Inclusion in Higher Education: A Comparative Approach

Valentina Della Volpe
2015 Open Journal of Social Sciences  
The following research describes an attempt to combine ICT and Special Education through an inclusive pedagogical perspective. It examines how an innovative use of Information and Communication Technology can help create inclusive environments on the web. Specifically, the study focuses on the way the University responds to diversity and to e-inclusion through some development phases of an experimental research project, which is most far-reaching called "Net-work@ccessible: teaching/learning
more » ... eaching/learning together and for everyone in a life project" carried out by six Italian universities and research institutions, from 2009 to 2014, and involved 1174 students (1.6% disabled students). This study is split into two main parts: 1) description and analysis of the data collected following the administration of an inquiry tool, developed to detect the climate experienced by the students involved in the online working groups; 2) investigation and detection of the elements of change that can encourage the process of inclusion in online learning environments to acquire credits allocated to the university courses. This study proposes further research to take place in the area of inclusive online university courses.
doi:10.4236/jss.2015.39007 fatcat:wiyxspboxvccrn5njf7uidmcve