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List of papers

  1. Advice and Guidance for departments on placements for disabled students: A perspective from the University of York

  2. Remote laboratories to support electrical and information engineering (EIE) laboratory access for students with disabilities

  3. Support of students with special needs at the Technical University of Denmark

  4. Legislation and policies for disabled students in European Countries

  5. AccessLab: A study of the accessibility of numeric documents in higher education courses. A lever against the digital divide for students with disabilities

  6. Barriers for young pupils with disabilities to access Higher Education. Breakpoints identified and levers to solve it

  7. Support of students with special needs at the Czech Technical University in Prague

  8. Survey of higher education of students with special needs in Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) study programs in Slovakia

  9. Students with disabilities at the UM-Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  10. Student Projects in Assistive Technologies

  11. Widening participation at Slovenian Universities

  12. Case study student with disability – personalised organisation of activities

  13. Examples of undergraduate students projects in the area of Assistive Technologies

  14. Supporting Access to STEM Subjects in Higher Education for Students with Disabilities using Remote Laboratories

  15. Marketing EIE programmes in higher education towards students from underrepresented groups

  16. Widening participation in EIE programmes across Europe for students with disabilities

  17. Student and Staff Support Hub for supporting students with disabilities in higher education across Europe

  18. Development of the Area of Assistive Technologies and Its Introduction into Curricula

  19. Legislation and policies for disabled students in EU Countries and beyond

  20. Students with disabilities and widening participation at Slovenian Public Universities

  21. Disabled students in engineering studies

  22. Participation of persons with disabilities in collaborative work and the community

Workshops, seminars and tutorials

  1. Conference keynote: Considerations for supporting students with disabilities in electrical and information engineering: 10 simple rules

  2. Considerations for designing at-presence and remote laboratories for students with disabilities

 

 

Papers

 

Paper title

Advice and Guidance for departments on placements for disabled students: A perspective from the University of York

Author(s)

Snowden, P. and Grout, I.

Publication

25th Annual EAEEIE Conference

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

Education programmes developed within higher education institutions (HEIs) follow a sequence of student activities from first to final year of study and provide the students with a range of appropriate experiences. The structure of the programme is carefully created to provide the students with a suitable education experience in their chosen domain of expertise. The programmes developed need to have workplace relevance and in many programmes then student placements form an integral part of the programme. These can take a number of forms but are invaluable to providing the student with experience outside their home university department. These placements are challenging to all students, but can be more challenging for students with disabilities. As such, there is a necessity for the students' home university department to be aware of the needs of the individual student and to provide the necessary support. This paper discusses the development of an Advice and Guidance document for departments who would need to support students with disabilities undertaking placements.

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DOI

10.1109/EAEEIE.2014.6879395

 

Paper title

Remote laboratories to support electrical and information engineering (EIE) laboratory access for students with disabilities

Author(s)

Grout, I.

Publication

25th Annual EAEEIE Conference

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

In this paper, consideration is given to accessibility aspects for students with disabilities in electrical and information engineering laboratories who have limited mobility and who would need to access physical electronic and computer engineering laboratories. Specific consideration is given to the use of remote laboratories which are real experiments that are accessed remotely by a user via an Internet connection. In this arrangement, a traditional laboratory experiment is made accessible via a Web server and using a software application, the experiment can be controlled remotely via the computer interface. As such is complements the traditional “at-presence” laboratories and virtual laboratories (simulated laboratories).

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DOI

10.1109/EAEEIE.2014.6879377

 

Paper title

Support of students with special needs at the Technical University of Denmark

Author(s)

Anna Friesel and Christina Busk Marner

Publication

ITHET 2014

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

A growing number of students with special needs have been attending engineering programmes at our university, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). This is a general tendency, which has been observed in all higher educational institutions in Denmark, like vocational schools, colleges and universities. The situation seems to be the same in many other European countries, however there are different ways of handling student support across Europe. For years, Denmark did not have common rules for student support at higher educational institutions. This changed with a governmental legislation and administration law called Special Educational Support - in Danish: Special Paedagogisk Stoette (SPS). The law was introduced in order to equalize the biggest differences on this area. After the introduction of the new law, there are still some differences in the way support is provided across the institutions but these are differences in some specific aspects of the support. This paper presents in general the Danish way to support students with disabilities at higher educational institutions and describes some variations across the different institutions. Furthermore, the paper describes in detail how support is being conducted and established at the Technical University of Denmark and illustrates some of the related challenges. Finally, we share some observations and considerations on group assignments and describe five new DTU initiatives concerning students with special needs.

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Paper title

Legislation and policies for disabled students in European Countries

Author(s)

Zbigniew Mrozek, Tatjana Welzer, Lenka Lhotska, Ian Grout, Anna Friesel, Christina Busk Marner, Jana Ligusova and Gert Jervan

Publication

ITHET 2014

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

This paper presents a set of initial results from one of the objectives in the EU supported project SALEIE (Strategic Alignment of Electrical and Information Engineering in European Higher Education Institutions) which runs from October 2012 to November 2015. One of the key work packages within the project considers access to students in higher education within the electrical and information engineering areas. Specifically, widening participation and student support is the focus of the work package 4 (WP4). It considers international, European and national level policies and legislation, along with institutional level policies. All these levels of policy and legislation have the necessity to be interlinked.

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Paper title

AccessLab: A study of the accessibility of numeric documents in higher education courses. A lever against the digital divide for students with disabilities

Author(s)

V. Lespinet-Najib, F. Demontoux, N. Pinede, C. Belio, V. Liquete, H. Fremont

Publication

25th Annual EAEEIE Conference

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

Following the French law of 11th February 2005, higher education receives more and more disabled students, providing them individualized support. But this is not enough and often raises the issue of accessibility of digital content. Course supports are not designed in an accessible way (font size, etc..). In fact, teachers have little or no awareness of the issue of the digital accessibility and therefore do not know how they can increase the accessibility of their courses.

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Paper title

Barriers for young pupils with disabilities to access Higher Education. Breakpoints identified and levers to solve it

Author(s)

F. Demontoux, V. Lespinet Najib, H. Fremont, E. Woirgard, C. Ponce, A. Grandpre

Publication

25th Annual EAEEIE Conference

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

Guidance, training and integration into employment are key issues for all students. The challenges are even greater for students with disabilities (access to skills training, employability ...) and many more obstacles (stereotypes about disability, accessibility defaults...).

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Paper title

Support of students with special needs at the Czech Technical University in Prague

Author(s)

L. Lhotska, and O. Stepankova

Publication

25th Annual EAEEIE Conference

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) had in the past two independent units supporting students with special needs. The first one was TEREZA, centre for support of visually impaired university students, established in frame of a TEMPUS project led by Jan Mares in 1992. The second one was Handicap consultancy, part of the Centre of information and consultancy services, established in 2007 and focused on students with other than visual impairments. In 2012 both units were integrated into a new centre supporting students with special needs - ELSA. Organizationally it is a part of the study department of the Rector's office. The main aim of ELSA is to provide, information, support and services to students with special needs. The paper presents an overview of university centres supporting students with special needs across the country and describes in more detail work of the ELSA centre at CTU Prague.

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DOI

10.1109/EAEEIE.2014.6879386

 

Paper title

Survey of higher education of students with special needs in Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) study programs in Slovakia

Author(s)

J. Ligusova, I. Zolotova, A. Galajdova

Publication

25th Annual EAEEIE Conference

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

The paper provides insight into the higher education of students with special needs in the field of Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) in Slovakia. The paper provides information on current legislation in the Act on Higher Education in Slovakia relating to students with special needs. It further discusses the categorization of the disability types that are considered in the Slovak higher education system as well as existing minimum requirement for students with special needs to create reasonable conditions for studies of students with disabilities referred to their special study needs. Next are provided the statistical data on the types and number of disabled students for the last three years at secondary schools and at selected Slovak EIE faculties, their preferred EIE study programs, study support, possibilities of educational exchanges, internships as well as their application in their study fields after their studies. These data are further analysed. Based on research, it was found that the proportion of students with special needs at the EIE faculties in Slovakia is very low and almost all of them are students with physical disabilities. Generally we can summarize that in Slovakia there presently exists a well established system of legislative rules for educational integration. On the other hand, there is an implementation gap between legal possibilities and real practice. The authors conclude the article with views on the causes of the state from different perspectives.

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DOI

10.1109/EAEEIE.2014.6879391

 

Paper title

Students with disabilities at the UM-Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Author(s)

T. Welzer and V. Kozuh Ledinek

Publication

25th Annual EAEEIE Conference

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

Numbers of students with disabilities are growing recently around the whole Europe. Young people that are confronted with those special challenges are more and more interested in education at Higher Education Institutions, even more they are more and more interesting also in mobility what is a new motivation and challenge for them, their families and institutions. Different Higher Education Institutions have different support systems, different organizational rules and approaches to the teaching in the case of students with disabilities, but some common points (models) exists. Mostly all this rules have a background in the European and national legislation, but practical solutions (details) are different from the institution to the institution. In our paper we will present procedures from the University of Maribor - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as some available data.

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DOI

10.1109/EAEEIE.2014.6879393

 

Paper title

Student Projects in Assistive Technologies

Author(s)

L. Lhotska and O. Stepankovax

Publication

ITHET 2014

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

The paper presents briefly our educational activities in the area of assistive technologies. We have developed a special course on assistive technologies that uses in practical part project-based approach. We have established a specialized facility where the students can work on their projects. The facility simulates real environment of a smart home and a hospital room. The students can select a topic for a project from our proposals or they can come with their own ideas. In the paper we present results of several student projects that can be in the future used as practical applications for people with special needs. Some of them can be additionally used as games both for children and adults.

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Paper title

Widening participation at Slovenian Universities

Author(s)

T. Welzer and V. Kozuh

Publication

ITHET 2014

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

In the contribution is introduced how Slovenian Universities are organized for widening participation and support to students with disabilities. In some of universities they are just basically covering the university level and faculties are dealing with details, while again at others, university documents are very detailed and implemented directly by faculties and schools. There is also differentiation on the level of widening participation (special needs) and support for students with disabilities. Most of universities are covering booth areas, but on different way and with different approach using even different expressions to cover the area. The contribution is concentrated on official documents from the four Slovenian universities, which will pointed out rules and possibilities covering widening participation and students with disabilities on different levels including faculties and schools.

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Paper title

Case study student with disability – personalised organisation of activities

Author(s)

M. Druzovec, T. Welzer and V. Kozuh

Publication

ITHET 2014

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

In the paper we introduce a case study about a student with a disability, where an intensive personalized approach was needed. When dealing with students with a disability it is always appropriate to talk about a personalized approach, but there are some general rules and variations, that can be used by all students with a disability or even by all students independent of a disability, while the rest has to be done while keeping in mind the disability itself and the students' possibilities.

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Paper title

Examples of undergraduate students projects in the area of Assistive Technologies

Author(s)

L. Grindei, D. Mandru, M. Munteanu, V. Topa and T. Ward

Publication

ITHET 2014

Publication Year

2014

Paper Abstract

Within the SALEIE project LLP Programme 527877-LLP-1-2012–“Strategic Alignment of Electrical and Information Engineering in European Higher Education Institutions”, work package 4 is concerned with Widening Participation & Student Support. As an integral part of this work package, consideration is to be given to how students with disabilities can be supported throughout their studies within the electrical and information engineering (EIE) disciplines. An important result of this project will be the on-line Student Support Centre, which is planned to include a technical resource area on undergraduate student projects in the field of designing and using assistive technologies. The purpose of this paper is to present several examples of projects at undergraduate level, undertaken in the area of assistive technologies by students from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

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Paper title

Supporting Access to STEM Subjects in Higher Education for Students with Disabilities using Remote Laboratories

Author(s)

I. Grout

Publication

REV 2015

Publication Year

2015

Paper Abstract

Remote laboratories have developed to an extent that they are now regularly used in the teaching and learning of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects within higher education institutions. The available resources of these remote laboratories and the user experience are usually designed with ease of access for students who do not have a disability – either a mental impairment or physical disability. However, the learning experience can be different between students who do not have a disability and students who have a disability. Therefore, the design of the learning experience should consider all potential users and be set-up so that a disability is not a barrier to full participation. This paper will consider the design and role of the remote laboratory in the student learning experience and will consider how the remote laboratory can be set-up to provide full access to all students.

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DOI

10.1109/REV.2015.7087284

 

Paper title

Marketing EIE programmes in higher education towards students from underrepresented groups

Author(s)

José V. Benlloch-Dualde, Ian Grout Laura Grindei and Tony Ward

Publication

ITHET 2015

Publication Year

2015

Paper Abstract

Widening participation in higher education has become a major concern for many higher education institutions in order to redress the imbalance that has be created where specific groups in society have over time become underrepresented within higher education. To redress this imbalance, higher education institutions need to set-up and maintain supports to attract more students from these underrepresented groups to enter mainstream higher education. These include the marketing of programmes with targeted access routes into education and to enable full participation once the student has commenced a programme of study (appropriate and targeted supports to be made available). In this paper, specific questions are asked and a review of approaches in marketing programmes and supporting students are identified and discussed. The motivation for the paper is to consider the marketing of programmes within European higher education institutions towards electrical and information engineering (EIE) programmes for students with disabilities.

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DOI

10.1109/ITHET.2015.7217967

 

Paper title

Widening participation in EIE programmes across Europe for students with disabilities

Author(s)

Ian Grout, Laura Grindei, Tony Ward, Penn Snowden, Christina Busk Marner and Tatjana Welzer

Publication

ITHET 2015

Publication Year

2015

Paper Abstract

Widening participation in higher education is a major component of governmental level education policy in Europe. It consists of an attempt to increase not only the numbers of young people entering higher education, but also the proportion from so-called "under-represented groups" (those from lower income families and some ethnic minorities (socio-economically disadvantaged), along with individuals with disabilities and mature students). The policies developed must align both with the European wide directives which all European countries should follow and the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). In this paper, widening participation in higher education is discussed in relation to the results from the SALEIE (Strategic ALignment of Electrical and Information Engineering in European Higher Education Institutions) project and specific responses from a survey amongst the partner institutions are identified and discussed. Conclusions and recommendations are then provided.

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DOI

10.1109/ITHET.2015.7217967

 

Paper title

Student and Staff Support Hub for supporting students with disabilities in higher education across Europe

Author(s)

Ian Grout, Laura Grindei, Tony Ward and Penn Snowden

Publication

EAEEIE 2015

Publication Year

2015

Paper Abstract

In this paper, a discussion into the design, development and analysis of the Student and Staff Support Hub developed within work package 4 (Widening Participation and Student Support) of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) SALEIE (Strategic ALignment of Electrical and Information Engineering in European Higher Education Institutions) project is given. This hub is an on-line resource developed to act as a portal for information on disability support within higher education across the European states.

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Paper title

Development of the Area of Assistive Technologies and Its Introduction into Curricula

Author(s)

L. Lhotska and O. Stepankova

Publication

EAEEIE 2015

Publication Year

2015

Paper Abstract

The paper will present analysis of current situation in education of AT in the Czech Republic and will propose content of courses, including life-long learning, that could contribute to improvement of knowledge and skills in development and applications of AT.

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Paper title

Legislation and policies for disabled students in EU Countries and beyond

Author(s)

Zbigniew Mrozek, Lenka Lhotska, Anna Friesel, Tatjana Welzer and Ian Grout

Publication

EAEEIE 2015

Publication Year

2015

Paper Abstract

This paper presents results from one of the objectives in the EU supported project SALEIE (Strategic Alignment of Electrical and Information Engineering in European Higher Education Institutions) which runs from October 2012 to November 2015. One of the key work packages within the project considers access of disabled students to higher education within the electrical and information engineering areas. Specifically, widening participation and student support is the focus of the work package 4 (WP4). The paper considers international, European and national level policies and legislation, along with institutional level policies. All these levels of policy and legislation have the necessity to be interlinked.

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Paper title

Students with disabilities and widening participation at Slovenian Public Universities

Author(s)

Tatjana Welzer, Vladka Kozuh Ledinek, Marko Holbl and Marjan Druzovec

Publication

EAEEIE 2015

Publication Year

2015

Paper Abstract

 

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Poster title

Disabled students in engineering studies

Author(s)

Tatjana Welzer and Tony Ward

Publication

EAEIE 2015

Publication Year

2015

Poster Abstract

Engineering programmes often require students to attend a variety of learning activities such as seminars, lectures and laboratories, and the supporting resources can likewise vary. In the case of students with disabilities, it can be a challenge to include and accommodate everyone. The SALEIE project, an EU-funded thematic network, has been investigating disabled-student support practices across Europe. This poster presents the problems and examples of good practice that have been identified.

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Paper title

Participation of persons with disabilities in collaborative work and the community

Author(s)

Tatjana Welzer, Lenka Lhotska, Ian Grout, Tony Ward and Marjan Druzovec

Publication

INFORMACIJSKA DRUZBA–IS2015 (INFORMATIONSOCIETY–IS2015)

Publication Year

2015

Paper Abstract

In our contribution we would like to introduce the importance of including people with disabilities into the community as well as in collaborative work. Their experiences are very valuable, especially when it comes to producing software, applications and solutions in general, as well as supporting persons with disabilities.

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Presentation type

Conference keynote

Presentation title

Considerations for supporting students with disabilities in electrical and information engineering: 10 simple rules

Presenter(s)

I. Grout

Conference

IMTIC 2015, International Multi-Topic conference 2015, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET), Jamshoro, Pakistan

Conference Year

2015

Keynote Abstract

Within higher education, widening participation to education, so enabling traditionally underrepresented groups to fully participate in programmes of study no matter their personal circumstances are, is one of the priority areas for education institutions. This can be seen across the world with national and regional initiatives to promote access to, and inclusion in, education to recognised underrepresented groups. One group which many countries have made significant progress in widening participation in education is to students with disabilities. Hence, a priority is given, backed national legislation, to promoting and supporting access education to individuals with one or more disabilities based on their individual needs. In this presentation, aspects relating to barriers to education for individuals with disabilities will be considered and ways in which such barriers are being dismantled by countries within the European Union will be presented.

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Workshop title

Considerations for designing at-presence and remote laboratories for students with disabilities

Presenter(s)

I. Grout

Conference

REV 2015, International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV), Bangkok, Thailand

Conference Year

2015

Workshop Abstract

Laboratories in engineering education are an essential part of the student learning experience and as such, their design, operation and evaluation need to be carefully considered in order to obtain the right set of learning outcomes. Setting-up a laboratory is a complex operation with various design requirements, priorities and resource allocation issues that need to be addressed. Increasingly, new approaches to teaching and learning are being developed and deployed to provide for a flexible and inclusive curriculum. In this workshop, the aim will be to consider two important aspects that are to be considered by the educator:

1. The use of remote (and virtual) laboratories.

2. Inclusion in education to underrepresented groups – specifically in this workshop consideration is to be given to students with disabilities.

The focus of the workshop will be to discuss needs for individuals when accessing education resources and to provide for inclusion to education for all. The role and use of assistive technology will also be covered and with a focus on the remote laboratory, the use of the remote laboratory as an assistive technology will be developed.

The workshop will be separated into two parts, with each part lasting 50 minutes. The overall duration of the workshop will be 2 hours:

Part 1: Laboratory access for students with disabilities.

Part 2: Remote laboratories to support students with disabilities.

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