Emerging technologies present clear challenges, but also huge opportunities for widening access and participation in inclusive education.

The 2013 Communication from the Commission suggests that: 

In addition to broadening access to education, wider use of new technology and open educational resources can contribute to alleviating costs for educational institutions and for students, especially among disadvantaged groups. This equity impact requires, however, sustained investment in educational infrastructures and human resources. 

The findings of the ICT for Inclusion project (2012–2013) suggest that for this equity impact to be achieved one other requirement must also be fulfilled – the ICT infrastructure must be genuinely accessible, based upon universal design principles. Open-access educational resources will only be truly open if they are designed to be accessible for all learners.

This and other key findings are presented in full in the ICT4I synthesis report and e-publication.

 

 

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