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Ensuring Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning in Central Asia and the Caucasus
Event Date: 
Thu, 2021/07/08
Online (Almaty)

On July 8, UNESCO and UNPRPD are organizing a webinar on "Ensuring Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning" in Almaty for participants from Central Asia and the Caucasus. This event will take place online via the Zoom platform.


The webinar aims to present the UNESCO’s Learning for All: Guidelines on the Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning to all stakeholders on the integration of technological approaches used to provide education for persons with disabilities. Recognizing the value of open and distance learning (ODL) as one of the most sustainable methods of overcoming the educational barriers faced by people with disabilities.


Topics for discussion:

The webinar will cover aspects of the ODL-based education system using Open Educational Resources (OER), Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), and Open Access (OA).

It draws on guidelines to provide an overview for governments, educational institutions, educators and curriculum developers. developers, as well as quality assurance and recognition bodies, in developing ODL platforms, processes, courses, exams and more to address the needs of all users.

The webinar will allow stakeholders to easily navigate and assess the degree of the capacity building they need to undertake, based on a contextualized selection of relevant criteria.

These assessments are made possible by allowing stakeholders to strategically assess the specific issues that will arise in the ODL discussion, from preliminary actions to implementation and monitoring processes for educational programs.

During the event, participants will be able to assess with three action checklists: the prerequisites of the ODL; its implementation; and the monitoring process.

Expected results:

  1. Strengthen the capacity of representatives from government agencies, educational organizations, and the civil sector to provide inclusive open and distance education.
  2. Familiarize all stakeholders with basic guidelines and recommendations for the inclusion of students with disabilities in open and distance learning.
  3. Provide recommendations to improve the legal and regulatory framework for ODL to select, develop, use, maintain, assess, and evaluate suitable platforms and tools.


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