Workpackage 1 - Preparation phase - research and analysis
Within this activity we aim to provide an overview of the existing policy and legislation relating to higher education students with special needs and an overview of existing assessment protocols, practices and guideines, with an overview of their acceptance and use, as well as strengths and weaknesses of the specific protocols in PPU and EUC. Furthermore, the aim is to establish a set of guidelines for identification of strengths and weaknesses of the student with special needs with respect to disability and experience of EUP at PPU. Each PPU will assess specific educational needs students with SEN. The assessment process will involve each university. Based on the obtained data we will provide a database of the number of students with special needs and the type of special needs, their current situation and possible support.
At each PPU will be established Support Office for all students, including with SEN, who will operate within Office for Academic and Student Affairs in a defined period of time (three times a week for two hours). Coordinators of Support Offices will be from academic staff who will receive a symbolic compensation for their work. It will be organized a conference where the relevant ministries, academic and non-academic staff and the general public will be informed about the results and the future plans. At the end of preparation phase representatives of all 8 public BH universities, by visiting EUP, will be familiar with their offices for support students with special needs and with their way of support.
Activity 1.1. - Analysis of the existing policy and legislation
Each country will provide an overview of the existing policy and legislation with an overview of strengths and weaknesses relating to higher education students with special needs and respect of their rights. Checklist will be created for the government and institutions of higher education to identify whether and how they meet the minimal standard for support students with special needs. Each country will make recommendations regarding the failings and suggested recommendations.
Activity 1.2. - Analysis of existing assessment practice
Each country will provide an overview of existing assessment protocols, practices and guidelines, with an overview of their acceptance and use, as well as strengths and weaknesses of the specific protocols. It will be provide review of previous EU projects reports and recommendations and each country will make recommendations regarding the failings and suggested recommendations.
Activity 1.3. - Preparation of assessment tools
Establish a set of guidelines for identification of strengths and weaknesses of the student with special education needs with respect to disability (including physical and mobility difficulties; hearing impairments; visual impairments; specific learning difficulties including dyslexia; mental health difficulties, students at risk) and specific learning needs, support and technology, including the availability of support personnel and technology.
Activity 1.4. - Undertaking the research and analysis
Undertaking and analysis of the results on each PCU will provide a basic guide to strengths and weaknesses for anybody concerned that they may be with special needs. It will combine a series tests with a questionnaire to provide a basic guide to strengths and weaknesses, and an indication of possible special need. This process of identification students with special needs will help them to define their current state and possible support.
Activity 1.5. - Conference on the research findings
At the end of the research, it will be organized the conference and will meet the academic and non academic staff and representatives of students and government, with the objectives of the project and with research findings at eight public universities. Also at the conference will be presented future steps of the project. Media will be present to the conference.
Activity 1.6. - Establishment of SO at each PPU
At each public BH universities will be established a Support Office who will be under control of the Office for Academic and student affairs. At each public university BH will be named coordinator for special needs from academic staff. Selection will be made according to the competence and motivation of candidates who apply to the call. Support office will be equipped with the necessary office equipment and resources according to the pattern of equipping of EUP Support Offices.
Activity 1.7. - Workshop PPU to EU for strategy development
Representatives from 8 public universities in BH will go on workshop to the EU project partners. They will be familiar with existing services to support students with special needs, their identification and determination and with the procedures of support and its use. They will get basic knowledge necessary for capacity building and strategy development at BH universities.
Workpackage 2 -
The purpose of this work package is to building capacity for the smooth running of the SO and coordinators. It is important to have appropriately trained support workers for students with SEN in each institution. It is assumed that these will have responsibilities that cover many disabilities. These individuals need to be trained in how to support these individuals, not only to teach them how to handle academic demands, but also to use the available technology, including support such as tape recorders and study skills. The training will include the key areas of a) Policies and legislation, b) Assessment and identification of needs, c) Using assisstive technology and d) Study skills. Appropriate assessment is the starting point of support for the studnets with special needs, through the clear identification of areas of strength and weakness. A key part of the training will be related to human support. Assistive technology has been demonstrated to be a key to the support of the individual with SEN. The purpose of this topic is to identify the technology that is useful, to explain how it is useful, and to provide generic guides for use by support workers and students. Study skills will include teaching and supporting Reading and writing, Listening and note taking, Examinations and Time management. Each PPU will be, in accordance with their needs and resources developed its work plan for the next three years. As a last step of the building capacity, will be held a conference related to the integration of the SO in the system of each university.
Acitivity 2.1. - Training of SO coordinators
SO Coordinators will be trained in a period of one week by experts for special needs. Training of SO coordinators will include basic knowledge about policies, legislation and practices related to the specific needs. Training will cover the process of assessment and identification of various special needs. The support will include the key areas of using assistive technology and study skills.
Acitivity 2.2. - Work plan for 3yr
Based on obtained data and in accordance with the needs, each PPU will develop a work plan for the next three years to the pattern of working of EUP Support Offices.
Acitivity 2.3. - Conference on SO integration into the PPU
Conference on the integration will be organized of Support Offices in structure of Universities. Representatives of the government, academic and non-academic staff, and public will be informed with the existence of these offices, with their objectives and work plan, and the importance of their existence.
Workpackage 3 - Improvement of the disability service
With the aim to ensure undisturbed work of Support Offices and Coordinators for support, will be created 6 guidebooks for support students with special needs in higher education (1- guide for students with Visual Impairments, 1-Hearing loss, 1-Physical disability, 1 -Speech difficulties, including Dyslexia, 1 – Mental health difficulties, 1 – General). Guidebooks will be suitable for all who participate in the process of education of students with special needs, including students themselves. Guidebooks will be used at the faculty level and at the institutional level. Through of the beginning, Support offices will be provided support to a group of students with special needs within existing resources. After the registration process of students with special needs will begin with identifying specific needs and difficulties which they daily faced in the process of learning and teaching. Support will focus on the improvement of their Study skills. Through the examination practices will be ensured that students with special needs are given the opportunity to demonstrate the achievement of learning outcomes and competence standards in a manner that best suits a particular need. Also we will investigate the range of ways in which particularly students can be aided by ICT and to provide students with the information and resources to enable them to make the best use of assistive technologies. Also will be ensured that students with special needs have access to the full range of student services that are provided by the institution on the propriety way. Support will be created on the model of experience and practice of EUP and will be adjusted in the PPU’s needs with regard to existing resources, the educational system, and other related issues.
Acitivity 3.1. - Development of guidelines
Acitivity 3.2. - Pilot studies
Acitivity 3.2. - Incidental travel
Workpackage 5 - Monitoring and quality control
Acitivity 5.1. - Ongoing internal quality control and monitoring
Acitivity 5.2. - Mid-term and final internal evaluation
Workpackage 6 - Dissemination of information
Acitivity 6.1. - Develop promotion material and a web-portal for SO
Acitivity 6.2. - Organizing open days at PPU
Workpackage 7 - Management of the project
Acitivity 7.1. - Consortium meeting one
Acitivity 7.2. - Consortium meeting two
Acitivity 7.3. - Consortium meeting three
Acitivity 7.4. - Consortium meeting four
Acitivity 7.5. - Ongoing project and financial coordination