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Inclusive Digital Technology - a New Professional Learning Course

by Craig Mill

on Fri Aug 31, 2018

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If you have an interest in assistive technology and would like to update your professional development, CALL Scotland, in partnership with Edinburgh University’s Professional Learning, is offering a new course; Inclusive Digital Technology (IDT).

IDT, pitched at SCQF Masters-level 11, is a blended learning course with practical face-to-face workshops and online teaching and learning which explores the developments and arguments surrounding inclusive technology and pedagogy.


The Inclusive Digital Technology (IDT) Professional Learning course is unique in the field of assistive technology in Scotland.

The course is set within a context of underpinning academic literacies, legislation and policy at national and local levels in relation to inclusive digital technologies and resources for pupils with additional support needs (ASN).

Inclusive Digital Technology (IDT) is used as an umbrella term to include a range of assistive technologies and resources to support pupils with additional support needs (ASN) including:

  • Learners with literacy and numeracy difficulties - dyslexia and dyscalculia.
  • Learners who experience sensory difficulties - visually impaired, blind and/or hearing impaired.
  • Learners with communication difficulties.
  • Learners with complex needs.
  • Learners with Autistic Spectrum conditions.

What does the course cover?

The course examines ​underpinning academic literacies in the field of inclusive digital technology, for example:

  • arguments surrounding the concept of inclusive education,
  • relevant legislation and policy,
  • universal design for learning (UDL),
  • assistive technology models of assessment,
  • a range of inclusive digital technologies and resources.

Who is the course for?

Teachers in primary and secondary school settings as well as educators in Further Education institutions or other settings who have a keen interest in learning about inclusive technology and pedagogy.

You will have an opportunity to carry out a small reflective research project allowing you to engage in evidenced-based teaching and learning.

Why study the course?

Educational research allows the teacher to become...

'researcher-practitioners rather than objects of academic researchers' (Hargreaves 2009).

(Hargreaves, D. (2009) Educational Research and Evidence-based Practice. Sage Publications, London.)

Educational research practitioners play an important part in evidence-based teaching and can advance the capability and capacity for enquiry and help to promote inclusive practice in the school.

This course is not about learning to use inclusive digital technologies!

There is an expectation you will have some knowledge and experience of using different assistive technologies and resources in the classroom to support pupils.

Find out more about the course and book your place.


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