hELPING EDUCATORS TO TEACH THROUGH ROBOTIC TOOLS
The first Transnational Project Meeting Agenda took place on the 21th and 22th of January 2022 in Poland
dESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The overall aim of the HEART project is to increase the capacities of the adult education systems in the partner countries to meaningfully engage adult learners with education and training through the use of robotics technology. The use of robots to help adult learners is a relatively new field, which has shown interesting results. Robots have been developed to support a wide range of educational activities, including training for specific skills, language learning, vocational education, continuing professional development and others. Specific robotic devices have been developed to aid learners with disabilities as well, including developmental, learning and sensory disabilities, communication disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders and physical impairments.
WHAT ARE OUR PROJECT's objectives?
- Improve the capacity of educators to provide,education and training that is specific to the needs of learners with disabilities through the use of robotics technology
- Map out the field of educational robotics and enhance the understanding of the interconnections between technologies and practices, relevant to the needs of adult learners
- Create an international network of trainers and educators with a specific knowledge in the field of educational robotics in the partner countries
- Increase synergies between the adult education, the higher education and the robotics sectors through more targeted use of robotics technologies
- Increased capacity of the partners from the different project countries and enhanced cooperation between them
WHAT ARE OUR PROJECT's resultS?
- Completed mapping of the uses of robotics technology to support adult learners, including learners with disabilities, with a created searchable online database
- Produced guide for the target groups on the use of robots to support learners, to be used alongside the online database
- Developed and piloted online training course as a learning tool to improve the competences of the target groups
- Created network of trained professionals on the use of robots to support adult learners, who can provide support and training to the target groups
- Improved competences on the use of robotics technology to support educational outcomes among the target groups through targeted training activities in each country
- Achieved wide reach of the project results through an international event
Upon completion of the HEART project, the following impacts are expected:
- Improved capacity of educators to integrate robots in the teaching and training process for adult learners
- Improved capacity of educators (including non-teacher professionals) to integrate robots in their work with learners with disabilities to achieve their inclusion in education and better learning outcomes
- Improved capacity of the partner organisations in relation to the issue of using robots to support adult education and created a pool of professional trainers in this area
- Enhanced knowledge about the impact of robotics technology to support educational outcomes and raised awareness of the issue among and beyond the direct target groups
- Created interconnections and synergies between the higher education, adult education and the robotics sectors, as well as between the project countries.
The impact of the project on the indirect target group of adult learners (including learners with disabilities) will be seen in the improved learning and developmental outcomes, educational results, reduced rates of dropouts, improved readiness for the labour market and reduced risks of social exclusion. This will have roll-on benefits with regard to equality and diversity in society as a whole, both within the project countries and beyond.
Project Number: 2021-1-PLO1-KA220-ADU-000035164
This project has been funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The information and views set out in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.