Digital training systems
Digital training systems for people with disabilities
Disabilities concerned: Autism and pervasive developmental disorders, mental disability, psychiatric disability, multiple disabilities
Topics: Training, work
Education and training play an important role for people with disabilities. Appropriate support helps to improve their educational opportunities and their possibilities to participate in society. At present, few digital aids are used in education, either in protected workshops or in special schools. Most of the time, personal instructions or work with paper-based teaching aids are used. These teaching aids are difficult to adapt to the needs of the persons concerned and are not very attractive. Digital devices also play a central role in the daily lives of people with disabilities, so the use of digital media in education has great potential.
The aim of the project is to design and test a digital learning system for people with disabilities. For this purpose, a suitable working process was identified and analysed with the Heimstätten Wil. Videos were created to convey the work process. In addition, tasks from the mathematics courses were implemented with a curative education school. The system was implemented with the 3D engine Unity. In addition, a stand was designed to mount a projector on a workstation in order to project the teaching material onto the work table.
The system is currently being evaluated at Heimstätten Will. The results will be evaluated at the end of the project. Once the project is finished, another evaluation is planned in a curative education school.
The first results of the evaluation show that the people involved have welcomed the system and that the system can be used in a practical way. The material costs are low, as it is also possible to use existing projectors. The easy extension of the system to new types of tasks is still the biggest challenge for practical use.
The project allowed us to establish and deepen new contacts with actors (academics and professionals) in Switzerland. Thus, it will be possible in the future to establish new projects on this topic and to multiply the results of this project. In addition, a system has been developed to demonstrate the results and to develop and test new tasks. The experience gained in the project can be used in other projects. The supervision of the Innovation Booster provided valuable impulses within the project and beyond.
The collaboration with the project partners was a successful interdisciplinary collaboration. It was motivating to contribute to the improvement of educational opportunities and the inclusion of people with disabilities through the use of technical systems.
The project has shown that the use of digital systems has great potential to help people with disabilities. Further evaluations of the system are planned after the end of the project. In collaboration with a school for curative education, tasks from mathematics education to test spatial representation skills were implemented. An evaluation is planned for December.