e-learning & P4A

The FLOE (Flexible Learning for Open Education) Project in P4A.

Before Prosperity4All…
Floe has been working within the Open Education community to improve inclusion and accessibility in Open Learning. Along with building tools and resources for the community, Floe has also held workshops and provided individual accessibility guidance and support to groups in the Open Education community. Members of the Open Education community were able to use the tools and resources that Floe has created to make their Open Educational Resources more accessible, however, they were limited in their ability to find and use other existing assistive technologies within their projects. As a result, students with disabilities are often not able to participate in their educational content in a meaningful way. This is particularly true when dealing with STEM fields of education.
Thanks to Prosperity4All…
Through P4A, Floe has been able to introduce the Open Education community to a vast number of accessible and assistive technologies available in the P4A DeveloperSpace. Floe has also worked with people in the Open Education community to integrate their technologies and educational content with the P4A Nexus, enabling the reuse of the many components in the P4A DeveloperSpace. In  this video you can see  the PhET Simulation using Alternative Input Via Nexus:
Floe explored the way in which accessible technologies can be used to support inclusive “constructionist” learning experiences. Constructionism is Seymour Papert’s term for learning that “happens felicitously in a context where the learner is consciously engaged in constructing a public entity.”[1] Papert emphasizes that learning happens most profoundly when it is social, embodied, and experiential. To this end, FLOE held a series of “hackathon” events in which the OER community and members of the FLOE team were able to learn about and collaborate on projects that use Prosperity4All and GPII-related technologies in a hands-on way. This was documented in the Inclusive Learning Design Handbook: http://handbook.floeproject.org/InclusiveMakingAndHacking.html

[1] Cited in Blikstein, Paul. “Seymour Papert’s Legacy: Thinking about learning, and learning about thinking.” Seymour Papert Tribute at IDC 2013 (2013).

Referecnces & Videos:
Inclusive Learning Design Handbook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSbpF9YKaNQ
PhET Simulation using Alternative Input Via Nexus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4juro3b6AwY
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