Moray House School of Education and Sport

Inclusive digital technology course

In this unique and innovative course, participants will learn about the developments and arguments surrounding assistive technologies and pedagogy for pupils with additional support needs. Teaching is delivered over 10 weeks through a combination of face-to-face workshops and online learning.

This course will be of interest to education professionals who wish to promote inclusion and excellence in education for pupils with additional support needs (ASN), including,

  • learners with literacy and numeracy difficulties, eg dyslexia and dyscalculia
  • learners who experience sensory difficulties, eg sight loss, visually impaired, blind and/or hearing impaired
  • learners with communication difficulties
  • learners with complex needs

The course is pitched at SCQF Masters Level 11 and is offered in conjunction with Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning Scotland (CALL Scotland).

Course Overview

Video: Inclusive Digital Technologies (IDT): Course Introduction video
A video for Professional Learning area of Moray House School of Education and Sport website

Inclusive Digital Technologies (IDT) is an umbrella term which includes a range of assistive technologies and resources to support pupils with additional support needs.

Choosing equipment and educational approaches for pupils with additional support needs presents considerable challenges for schools and other education organisations. This can raise various questions:

  • With specialist equipment often being expensive, how do you know you are spending resources wisely? 
  • What evidence is there that particular pedagogical strategies are effective? 
  • How do you choose the right equipment / strategies for an individual learner? 
  • How can you promote inclusion and whole-school solutions?

By examining the underpinning theory, the current evidence base, legislation and policy in relation to inclusive digital technologies, you will be in a better position to address these questions. 

You will also have the opportunity to carry out a small reflective research project, allowing you to engage in evidence-based learning and gain feedback on your work.

Please note that this course is not designed to teach you how to use specific inclusive digital technologies. However, relevant resources will be signposted and support will be available during the practical workshops, as well as through the digital technology online resources and discussion board.

Learning aims

As a participant you will:

  • Examine key academic literacies in relation to pupils with ASN.
  • Consider relevant legislation and policy which impact on your practice.
  • Consider a range of issues which impact on raising pupil attainment.
  • Explore, identify and implement relevant and appropriate inclusive digital technologies and resources to support a pupil with ASN.
  • Critically review your experiences by submitting a case study - in a multi-modal format of your choice. 

Who is the course for?

This course is for education professionals with an interest in inclusive technology and pedagogy, including:

  • Teachers in primary and secondary schools
  • Educators in Further and Higher Education 
  • Local Authority staff whose remit includes education for pupils with additional support needs

Course participants should have some prior knowledge and experience of using different assistive technologies and resources in the classroom to support pupils.

Although the policy details are aimed at people working in the Scottish Education System, the course will still be of benefit to those working in other countries.

Course Details

This blended online learning course consists of practical, face-to-face workshops and online teaching and learning (self-study). Two workshops on Saturdays (three hours each) will be followed by online learning and self-study of roughly ten hours per week.  We hope that participants will be able to attend the workshops, however online materials and Adobe Connect can be used for those who are unable to attend in person so they can access the sessions and/or materials remotely.

Week 1 (practical workshop on Saturday 6 March 2021 at CALL Scotland, Holyrood Campus, Edinburgh): Introduction to Inclusive Digital Technologies
Week 2 (practical workshop on Saturday  13 March 2021 at CALL Scotland, Holyrood Campus, Edinburgh): Parallel assistive technology workshops
Week 3 (online during the week beginning Monday 15 March 2021): CALL Staff intro and overview of Learn (1-hour tutorial) + self-study/class discussion boards. Study subject – inclusive education
Week 4 (online during the week beginning Monday 22 March 2021): Self-study. Class discussion boards (opportunity to discuss/commence assignment). Study subject – universal design for learning 
Week 5 (online during the week beginning Monday 29 March 2021): Self-study / class discussion boards. Study subject – legislation and policy
Week 6 (online during the week beginning Monday 5 April 2021): Self-study / class discussion boards. Study subject – assessment models
Week 7 (online during the week beginning Monday 12 April 2021): Self-study + formative assessment support (1 hour). Study subject – inclusive digital technologies
Week 8 (online during the week beginning Monday 19 April 2021): Self-study + formative assessment support (1 hour). Study subject – inclusive digital technologies
Week 9 (online during the week beginning Monday 26 April 2021): Self-study
Week 10 (online during the week beginning Monday 3 May 2021): Self-study + assignment submission*. Includes e-Poster submission (15-minute poster presentation to tutors/class group via webinar).

*Applies to those who have chosen to submit a Poster for their assignment.  

This course is a professional learning course which is non-credit-bearing. Participants who participate fully in the face-to-face and online sessions will receive a certificate of attendance, and participants who fully participate and complete the assignment (a small-scale case study) will receive a certificate of completion. If participants subsequently matriculate as a University of Edinburgh student on the MSc Inclusive Education programme, they may be able to earn accreditation of prior learning (APL) credit.

Course fee and application

Course dates: 6 March - 7 May 2021
Course fee is £700

Bookings for the course starting in March 2021 are now open, so if you would like to apply please complete our online booking form by Fri 29 January 2021 at the latest:

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Course Facilitators

This course will be facilitated by experienced professionals based at CALL Scotland who work closely with Moray House School of Education and Sport.

Quotes from past participants

"The variety, range and quality of materials was excellent. It was also great to have the opportunity to hear from others who are working in this area."

"The course content was excellent including the extensive knowledge and experience of the CALL Scotland team, the opportunity to read so extensively, and the access to so many online resources. The overall course has had a very positive impact on the development of our service going forward."