Working-Lunch on Inclusion & Diversity

Please join us on December 10 at 12 o´clock CET for a presentation by Professor Claudia Becker on "Inclusive University Education – How do Students with Disabilities Experience Emergency Remote Education Due to COVID-19 in Berlin and in Palestine?"

Working-Lunch on Inclusion & Diversity in HE

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has long been engaging in a conversation on inclusion, and especially in exploring the possibilities for all students to participate in international learning. With the start of the new Erasmus+ Program, and the diversified opportunities for international engagement for all target groups, we would now like to add a new project with European partners, which will provide a platform for exchange and joint activities. Our new project with some of our valued European partners is focused on providing a space for in-person meeting and active involvement of students and administrators with fewer opportunities, but will also engage in a new dialogue with scholars on inclusion topics, to share strategies and knowledge needed.

To initiate this dialogue on inclusion, we invite you to join our virtual meeting on
 

Friday, December 10, 2021 at 12 to 2 pm CET.

 

The meeting will be online, due to the short notice we are giving and the ongoing restrictions caused by the pandemic, but we hope to be able to invite you to Berlin in 2022 for follow-up activities within the network. In future, we would envision in-person meetings once a year to take place in the different partner universities, to work jointly on the improvement of inclusive structures, equal access, inclusive career management, and many more topics of administrative as well as scholarly interest. Digital meetings in-between – either scholarly or administrative – are also an option, of course.

Please join us on December 10 at 12 o´clock CET for a presentation by

Professor Claudia Becker on

Inclusive University Education – How do Students with Disabilities Experience Emergency Remote Education Due to COVID-19 in Berlin and in Palestine?

Many universities all over the world have started to implement inclusive policies to enable accessibility and participation. The COVID-19 pandemic forced them to move to distance learning. Did the universities succeed in taking into account the needs of students with disabilities also in times of crises? What challenges and opportunities have they faced during emergency remote education (ERE) that should be considered in the design of inclusive (digital) higher education? To answer these questions, data were gathered from 197 students with disabilities in Palestine and Berlin/Germany by an online questionnaire with closed and open questions. The data were analysed quantitatively and qualitatively. Most students reported continuation of their studies and participation in online education. However, the academic lives of more than half of them have been negatively affected by ERE, and the majority experienced more stress and various challenges due to their disability. Their experiences depend on various influencing factors, including the form of the disability and the needed support. Furthermore, Palestinian students faced more stress than German students. The results reveal that more investment in assistive technology and more competences of disability centres, lecturers and students are needed to implement inclusive policies sustainably and to make online education accessible.

A student response will follow. A discussion of possibilities for a new network among interested universities concludes the short meeting. We will limit ourselves to a two hour time slot.

We invite you to join the event on December 10, to work together on more inclusive Higher Education in Europe.

If you would like to participate, please contact us!

Christina Bohle (christina.bohle[at]hu-berlin.de) & Ursula Hans (ursula.hans[at]hu-berlin.de).

We will share the Weblink to the meeting and all further information needed with the registered participants in time before the meeting.