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Pages: 5400-5412
Publication year: 2019
ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2019.1328

Conference name: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2019
Location: Palma, Spain


I. Josa, C. Farré, I. Gálvez, D. Ferrer-Balas, M. Vilalta, L. Montero

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (SPAIN)
All people are unique in their own way and it is necessary to embrace this diversity and make positive use of it. In all levels of education, differences between students can provide a good learning opportunity since every student will have different skills and ways of approaching the same problem. Therefore, universities need to offer education services that are conducive to learning, adequate and inclusive for each student. This will not only improve the education process of students with special needs but also lead to an improved service to all the involved stakeholders, such as professors and administrative personnel. Besides, this can also create a learning environment that favours the development of values such as respect and tolerance of diversity.

Grounded in this philosophy of inclusive education, the Government Board of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) approved in 2016 its first Inclusion Plan for the period 2017-2020. More recently, the Government Board of the UPC prompted the creation of an ad-hoc Task Group (TG) to analyse and improve the existing inclusion services and/or design new ones using the service design methodology. The TG was formed from volunteering members of the UPC community, including 10 students, 10 professors, and 10 administrative staff. They were assisted and guided by professional experts on service design. This paper reports the activities and results of this TG.
The main focus of the TG was related to the planning, design, and development of inclusion services in higher education. These services aim at supporting the inclusion of students with physical disabilities, learning disabilities as well as any other special education needs (D/SN).

The TG conducted a systematic process, based on the service design methodology, which consisted of four broad phases. In the first phase, the TG carried out research about the experience, values, and practices of all the groups involved. This research was qualitative and based on several unstructured interviews of students, professors, faculty directors, students’ advisors, and administrative staff. A total of 14 students with special needs, 17 professors, and 13 administration staff were interviewed. In the second phase, the interviews were analysed through four different models: user journey, stakeholders map, gaps map, and service plan. Such models are useful in order to identify and classify the possible opportunities for improvement. Furthermore, these models were presented and validated in a public meeting that was open to the whole UPC community, with a total of around 60 attendees. In the third phase, the most interesting and significant opportunities for improvement were chosen and prototypes for them were developed.

The five projects that were selected for prototyping belong to the following areas:
1) information about inclusion services given to students when they enrol;
2) adaptation of examination procedures;
3) training of lecturers to assist students with disabilities or special needs;
4) information system with individualised data for students with disabilities or special needs; and
5) general academic regulations about inclusion. The last phase is iterative and involves modifying the prototypes until the service is optimum.

The outcomes of this process are expected to be implemented at UPC during the 2019-20 academic year.
author = {Josa, I. and Farr{\'{e}}, C. and G{\'{a}}lvez, I. and Ferrer-Balas, D. and Vilalta, M. and Montero, L.},
series = {11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN19 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-12031-4},
issn = {2340-1117},
doi = {10.21125/edulearn.2019.1328},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2019.1328},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Palma, Spain},
month = {1-3 July, 2019},
year = {2019},
pages = {5400-5412}}
AU - I. Josa AU - C. Farré AU - I. Gálvez AU - D. Ferrer-Balas AU - M. Vilalta AU - L. Montero
SN - 978-84-09-12031-4/2340-1117
DO - 10.21125/edulearn.2019.1328
PY - 2019
Y1 - 1-3 July, 2019
CI - Palma, Spain
JO - 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN19 Proceedings
SP - 5400
EP - 5412
ER -
I. Josa, C. Farré, I. Gálvez, D. Ferrer-Balas, M. Vilalta, L. Montero (2019) DEVELOPMENT AND ENHANCEMENT OF INCLUSION SERVICES AT HIGHER EDUCATION LEVEL, EDULEARN19 Proceedings, pp. 5400-5412.