IO1: Two Research Studies

ELPIDA’s first Intellectual Output consists of:

Needs Assessment Study (IO1 Part A): The study aimed to assess the needs and interest of parents on issues concerning PWID. Its purpose is to inform the content of the modules (by investigating which specific aspects of the selected topics parents of PWID are more interested in) and thus define training requirements.

The findings show that parents of PWID are interested in participating in e-learning and that there is a clear need for this kind of opportunity.

Download the "Needs Assessment Study" (pdf ~3MB)

Evaluation research (IO1 Part B): Based on the Needs Assessment Study, a free-to-use e-learning platform was developed. The platform comprised of six stand-alone interactive educational modules providing more training, awareness raising and/or attitude change on the key areas of Human Rights, Communication, Stress Management, Transition to Adulthood, Sexual Health and Ageing.

Several actions were taken in order to evaluate the usefulness of the ELPIDA e-learning platform, including registered users activity, questionnaires, focus groups and collecting feedback from parents and professionals who had used the platform. The results suggest that the training material available on the e-learning platform is useful not only to parents/carers but also for professionals and that, it is presented in an interesting and engaging way.

Download the Evaluation Report (pdf ~1.7MB)

IO2: E-learning material

Teaching recourses have been developed on the themes/topics of  Human Rights, Communication, Stress management, Transition to Adulthood, Ageing and Sexual health. These themes have been chosen in consultation with family members of PWID. The Needs Assessment study results (IO1 Part A) have been taken into consideration and informed the content of the e-learning modules and prioritize parents’ preferences regarding the chosen topics.
On the base of the pedagogical and technical orientation provided in the tailor made training activity that took place in March 2018, partners developeded the module contents in the form of stand-alone units that promote both the knowledge base and reflections on their thematic orientation. The e-learning material is presented in various forms: presentations, tutorials, videos and questionnaires providing a rich, interactive learning environment that is envisaged to promote the active engagement of the users.

IO3: E-learning platform

The ELPIDA course (http://course.elpida-project.eu) is implemented in Moodle open-source learning platform.

The platform is multilingual, supporting six languages (EN, EL, DA, DE, NO, PT).

In response to the needs of users and their devices (desktop pcs, laptops, tablets, mobiles), a Responsive Web Design approach was followed. The course adapts the layout to the viewing environment. As a result, the content renders well on a variety of devices and window or screen sizes.

Potential students will have to follow a simple 2-step registration/enrolment procedure by creating an account for the Moodle platform while a system administrator give them access to the language course of their preference.

The training material will be available in six languages (Danish, English, German, Greek, Norwegian and Portuguese) offering the flexibility of distance learning. The content is organized in six stand-alone modules aiming to respond to learning objectives for training, awareness raising and/or attitude change in the areas of Human Rights, Communication, Stress Management, Transition to Adulthood, Sexual Health, Ageing.

Each stand-alone module is provided in the form of a “book” divided in chapters / sub-chapters. It also includes glossary of terms, suggestions on related to the theme/topic activities and, in most cases, external resources (embedded in the “book”).The modules are completed with a forum discussion function and contain evaluation instrumentation for the three phases of the learners’ interaction with the modules contents. Learners’ responses to these short questionnaires will be used to upgrade the contents, the method of presentation and the method of delivery of the ELPIDA Course.

Course facilitation will be done, for the English version, by the responsible module development/partner. For the linguistic versions, responsible will be the language partners who will act as an intermediary between the learners and the content developer.

The project partners believe that knowledge to be gained through this educational platform will have a positive impact on people with ID and will contribute to a better transition to adulthood, social inclusion, and better quality of life in general.