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AUA Participates in Concluding INCLUSION Workshop in Graz, Austria

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GRAZ, Austria – On July 9-10, 2019, representatives of the American University of Armenia (AUA) took part in the Workshop on Inclusive Teaching and Learning Methodology Toolkit and Inclusive Education Guidelines. The workshop was hosted by the Austrian partners of the Erasmus+ INCLUSION project at the European Training and Research Center for Human Rights and Democracy of the University of Graz, Austria.

During the two-day event, the participants had the opportunity to finalize the methodology toolkit on inclusive teaching and learning, focusing on the pilot trainings for high school teachers and administrators conducted earlier in Armenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH); to develop an awareness raising campaign concept both at national and institutional levels through the dissemination of the methodology toolkit and national guidelines; to draft the program of the final conference; as well as to discuss financial and operational management issues related to the project.

Following the opening remarks, guest speaker Dr. Simone Adams, who is the  institutional design and technology specialist at the Center for Digital Teaching and Learning at KFUG, made an informative presentation on use of the new resources and tools/e-didactics fostering inclusive education. 

Several dynamic group works were conducted both at the level of each participating country and in mixed groups to generate ideas on engaging and training faculty/staff to apply inclusive teaching and learning methods; operationalizing and disseminating the methodology toolkit; ensuring sustainability of the INCLUSION project; as well as  identifying topics for the final conference panel discussions.

Reflecting on the workshop, Dr. Louise Sperl, project manager at World University Service (WUS), Austria, noted, “this was a productive meeting with active discussions and dedicated partners. Keeping in mind that the project will be ending soon, I am glad to see how much has been achieved. Really looking forward to our final conference at AUA in September.”

The INCLUSION final conference will be held at AUA on September 24-25, with expected participation of various target groups, such as EU partner country representatives, participants from the partner BiH Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Armenian school teachers, principals, and representatives of HEIs, line ministries, media, leading NGOs, international organisations, and the public at large. 

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.