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Building Inclusive Education in K-12 Classrooms and Higher Education: Theories and Principles
A professional learning center without walls; an organization of researchers connecting and interacting together digitally across location barriers in order to work, learn and grow together by sharing information, skills and resources.
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Creating an International Collaboratory for Leadership in Universally Designed Education: INCLUDE as a Global Community of Practice
Elizabeth Minchin Dalton (Dalton Education Services International, USA), Richard M. Jackson (Boston College, USA), Sean Bracken (University of Worcester, UK), Ashiya Abdool Satar (University of South Africa, South Africa), Mustapha Aabi (University of Ibn Zohr, Morocco), Aashna Khurana (ASER Centre, USA), Luigia Nicholas (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Oressa K. Power (William James College, USA), and Linda Plantin Ewe (Kristianstad University, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7370-2.ch001
To foster strong global movements toward more inclusive educational resources around the world, higher education serves a crucial role. Universities face numerous challenges in the development of inclusive services for those with differing needs. While global collaborative efforts often provide great inspiration for community and educational system change, professionals do not always know exactly what changes should be made or how to go about making these changes more inclusive. Resources and online professional learning networks that are open to all and readily available online are one way to address these challenges. The INCLUDE Collaboratory gathers and provides open opportunities for professionals around the world to connect, learn, discuss, and develop ongoing collaborative relationships. The authors present the background, history, structure, and work of the INCLUDE Collaboratory, highlighting the following: Concept, vision, and purpose; organizational timeline and evolution; organizational development; thematic priorities, and future planning.
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Semantic Integration for Research Environments
is a short, handy name for “collaborative laboratory” and means a virtual location or a system where scientific experimental research is performed in a collaborative manner i.e. involving multiple individuals in one experiment.
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Teaching the Socio-Technical Practices of Tomorrow Today
a form of online collaboration; sometimes referred to as a “centre without walls” a collaboratory is an environment to support teams in communication and collaboration, using digital collections for access and dissemination of information and knowledge. Schleyer (2001, pp 1508) describes it as: “An information technology infrastructure that supports cooperation among individuals, groups or organizations in pursuit of a shared goal by facilitating interaction, communication, and knowledge-sharing.”
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Remote Teaching Laboratories in Science and Engineering
A research laboratory that provides both access to instrumentation and experiments while allowing for communication in a variety of ways. Researchers are not required to be physically present to participate in an experiment.
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Enabling Remote Participation in Research
A set of technologies and resources for connecting geographically disparate people, research facilities/apparatus, and data for the purposes of education and research.
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Lessons Learned from the NASA Astrobiology Institute
A laboratory without walls where scientists can access instruments, data and one another across distance.
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Virtual Collaboration
A “center without walls, in which the nation’s researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location, interacting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational resources, [and] accessing information in digital libraries” (according to W. Wulf, 1989).?Collaboration: The act of working together in a joint, cooperative effort.
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