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Make digital learning more inclusive with new blended Mixed Classroom model

19 September 2023
Online education can contribute to more inclusive education. In practice, however, this may be different. The Building Capacity for Inclusive Education in Digital Environments project provides teachers with technology tools for more inclusive education.

The VU Center for Teaching & Learning developed a blended Mixed Classroom model, assessed by Erasmus+ as best practice.

Project e-Inclusion keeps students in
Marieke Slootman (Lectorate Youth and Society at Inholland, previously associate professor at VU Amsterdam) was the project leader. “During corona, we saw a lot of potential in online education, but in practice the social differences only widened.”

According to Marieke, this was due in part to practical issues such as financial problems, small housing and poor equipment. “For students with disabilities, online education also had advantages. For example, they did not have to travel. But they also experienced motivation problems due to online education. In addition, their disability was often not visible online, so teachers could not always take it into account.” 

The project is a consortium of VU Amsterdam and three other universities and two policy-oriented organizations with leading expertise in both diversity and digital learning. e-Inclusion contributes to equal educational opportunities for students in online, blended and hybrid environments by equipping teachers with new skills for inclusive digital education.  

Read the entire interview (in Dutch) and view the new materials for teachers