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Invitation to participate and register for the DELFI 2021 workshop

Present and possible future(s) of inclusive EdTech and
their applications in education and training

13 September 2021 – morning session

The workshop is now planned as a half day event on 13 September from 9:00-12:30 (registration by 9 September 2021).

Based on selected research results of the project KI.ASSIST (AI.ASSIST), which we will shortly present in our workshop at DELFI 2021, we will ask the question: How could desirable and probable futures of AI-supported learning in vocational rehabilitation look like in 2030?

We would like to work with you on possible future scenarios for the use, dissemination, and role of educational technologies for persons with disabilities. First, we would like to critically discuss with you the key factors and scenarios we have found. Then, the main focus will be set on the 2nd part of the workshop in which we would like to develop visions that go beyond the horizon of the KI.ASSIST project and recommendations on how to achieve them. We will explore together different types of futures from the fields of education, inclusion, and AI.

Format and Registration

Workshop format: Video call (Webex) with break out session & whiteboard tool, max. 20 participants

Workshop duration: 3.5 hours incl. breaks (9:00-12.30 am)

Registration: If you would like to participate in the workshop, please register by 9 September 2021 at the latest. You will receive a confirmation of participation and the access data via E-mail. Places will be allocated in the order of registration. 

Program

  1. INTRODUCTION: Presentation of the workshops‘ program and objectives
  2. PRESENT: Examples of AI-based inclusive educational technologies – research goals and results of the project KI.ASSIST and its monitoring part 
  3. FUTURE I: Foresighting procedure and developed scenarios – presentation and discussion
    • Presentation of the most important influencing factors (key factors) found in KI.ASSIST, projections of the future for each key factor and presentation of four created scenarios 
    • Discussion about the plausibility of the key factors, their projections, the developed scenarios
  4. FUTURE II: Revision of four possible scenarios 
    • Breakout session (two groups) to discuss, complement or remove scenario descriptions (two scenarios per group)
    • Presentation of the revised scenarios
  5. FUTURE III: Desired and probable scenarios – voting, discussion and recommendations for action 
    • Voting: Which scenario is most probable and which most desirable in 2030?
    • Summary and discussion of voting results: comparison of desired and probable scenario within the workshop and a conducted online survey, discussion about how desire and reality could and should be matched
  6. WRAP UP: Outlook and conclusion

Organizers and Contact: If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of the workshop organizers Dr. Berit Blanc. You can find an overview of all organizers here.


The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has made it particularly clear that efforts must be made to ensure that even persons without special needs have access to education. The use of digital technologies represents a great potential for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in learning and teaching processes. However, the rapid developments in 2020 seen in online education and particularly in “emergency remote teaching” call even more for technologies that consider the needs of persons with disabilities.

Researchers at HU Berlin and DFKI are currently working on various inclusion- and accessibility-related questions ranging from education in schools and universities to vocational training and rehabilitation. The respective projects also faced some challenges due to the pandemic situation and required finding new suitable solutions.

researchers from various disciplines, we want to discuss challenges that emerged during the pandemic situation and the potential of EdTech applications to address them.This workshop invites researchers to present related research and develop possible future(s) of digitally supported inclusive education and training. The following questions will guide the workshop. What specific needs and conditions should be met to provide successful technological support for inclusive (online) education? What developments are currently emerging in the field of assistive AI technologies? Which long-term implications can be derived for possible future developments?

Workshop topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual needs and potentials in EdTech and AI to support inclusive education
  • Accessibility in and by EdTech and AI
  • Individual Adoption of EdTech and AI by persons with disabilities
  • Cooperative learning in an individualized educational reality
  • Conditions of successful EdTech application in inclusive education
  • Organisational development for EdTech implementation
  • Marginalized groups’ participation in EdTech design, development, implementation
  • Considering ELSI regarding AI applications for persons with disabilities
  • Forecast of possible scenarios of the use of AI-based assistance technologies for inclusive education and training