This year’s BETT Show was bigger than ever and Rix Research & Media were delighted to be invited to present at this important event in the Education calendar.
The 2017 BETT Show (previously known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) took place in January, attracting over 30,000 visitors over four days and was attended by teachers, educators, technologists and decision makers from the UK and overseas. It was the perfect environment in which to showcase the ‘Multimedia Advocacy Pathway to Personalised Learning’ – a theoretical learning pathway and suite of accompanying modules specially developed by Rix Research to help educators use mobile technologies to achieve genuinely personalised teaching & learning.
Principal Researcher Gosia Kwiatkowska presented the Pathway to an audience of education professionals on the ‘SEN Learn Live’ stage. She described how this innovative model brings together for the first time three underlying sets of principles; those of person-centred practice; universal design for learning and Multimedia Advocacy. These guiding principles underpin each step on a learning pathway made up of 14 short modules covering 4 units or stages; ‘About Me’; ‘Getting to Know Me’; ‘My Needs and Taking Control’
As educators follow the stages of the Pathway they understand how to employ person-centred tools alongside mobile apps and technologies to firstly know their learners and keep them actively involved at the centre, driving their own learning. As they find out more about their learners’ needs they start to apply the principles of universal design for learning, again using different tools and mobile technologies to adapt both their teaching and the learning environment to accommodate different learning styles and create personalised learning episodes that keep the learner activated and engaged. The final steps of the Pathway bring an understanding of rights and how these tools can be used to empower the learner to advocate for themselves and truly take control of their learning.
The Multimedia Advocacy Pathway to Personalised Learning was developed by Rix Research as part of IncluEdu, an international corporation project funded by the European Commission. You can find out more about IncluEdu, including how to apply for an Erasmus mobility grant to attend the IncluEdu Tablet in Education courses, on the IncluEdu website www.incluedu.com.