Towards Inclusive eLearning: Improving Accessibility of eLearning in Higher Education from Universal Design for Learning perspective

Project: Research

Project Details


The TINEL project (Towards Inclusive eLearning) is a 3-year project (2018-2021) funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

The aims are to:
•Increase awareness and knowledge about inclusive eLearning and Universal Design for eLearning (UDeL).
•Create and test a model for training teachers, to inspire teachers and create a support network for UDeL.
•Develop and test learning material for teachers consisting of “Context cards” showing a diversity of situations a proactive teacher can prepare for; videos with experiences of teachers and students; and articles useful for creating fruitful discussions about UDeL.

In the project we arrange:
•An Open Call for best practices in Universal Design for Learning, where four awarded articles were presented at a conference in Jyväskylä, Finland.
•4 Camps (workshops) and 4 Follow-up webinars, where staff at higher education institutions bring their own cases about inclusive eLearning, share experiences, and learn about Universal Design for eLearning.
•A number of national webinars disseminating the results from the project.
•A Closing conference at York University and online 8-9 December 2021. Abstracts and presentations:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is about removing thresholds for learning, so students can:
•Engage in learning in multiple ways
•Receive information in multiple ways
•Show their knowledge in multiple ways

CAST guidelines:
UDeL = UDL with a focus on eLearning and blended learning.
Short titleTowards Inclusive eLearning
Effective start/end date2018/10/012021/12/31

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University
  • Hamk University Of Applied Sciences (lead)
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • The Association of Finnish eLearning Centre
  • University of York
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Free keywords

  • UDL
  • UDeL
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Universal Design for eLearning
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Universal Design
  • Universell utformning