Tor Vergata University of Rome is taking part in an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, “Accessible and Digitalized Cultural Heritage for persons with disabilities – AD HOC”, coordinated by the University in Skopje.
What is AD HOC?
Nowadays, the management and protection of cultural archaeological heritage is unthinkable without an active participation of the general public. The days when archaeology was a discipline and technique comprehensible to a narrow academic circle, sponsored exclusively by national or international funding bodies are over.
Archaeology and archaeological cultural heritage should be reachable and accessible to different profiles including to persons with special needs: people with impaired vision or hearing and intellectual disabilities. These categories have been largely denied access to their archaeological heritage and they have been deprived of the possibility to fully experience their past.
The aim of this project is to create a strategic partnership in the field of higher education with the purpose to create and share innovative practices in the digitalization of the cultural heritage and its accessibility for persons with disabilities. The general goal of this project is to bring archaeological cultural heritage closer to the public, including different categories of the population, preferably through on-line courses.
Through the project activities the awareness of the value and importance of archaeological heritage among the general public will be raised and the field of archaeology and conservation science will be popularized. Reaching these goals, we shall draw on the experience of our partners from European countries with longer archaeological traditions and, in doing so, we shall foster a sense of common European identity.
AD HOC Goals
- Digitalization of the cultural heritage in formats accessible to all and hence enabling on-line and distance learning as well as long life learning.
- Foster quality improvements and excellence in innovation at the high education institution level through enhanced transnational cooperation between education and training providers and other stakeholders.
- Promoting the cultural heritage and its values among persons with disabilities and improve their level of key competences and skills, in particular with relevance to the labor market and their contribution to a cohesive society.
- Creating innovative ways for sharing effective methods in learning and recognizing culture and history for people with fewer opportunities (visual problems, hearing problems and intellectual problems), addressing the opportunities and implications of digitalization;
- Foster the inclusion of people with fewer opportunities;
- Fostering equality in learning culture and history and foster the inclusion of people with fewer opportunities;
- Fostering social and educational value of European cultural heritage, its contribution to job creation, economic growth and social cohesion;
- Promote and strengthen knowledge and acceptance of diversity in society.
The following intellectual outputs have been envisioned within the frames of this project:
IO1 – Field and desk-top research to define least accessible archaeological and cultural heritage
A field and desk-top research will be conducted in the coordinator’s and partner countries with the purpose to define which aspects of the archaeological cultural heritage can be digitalized and made accessible to the wider population including persons with disabilities. Each of the participant countries will conduct this research within their settings and define which aspects are least accessible. Within this intellectual output the parameters for digitalization of certain types of cultural archaeological heritage will be set.
IO2 – Digitalization of archaeological cultural heritage
The research conducted in IO1 will generate content ready and prepared for digitalization. This selected content from the coordinator country and the partner countries will be digitalized. A special platform (web-site??) will be created and filled with archaeological cultural content from all the countries.
IO3 – Accessibility of the digitalized archaeological cultural heritage
Adaptation of the digitalized archaeological and cultural heritage content for students with disabilities: vision and hearing impairments and intellectual disabilities. Making archaeology and cultural heritage more accessible to marginalized groups has been a major trend in countries with a long archaeological tradition.
IO4 – Creation of on-line courses for archaeological cultural heritage for the wider public including persons with disabilities
The Department of Archaeology from the coordinator and partner countries will create on-line courses using the Accessible Learning Management System created within the FAST project (Erasmus+ 2018-2021).
All of these materials (tools) will be available all over Europe and shared on the Internet platforms for didactic materials (EPALE, School gateway, e-twinning etc.).