VISTE User Needs Analysis Workshops, Athens, 25 & 31 January 2017 and Cluj-Napoca, 25 & 27 January 2017

VISTE User Needs Analysis Workshops
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

VISTE user needs analysis workshops were realized in Athens, Greece and Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The aim of the workshops was to provide input for the VISTE inclusive educational framework for spatial thinking of students with visual impairment.

The Athens workshop was organized by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the Special Elementary School for the Blind in Athens (SESBA). It was held at the NTUA School of Rural and Surveying Engineering on 25 & 31 January 2017. Participants included thirteen (13) educators of VI students, almost all of them teachers at SESBA, in addition to project team members from NTUA and Intrasoft SA.

The Cluj-Napoca workshop was organized by VISTE partners Casa Corpului Didactic Cluj (CCDC) and Liceul Special pentru Deficienți de Vedere (LSDV). It was held at the LSDV premises in Cluj-Napoca on 25 & 27 January 2017. Thirty-seven (37) LSDV teachers participated, in addition to project team members from CCDC.

The workshops included presentations, work in small groups and on-line completion of a user needs analysis questionnaire. VISTE project team members gave slide show presentations of the project, spatial thinking, the GEOTHNK platform and the State-of-the-Art report elaborated in VISTE. Educators of students with VI were then asked to work in small groups. They identified and elaborated on spatial thinking concepts useful and/or mandatory for students with VI and proposed methods/educational scenarios to introduce spatial concepts to VI students. Finally, they responded to the user needs analysis questionnaire developed for this project.

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Photographs from the User Needs Analysis Workshop held at the National Technical University of Athens and at Liceul Special pentru Deficienți de Vedere