iPEPAS is aimed at physical education, physical activity and sport (PEPAS) training and education providers willing to embed inclusion within their PEPAS programmes, both in-service and pre-service.
Practitioners may also engage with the online content however, we highly recommend that the entire blended learning module (e-learning, tutorials and practicum) is completed through an appointed training and education provider so that all competencies are developed.
Some examples of PEPAS professions include but are not limited to:
We have developed a suite of content available for iPEPAS training providers to be tailored to local, regional, socio-cultural, and practitioner context. This content takes a blended learning, flipped classroom approach to maximise contact time. Learners are required to engage with online content before attending online or face-to-face tutorials and face-to-face practicum sessions for supported experiential learning. Practicum sessions will first involve peer-to-peer facilitation, building to facilitating inclusive practical sessions with a group of local participants with, and where possible and appropriate without, disabilities. See ‘Blended Learning Approach’ image.
iPEPAS is built in line with the Bologna Process and European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to enable effective adoption by relevant training and education providers. The resources include a sample template for national awarding body approval to facilitate this process. Adopters of the module can convert the module ECTS to national academic hours, professional context and language, where necessary, and present to their institutional awarding body for accreditation.
We have designed the iPEPAS module so that it can be adopted by training and education providers. Two implementation formats have been designed to enable adopters (training and education staff) of the module to first complete the module themselves, and second, meet the needs and context of their learners whether they are full time students or in-service professionals.
Completing the iPEPAS module takes between 9 and 12 weeks, depending on which format is used or adopted. In this timeframe learners will be guided to apply the content to one specific sport or activity (elective). Additional electives may also be completed however, this will extend the timeline accordingly.
The “compact” format is ideal for working professionals (e.g. adopters and in-service professionals) and can be completed in as little as 9 weeks. The e-learning content is covered via 2-3 hours of learners’ engagement for 8 weeks, followed by 1 week of onsite experiential learning practicum.
The “semester” format is designed to take 12 weeks to complete. All blended learning methodologies are evenly distributed across this timeline. This format was especially designed to be embedded within semesterised higher education programmes.
It depends. Anyone can complete the e-learning units free of charge as the iPEPAS online resources are an open educational resource and carry a creative commons license (CC-BY). However, full completion of the module involves blended learning via innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) and onsite experiential learning to build true capacity to practice inclusively.
At this stage of the project we are seeking training and education providers in the fields of physical education, physical activity and sport (PEPAS) to complete the module and embed inclusion within their curricula, with view to becoming a national or regional lead and advocate for inclusion in and through PEPAS. The UNESCO Chair endeavours to support training and education providers in this process in a cost-effective way. iPEPAS is a not-for-profit resource however there are costs associated with implementation and adoption. Any travel, accommodation and other necessary expenses will need to be covered by the training and education provider or via a funding scheme. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.
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