SMILE aims to promote inclusive learning by developing, testing and implementing innovative tools that improve the way higher education institutions deal with diversity and social inclusion. The project intends to harvesting the expertise of civil society organisations and individuals and include their experiences in the SMILE tools.
The project will promote inclusive education and training and reinforce diversity among students and higher education staff. The SMILE project focus on 3 main pillars, which refer to diverse axes of inequality:
- Migrant background
- Women in leadership
- Socio-economic status
SMILE will develop supporting tools for an inter-cultural, diverse and inclusive approach to teaching and learning. Supporting tools will target university staff (both teaching and administrative staff) and will be designed in partnership with relevant partners at local level, community groups and representatives of the ultimate beneficiaries. The tools will consist in 3 comprehensive and fully developed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses (1 for each pillar) targeted at higher education staff (both academic and non-academic staff) focusing on best practice in curriculum, inclusive teaching and learning in practice, available tools, technologies and materials, and in various forms of institutional support arrangements.