The Research Hub ‘Digital Literacy and Inclusion’, based at the Polytechnic Institute Santarém, was created on February 5th, 2020. This centre is an extension of the research unit, Centre for Research in Arts and Communication (Algarve), which received the classification of Very Good by the Foundation for Science and Technology.. 

Accordingly, the working group promoted by this nucleus in Santarém is responsible for the development and promotion of research mechanisms in the following areas: digital literacy and inclusion of disadvantaged people in the labour market, thereby responding to the societal challenges present in these areas of activity.The general objectives of the Research Centre: Digital Literacy and Inclusion are as follows:

-To enhance knowledge ensuing from Scientific and Technological Research in Digital Literacy and Inclusion of disadvantaged people in the labour market.

-To strengthen excellence in digital literacy as an effective strategy for labour market inclusion.

-To test the effectiveness of innovative resources and methodologies through empirical scenarios as a means to promote the employability of this target group.

-To prototype a holistic inclusion support model, targeted to people with disadvantages, that can be globally replicated (e.g. companies, HEI’s, NGO’s, etc.) with practices, resources, methods, linkages and correlations, in the digital literacy domain, towards successful and sustainable social and labour inclusion

MOOC: Entrepreneurship Training Course for Mentors and Pupils

This course will be developed in an Innovative and Enhanced way, using various multimedia content (text, images, audio and/or video) using the best practices of accessibility and usability (e.g. HTML5). By using a MOOC approach we’ll hope it ensures an easier way for students to access and use, but also increases the transferability of the contents. 

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The Starting Up – Accelerators of entrepreneurship 4 inclusion

The Starting Up – Accelerators of entrepreneurship 4 inclusion project is aimed at young people with intellectual and developmental difficulties (IDDs) with a degree of incapacity up to 60%, this group hasn’t had opportunities to continue studies or to enter the labour market.

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