DLO Digital Inclusion

Fifteen to twenty percent of students in the Netherlands have a need for support. Digital learning environments often poorly or inadequately meet their needs. How can we adapt these environments to provide this group with a better learning experience?


This project aims to enhance digital learning environments for neurodiverse and neurotypical students across two phases. Goals include identifying needs and crafting tools for curriculum developers, as an initial step towards universally inclusive teaching methods.


As a result of research activities, a range of need palettes has been developed for Phase 1's objective. These visuals, including personas and videos, facilitate discussions with curriculum developers to drive action toward more inclusive digital learning environments. The research resulted in several short movies that can be viewed below:

Video - Research into inclusion in Digital Learning Environments

Video - ADHD in Digital Learning Environments

Video - ASS in Digital Learning Environments

Video - Dyslexia in Digital Learning Environments


01 September 2022 - 01 September 2024


Through literature review, group sessions, interviews, and discussions involving HU students, expert researchers, and student counselors, obstacles in information delivery for 3 neurodiverse subgroups have been identified. These insights have been compiled as guidance for developers. A similar approach will be taken with curriculum developers.


By making professional products visible, tangible, and deployable, curriculum developers, web administrators, and teachers will be better equipped to work on digital learning environments that are socially just, educational, and inclusive.

HU researchers involved in the research

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Machil Deinum

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Organisations in Digital Transition