Inclusive, adaptive design for students with severe learning disabilities

Matt Harrison, Claire Stockton, Elaine Pearson

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Abstract

Young adults with severe disabilities and learning difficulties (SLD) have very limited access to appropriate learning resources. Their unique individual needs and requirements prevent them from accessing traditional methods of online learning, and resources tend not to be age appropriate. The majority of SLD learners has difficulty accessing a computer with standard peripherals such as a mouse and relies on assistive technologies (e.g. switches) to do so. Each learner tends to have specific needs that must be addressed in order to provide an accessible and adaptive platform for learning. The aim of this research project was, with the assistance and support of the learners and their tutors, to design and develop an adaptable and inclusive online learning environment specifically catering for the needs of young adults with SLD. Each stage of development was prototyped and assessed in the college environment to ensure the needs of the learners were thoroughly addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008
Pages1023-1027
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2008
Event8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies - Santander, Spain
Duration: 1 Jul 20085 Jul 2008

Conference

Conference8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
Abbreviated titleICALT 2008
CountrySpain
CitySantander
Period1/07/085/07/08

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    Harrison, M., Stockton, C., & Pearson, E. (2008). Inclusive, adaptive design for students with severe learning disabilities. In Proceedings - The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008 (pp. 1023-1027). [4561900] https://doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2008.34