ERIC Number: ED331259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan-4
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Home Computers by Disabled Students at the Open University. Part 1: Previous Use of Computers in Courses. CITE Report No. 30.
Edwards, A. D. N.
The monograph reports on two surveys conducted by the Open University (United Kingdom) to evaluate the likely consequences of the university's new home computing policy (which requires access to a microcomputer for certain courses) on students with disabilities. A telephone survey was taken of 23 disabled students, and questionnaires were completed by 16 disabled students. Results are reported in terms of student course selection, problems with computing courses, equipment reliability, financing a home computer, documentation and training, and special equipment. Major conclusions included the following: it is imperative that alternatives be made available to students who cannot afford to buy a computer; for many disadvantaged students, the home computing policy will improve their educational opportunities; disabled students will generally experience the same problems as other students under the home computing policy; there is a small number of disabled students whose disabilities make access to computers very difficult and who may be penalized by the home computing policy. Appended are a summary of the home computing policy and the questionnaire used in the survey. (Four references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers; Administrators
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.