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ERIC Number: ED501898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-6
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Culturally Accessible E-Learning Materials for International Special Educators
Silla, Vanessa; Hobbs, Tim
Online Submission, Paper presented at Annual International Conference on Learning (15th, Chicago, IL, Jun 6, 2008)
Children with disabilities in many countries are engaged in a historic move from exclusion to inclusion in schools and communities. In North America, Europe and other advantaged regions, this is supported by cultural consensus, legal mandate and enriched resources; and teachers routinely receive advanced training to support inclusive outcomes. This is not typical in other, less advantaged, regions where teachers struggle to educate all students, including those with disabilities. They achieve much on behalf of their students despite serious cultural and technical challenges. They often do so without specialized training common in more advantaged settings. For these teachers, e-learning offers an opportunity to acquire critical information and skills that are otherwise unavailable. The purpose of this presentation is to report on research in progress regarding: (1) Identifying common cultural and technical challenges to e-learning experienced by educators in less advantaged regions and countries; (2) Identifying information critical to e-support for international teachers engaged in educating and including children with disabilities; and (3) Incorporating this information into prototype, e-leaning modules that minimize challenges and maximize access to information for teachers of children with disabilities in regions where comparable training is limited.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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