ERIC Number: EJ1040701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
The Experiences of Students with Learning Disabilities in a Higher Education Virtual Campus
Hollins, Nancy; Foley, Alan R.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v61 n4 p607-624 Aug 2013
Institutions of higher education are increasingly asking students to use the online environment, or virtual campus, when carrying out business related to college life. In this paper, we report findings from a study conducted to learn more about the experiences of college students with learning disabilities as they interacted with this virtual campus. Sixteen college students with documented learning disabilities were observed and interviewed while completing eight tasks in a virtual campus environment. Tasks were chosen from those typically performed by college students and included such items as locating the email address of an instructor, locating a journal article in the library's online database, and identifying the textbook for a course on the bookstore webpage. Findings indicate that these participants were both successful and not successful in task completion within the virtual campus. Factors that impacted performance included features of the virtual campus and participants' implementation of cognitive and behavioral strategies.
Descriptors: Student Experience, Learning Disabilities, Higher Education, Virtual Classrooms, College Students, Interviews, Observation, Task Analysis, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Factors, Cognitive Style, Student Behavior, Online Systems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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