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ERIC Number: EJ801107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1065-0741
Virtual Learning Environments: Enhancing the Learning Experience for Students with Disabilities
Gerrard, Catherine
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v24 n3 p199-206 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the need for accessible learning within the online environment by investigating disabled students' levels of engagement with a virtual learning environment (VLE) and the extent to which lecturers' use of the VLE made learning accessible. Design/methodology/approach: A small focus group of undergraduate students with various disabilities was used to create a case study approach. Findings: The paper presents key issues related to the pedagogical, practical and strategic use of a VLE, based on the perspectives of disabled students and raises many disability issues for teaching staff who are attempting to get to grips with the idea of bringing a VLE into their everyday teaching to complement their face-to-face teaching sessions. It offers a considered approach to the use of a VLE in meeting the requirements of the UK disability legislation and in responding to the needs of disabled students. Originality/value: Based on the perspectives of students, the paper offers a first-hand insight into the pedagogical issues surrounding e-learning and students with disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act