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Assistive technologies as an ODeL strategy in promoting support for students with disabilities

Show simple item record Ditlhale, Tumelo Warren Gobusamang Johnson, Lineo Rose 2022-11-17T10:16:22Z 2022-11-17T10:16:22Z 2022
dc.identifier.citation Ditlhale, Tumelo W. and Johnson, Lineo R. ‘Assistive Technologies as an ODeL Strategy in Promoting Support for Students with Disabilities’. 1 Jan. 2022 : 1 – 11. en
dc.identifier.issn 1878-643X
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Students studying in the higher education system face multiple challenges, such as meeting the minimum requirements for enrolling in a programme, securing tuition fees and adapting to new teaching and learning styles, whilst also coping with minimal support. The challenges are more profound for students with disabilities (SWDs) who must progress and emerge triumphantly as graduates, despite their unique and special needs. OBJECTIVE: By relating the personal experiences of SWDs, this article examines the different types of support they need as they commence their studies in higher education institutions, as well as throughout their journeys. METHODS: The study adopted a qualitative multiple case study research design in which the approaches of public and private high schools in handling SWDs were compared with the experiences of SWDs at a higher education open distance e-learning institution. RESULTS: The findings revealed that the use and availability of assistive technology devices were more pronounced at the school level than at the ODeL institution. The SWDs expressed their frustrations and reported more struggles with their studies at the ODeL institution than they had experienced at school level. CONCLUSION: The SWDs in the study provided some potential improvements that could be implemented by ODeL institutions in addressing their needs and in providing support, whilst also emulating the best practices implemented at high school level. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Technology and Disability en
dc.subject Technology en
dc.subject Social Science en
dc.subject Students-with-disabilities (SWDs) en
dc.subject technology assistive devices en
dc.subject high school support en
dc.subject open distance e-learning en
dc.subject special learning needs en
dc.title Assistive technologies as an ODeL strategy in promoting support for students with disabilities en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Adult Basic Education (ABET) en

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