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  1. College and University Students with Disabilities Speak Out on Their eLearning Experiences Jennison V. Asuncion Catherine S. Fichten Joan Wolforth Presentation at the NEADS National Conference, Ottawa, November, 2006

  2. Presentation Outline • eLearning study background • Research method • Findings from the student survey • Conclusions • Next steps • More information

  3. Research Team Partner organizations Adaptech Research Network Can. Ass. of Disability Service Providers in Postsecondary Ed. NEADS Disability and Information Technology (Dis-It) Research Alliance Team members Students Disability service providers Disability activists Professors eLearning specialists

  4. eLearning Study Definitions • eLearning • Range of ICTs that professors use when teaching in the classroom, online, or a combination • E.g., PowerPoint, online tests, CD-ROMs, WebCT • Accessibility • Ability of learners, regardless of their disability, to easily and independently use eLearning • For some learners this may require adaptive technology

  5. eLearning Study Background • Sample research questions • How accessible are different types of eLearning to students with various disabilities? • What accommodations are presently being made for students with disabilities? • Are there differences between English and French speaking institutions? • What are the barriers? • What are good solutions?

  6. Research Method • 22 key informant interviews with 5 groups • Students with disabilities • Campus-based disability service providers • Faculty • eLearning specialists on campus • Postsecondary ePublishing vendors • Web based survey for 4 of 5 groups above • No ePublishing vendors • Recruitment: partners, email discussion lists, phone

  7. Research Method • Web based survey • 406 participants from colleges and universities • All ten provinces and NWT • 245 students • 77 campus-based disability service providers • 39 professors • 45 eLearning specialists

  8. Findings: Students • Demographics • n=245: 2/3 females, 1/3 males • Mean age = 27 yr (range: 19-59) • 38% college, 60% university, 2% other • Every province except PEI and Territories

  9. Findings: Students • Students’ disabilities/impairments • 240 students indicated 404 impairments • 44% indicated more than one disability

  10. Findings: Students • 5 most accessible eLearning types in rank order • Email • Course-related files in Word, PowerPoint etc. • WebCT, BlackBoard, FirstClass, etc. • Course web pages • In-class presentations using PowerPoint

  11. Findings: Students • 5 most inaccessible types of eLearning in rank order • Videoconferencing • Live online voice-based chat (speaking and listening) • Audio clips / files (e.g., recorded class lectures) • Online content that uses Flash and • CD-ROM tutorials used in class or computer labs

  12. Findings: Students

  13. Findings: Students

  14. Findings: Students Benefits of using eLearning

  15. Findings: Students Problems encountered using eLearning

  16. Findings: Students Solutions to eLearning problems

  17. Conclusions • eLearning has many benefits for students • Many popular forms of eLearning are accessible • Experience varies by disability/impairment • Most problems are unresolved • 67% of students reported at least 1 unresolved problem! • Next steps • Complete data analyses • Disseminate findings • Make recommendations

  18. More Information Adaptech www.adaptech.org Jennison Asuncion: asuncion@alcor.concordia.ca Catherine Fichten: catherine.fichten@mcgill.ca