In today’s complex and dynamic classroom environment, educators are faced with providing meaningfully learning environments that include students with diverse needs. With the help of assistive technology, students of all abilities can successfully participate, communicate and learn with their peers in the classroom. Over the past three decades, assistive technology has evolved from being only situation-specific devices or adaptations, to more general software and hardware solutions which can support students along a continuum of ability. This course is designed to provide participants with an overview of the field of assistive technology, an understanding of how to implement any technology solution successfully, and experience considering specific technologies when creating technology-enhanced units and lessons.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will:
- have a general understanding of the field of assistive technology and be able to describe technologies that support participation, communication and learning in the classroom
- be able to describe the process for successful assistive technology implementation and the conditions that foster or challenge effective implementation
- have a general understanding of how to match assistive technology features to student need and how to use those features to support participation, communication and learning in the classroom
- be able to describe how to adjust unit and lesson plans to include assistive technology solutions that support students’ individual education plans
- understand how assistive technology can be used to support current teaching and learning trends (e.g. Universal Design for Learning)
- understand how to use a variety of online resources and training opportunities to expand and support their assistive technology knowledge and skills
As this course is an overview of assistive technology, you do not require prior experience or knowledge of the field to successfully complete the course. However, since this course is presented online, you will require the following:
- general computer competency including file management, use of the internet and email (if necessary contact the instructor)
- access to current computer and internet technology including a computer with an up-to-date operating system and internet browser
- reliable high speed internet connection which will allow access to the various presentations, videos and demonstrations.
This course can be started and completed on your own schedule at any time of the year! As this is delivered as distance education, you can set your own timetable for completion of the various modules and activities. During the first module, you will be able to complete a course plan to help you organize and schedule your work.
Each module contains a number of different activities that will reinforce and extend your understanding of the various concepts presented. The activities can be completed using the module handouts.
The course is supported by the Implementation Support Team. You can access the team at any time through email (firstname.lastname@example.org).