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Project objective: to improve employment-related training opportunities for peoples with disabilities through the use of appropriate e-learning resources and technologies. . Inclusive e-Learning E-learning for Target Learner Groups (Learners with Disabilities) Mary Schooneveldt Project Manager.
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Project objective: to improve employment-related training opportunities for peoples with disabilities through the use of appropriate e-learning resources and technologies. Inclusive e-LearningE-learning for Target Learner Groups(Learners with Disabilities)Mary SchooneveldtProject Manager
The 2005 Project had three phases: Research Piloting e-learning Customising toolbox resources
sensory impairment, involving vision, hearing or speech physical or mobility impairment psychological or psychiatric impairment (or mental illness) disabilities that may result in multiple impairment, such as cerebral palsy or head injury cognitive or intellectual disability learning disabilities including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medical conditions and other disabilities. Diversity
Source: ANTA, June 2005, People with a disability in VET: a statistical compendium NCVER SA
Students with a disability had: a lower propensity to undertake AQF Cert. III and above (38%) cf. all VET students (46%) subject success rates lower than for all VET students (75% cf. 82%) a lower propensity to complete full AQF qualifications than all VET students (13% cf. 18%)
to inform e-learning practitioners – in particular the various communities of practice associated with the target learners to add to the knowledge base and demonstrate the use of e-learning for learners with disabilities to explore learning issues, motivation, context and appropriate technologies to gather a range of responses from those involved in the project in different ways and at different times Case Studies
What the project is about Opportunity to explore - teachers Enhancing learners computer & generic skills Access to existing facilities by groups that haven’t had them eg learners with disabilities Putting knowledge into practice Fun & portable – take the learning home Confidence People contact Enabling students who can’t attend to still participate Developing inclusive e-learning styles of teaching Another resource, another tool Themes
What aspects of this application of technology have not worked well? What aspects of this application of technology have worked well?
Teaching strategies Learning strategies Instructional sequence teachers need to consider before using technology in a lesson with this group
Technical Help Pedagogical Help Instructional Design Resource Development Specialist Communication & Collaboration Support & sustainability
I’ve never worked with anyone with any kind of disability so I feel like I’ve personally gained. I was a bit shaky at the start, but once you develop the relationship with the students and a different level of communication and a new approach to teaching, to me it’s a whole new experience With the new technology, the students are more into it than what they have been in previous years. The students have been a lot more interested. So many of our students are visual, creative learners. Having a range of strategies caters for that range of learning methods. There's a lot of spill over. It's not just what you guys are doing in TAFE. It's extended into your home and social lives. don’t underestimate people with disabilities I feel like we've just got the tip of the iceberg What critical thing have you learnt from this project?
Having a support teacher for the students was important Being creative with technology. Seeing someone on TV and saying, "Yep, I'm going to do that" Sophisticated and simple technology. The thing I was impressed with is that these technologies are day-to-day things, not just occasional things. More comments
Seven trial projects now completed. An amazing level of learner satisfaction with participation in the project E-Learning Benchmarks. Online survey of learner group utilising Framework Benchmarking tool to inform Project Performance Indicators % of learners satisfied with e-learning as an educational medium
2005 Showcase Wednesday 7th December 2005 & promotion of project purposes, activities & outcomes Online Group activities - http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=89 2006 More trial projects (learners with disabilities and youth) Mid February – call for expressions of Interest Disability Standards for Education (2005) & e-learning Reference Guide of available e-learning resources related to these groups Mary SchooneveldtProject Manager for the 2005 Framework’s E-learning for Target Learner Groups Project Tel: (03) 9661 8710 Email: email@example.com 2006 Inclusive e-Learning