Is technology enabling or disabling for diverse learners studying online

Kinash, Shelley and Birt, James and Judd, Madelaine-Marie (2019) Is technology enabling or disabling for diverse learners studying online. In: Handbook of distance education, 4th ed. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, United States, pp. 295-310. ISBN 978-1-138-23899-2

Abstract

Two ways in which 21st century higher education is substantially different are in the prevalence of online learning and increased student diversity, including students with disabling conditions. This chapter poses the question - Have online technologies levelled the playing field for students with disabling conditions or has the growing complexity of technology meant that more students have been shutout of education? This chapter argues that there are both metaphorical snakes and ladders at the intersection of technology and disability in the context of higher education. In other words, there are current forces that propel students with disabling conditions forward and there are slippery slopes that see students falling downwards and sometimes right out of the education system. The main contribution of this chapter to the literature is a Framework of Enabling and Disabling Effects of Technology for Diverse Learners Studying Online.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 1 September 2020 (18 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 02:05
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 07:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; online learning; online technology; student diversity; disabled students
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35532

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