VISCON 2021: ‘Learning to Access’ Lessons from learning in COVID-19 times

Cain, Melissa and Fanshawe, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7399-7663 and Goodwin, Polly (2021) VISCON 2021: ‘Learning to Access’ Lessons from learning in COVID-19 times. In: Vision Impairment Conference (VISCON 2021), 19 Aug - 20 Aug 2021, Virtual conference.


Abstract

On 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation characterised the COVID-19 virus spread as a pandemic. Teachers working with students with a vision impairment (VI) across all sectors were required to significantly reconfigure their teaching practices at very short notice to suit school closures and other restrictions. This presentation shares the results of qualitative research with teachers of students with VI in Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific countries. The research aimed to assess the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions for students who were not able to access the physical school environment, with a particular focus on equity of access for students who did not have internet or computers in the home environment. The survey and interview questions were designed to investigate the challenges teachers encountered making sudden changes to delivery, and issues associated with social distancing in school settings when students returned. Through this research the presenters have collated practices, innovations, and resources to inform the work of teachers and communities of practice should further COVID-19 restrictions, medical emergencies, or natural disasters occur.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 01:07
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 13:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: blindness and low vision, Covid 19, access to learning
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390407 Inclusive education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390411 Special education and disability
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160201 Equity and access to education
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URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48645

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