Exploring the technology experiences of disabled learners in higher education: challenges for the use and development of participatory research methods


Seale, J., Wald, M. and Draffan, E.A. (2008) Exploring the technology experiences of disabled learners in higher education: challenges for the use and development of participatory research methods. Journal of Assistive Technology, 2, (3), 4-15. (Submitted).

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There is a need for more in-depth exploration of the e-learning experiences of disabled learners in higher education, taking
into account the complex relationship between learners (skills, knowledge and beliefs), their assistive technologies and the
e-learning contexts in which learners are required to operate. Participatory methods appear to have great potential in
enabling the voice of disabled learners to be a more central focus of e-learning studies. This paper will describe and
evaluate a two-year research project called LExDis, which aims to use participatory methods to explore the e-learning
experiences of disabled learners in one higher education institution. The experience of conducting phase one of the LExDis project will be discussed with regards to three main challenges to using participatory methods: informed participation;
valued participation; and empowered participation.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1754-9450 (print)
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Keywords: e-learning, assistive technology, higher education, participatory research
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 63202
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:44
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63202

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