Assistive tech tools can help ensure curriculum impacts all students

educationdive. | February 27, 2019

Educators may be hesitant to bring assistive technology into classrooms because of confusion on how the tools will be used, but it is key to helping all students across a range of abilities reach their full potential, Jennifer Sullivan, an adjunct instructor who has spent 16 years in both K-12 and higher ed, writes for Edutopia.Some teachers may think of these tools as cheating, but they are no more assistive than glasses, filling a need for many students. Others may also believe assistive tech is expensive, but some tools, like guided reading strips, can be extremely affordable.For educators who see these tools as adding more work to their plates, Sullivan points out that many options, like video captioning, are simply added with a click of a button — and can also be used by students with learning disabilities as well as those facing physical challenges. Finally, they should note assistive tech can be used at home as well as in school, and that using it first in the classroom may also help students incorporate it elsewhere in their lives.

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E-learning courses need to be learner-centric to ensure they engage the learner. There are many ways to do this. First, learning designers need to understand training requirements and the knowledge gaps in learners.Setting the right learning objectives is crucial because this will help learners know what they can expect from the course. This helps learning designers design assessments based on these objectives. To make the course appealing to learners, instructional designers will have to pay attention to the learner profile and the learning objectives to decide on the right instructional strategies and select the media elements for the course.

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E-learning courses need to be learner-centric to ensure they engage the learner. There are many ways to do this. First, learning designers need to understand training requirements and the knowledge gaps in learners.Setting the right learning objectives is crucial because this will help learners know what they can expect from the course. This helps learning designers design assessments based on these objectives. To make the course appealing to learners, instructional designers will have to pay attention to the learner profile and the learning objectives to decide on the right instructional strategies and select the media elements for the course.

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