Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki (Landmark College) will speak on “Teaching Students with Disabilities Online: Language-Based Challenges and Cognitive Access” in the next cognitive brown bag, Wednesday, March 28 in Tobin 521B from 12-1:20. The abstract is below.
Many students with Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) struggle in online learning environments. Online courses tend to place high demands on their language processing and executive function skills. In this NSF funded study (DRL-1420198), we look at some of the barriers facing students with disabilities learning statistics concepts through online discussions. We report on the impact of a Social Presence manipulation on their performance and some of the language-based difficulties involved in assessing their knowledge.