Design of a Virtual Learning Environment for Students with Special Needs

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dc.contributor.author Maguire, Martin
dc.contributor.author Elton, Edward
dc.contributor.author Osman, Zaheer
dc.contributor.author Nicolle, Colette
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-02T11:05:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-02T11:05:09Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Maguire, M., Elton, E., Osman, Z. & Nicolle, C. (2006). Design of a Virtual Learning Environment for Students with Special Needs. Human Technology, Volume 2 (1), pp. 119-153. URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2006162. Retrieved from http://www.humantechnology.jyu.fi
dc.identifier.issn 1795-6889
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/20192
dc.description.abstract The European Social Fund-supported Portland Partnership project developed a computer-based virtual learning environment (VLE) to benefit students with cognitive and physical disabilities. This system provided students with access to a suite of software programs to teach them basic/essential skills needed for everyday life and to use information and communications technology (ICT). The VLE can be customized to meet individual students’ needs by selecting an input device, adjusting its setting, or choosing a symbol set to support on-screen text. The learning programs within the VLE required careful design to make them stimulating and beneficial to students who have diverse health conditions and disabilities. The VLE and learning programs were evaluated within four partner Colleges of Further Education. Observations showed that students enjoyed the learning tools and the tutor comments indicated that students also benefited from them. A series of guidelines were identified for the design of future VLEs and learning software for students with special needs. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Jyväskylä, Agora Center
dc.relation.ispartofseries Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
dc.relation.uri http://www.humantechnology.jyu.fi
dc.rights © 2006 M. Maguire, E. Elton, Z. Osman, & C. Nicolle, and the Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä
dc.subject.other virtual learning environment en
dc.subject.other learning programs en
dc.subject.other special needs en
dc.subject.other physical and cognitive disabilities en
dc.subject.other human-computer interaction en
dc.title Design of a Virtual Learning Environment for Students with Special Needs
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2006162

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