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Applied or denied? The eLearning experience of an autistic, mature-aged university student


Downing, J, Applied or denied? The eLearning experience of an autistic, mature-aged university student, International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education, 3, (2) pp. 1-15. ISSN 2155-6903 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/ijcee.2014040101


As universities expand so too does the diversity of students. Widening participation requires higher education providers to be responsive to the needs of all students by ensuring an accessible and engaging learning environment. Today’s cohort includes an increased number of students with autism, a spectrum condition that has the potential to be either beneficial or detrimental to their success in higher education. This article reports on a mature-age student with autism who publicly announced his struggle with the eLearning environment, somewhat ironically, in the asynchronous discussion board. While eLearning offers designers and teaching staff an opportunity to adopt an applied and collaborative approach to the learning environment, for this student it created a challenging landscape dominated by steep mountains and roadblocks. What the student revealed has implications for course designers, teaching staff, and university administrators as they undertake to provide an eLearning environment that is suitable for all students, including those with autism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teacher education, inclusive education, online learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Downing, J (Dr Jillian Downing)
ID Code:102276
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-08-10
Last Modified:2015-11-06

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