Challenges with creating accessible and usable learning environments for visually impaired students' language education

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Abstract

Nowadays, more educational institutions in countries worldwide move towards inclusive education that ensures visually impaired students equal opportunities with their sighted peers 'for success in mastery of course material... without compromising the content, quality or level of instruction' (Optimizing, 2014, p.3) [1]; the Sultanate of Oman is no exception. This paper reports the findings of a study that sought to examine the specific challenges teachers in Oman face with creating accessible and usable learning environment for visually impaired students taking English language courses at tertiary education level. Data was collected during a one semester period at the Centre for Preparatory Studies at Sultan Qaboos University using face-to-face interviews with language teachers. The researchers looked into the teachers' views on challenging aspects related to technological and pedagogical support given to visually impaired students for them to meet learning outcomes and standards of competency in English, and successfully integrate into the mainstream English language programs. The study revealed that in-service targeted professional development aimed at teacher training in using assistive technologies and developing accessible teaching materials and curricula can have a significant positive impact on constructing effective language learning environment specific for visually impaired students and beneficial for facilitating their learning experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-2
Number of pages2
Volume2017-December
ISBN (Electronic)9781538644607
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 10 2018
Event6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017 - Muscat, Oman
Duration: Dec 19 2017Dec 21 2017

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Other6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017
CountryOman
CityMuscat
Period12/19/1712/21/17

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learning environment
Education
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English language
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language course
teaching materials
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educational institution
teacher training
Curricula
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Keywords

  • accessible and usable learning environment
  • Oman
  • Sultan Qaboos University
  • visually impaired students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Information Systems
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Al-Busaidi, S., & Tuzlukova, V. (2018). Challenges with creating accessible and usable learning environments for visually impaired students' language education. In 2017 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017 (Vol. 2017-December, pp. 1-2). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICTA.2017.8336010

Challenges with creating accessible and usable learning environments for visually impaired students' language education. / Al-Busaidi, Saleh; Tuzlukova, Victoria.

2017 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017. Vol. 2017-December Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2018. p. 1-2.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Al-Busaidi, S & Tuzlukova, V 2018, Challenges with creating accessible and usable learning environments for visually impaired students' language education. in 2017 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017. vol. 2017-December, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 1-2, 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017, Muscat, Oman, 12/19/17. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICTA.2017.8336010
Al-Busaidi S, Tuzlukova V. Challenges with creating accessible and usable learning environments for visually impaired students' language education. In 2017 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017. Vol. 2017-December. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2018. p. 1-2 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICTA.2017.8336010
Al-Busaidi, Saleh ; Tuzlukova, Victoria. / Challenges with creating accessible and usable learning environments for visually impaired students' language education. 2017 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessbility, ICTA 2017. Vol. 2017-December Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2018. pp. 1-2
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