Status of using assistive technology in learning of the disabled students at the Omani Sultan Qaboos University

Wajeha Al-Ani, Ali S. Al-Musawi, Wedad Al-Hashmi, Balkees Al Saddi

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Abstract

This study is conducted to explore students with disabilities use of Assistive Technology in learning at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman. To achieve this objective, a descriptive approach was followed by developing a questionnaire that includes five domains: learning achievement, learning motivation, sharing and communication, critical thinking, and self-esteem.
The questionnaire was tested to ensure its validity and reliability, and was applied to a study sample of 60 students (27 males, and 33 females), representing 83% of the total population. The findings show that students perceive Assistive Technology positively, as it develops their abilities to search for information, provides them with more opportunities to collaborate and share ideas and information with their peers, motivates them to learn, and allows them to develop their senses of questioning and investigating using more creativity and problem-solving skills. In light of these findings, the study suggests some recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1606-1619
JournalInternational Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education (IJTIE)
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Assistive Technology; students with Disabilities; Sultan Qaboos University

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