Friday, July 17, 2009

Exploring Research for Literature Review

Dear Classmates,

Assistive technology is creating new opportunities for students with learning challenges. In my own world I have been trying to push assistive technology to be used in a fluid manner. Right now it is disjointed and inconsistent. An analogy would be having a student go to the learning lab to use their prescription glasses instead of having their glasses everywhere...frustrating and isolating.

The question I have is " What is happening in secondary education with incorporating assistive technology to support challenged learners."

I would welcome your input since I have cobwebs in my brain about framing appropriate research proposals. Thank you for your help.


  1. Evelyn,

    This is one of my colleagues who has done some groundbreaking work in Assited Learning with Autism and Asberger's.

    He would be very happy to collaborate with you.
    I contacted him already on your behalf.

    Mitchel Townsend

  2. What is happening ("happening" - other people, type, new technology)

    What is working well or not working well?


  3. Are you looking for barriers/challenges and supports that foster learning for all students?

  4. Another Colleague,

    Andrew Kitchenham, Associate Professor (tenured)

    BEd MEd (Victoria) PhD (CCWU) PhD (JCU)
    Office: TAL Building room 4036
    Phone: 250-960-6707

    Dr. Andrew Kitchenham's research interests include educational technology, e-learning, adult education, teaching and learning, transformative learning, special needs, second language acquisition, reading, and gender differences. He has taught at eight universities in undergraduate and graduate programs and over sixty courses.

    Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Kitchenham for receiving one of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Awards at the May 2009 Convocation.

    This award recognizes excellence in teaching and initial nominations come from students.

    I interviewed him last year.


    Mitchel Townsend

  5. Have you looking into Universal Design for Learning? Kathy Howery teaches an informative on-line master level course on this topic for the U of C that I would recommend.

  6. Have you read any of David Rose's work? He talks about reframing the issue of students with learning disabilities so that instead of insisting the student be 'cured' we look at removing/limiting barriers to their learning.

  7. Are you interested in measuring whether coded students LIKE learning more and are more SUCCESSFUL when they are adequately supported with technology?

  8. This might help your with merging UDL and ATL in your paper:

    Rose, D., Hasselbring, T. S. et al. (2005). Assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning: two sides of the same coin. In D. Edyburn et al (Eds). Handbook of special education technology research and practice. Whitefish Bay, WI: Knowledge by Design: 549-569.