Towards another kind of borderlessness: online students with disabilities
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractOnline learning is crucial to success for higher education institutions. Whilst the existing literature predominantly focused on its economic advantages, we focused on its inclusivity. At an online learning unit of a UK university, the number of students with disabilities (SWD) is three times higher than the national average. Having a degree makes significant financial and psychological differences in the lives of SWD. Though recent literature focused on inclusivity of online learning, an appraisal of first-hand experience of SWD studying online is a missing perspective. Accordingly, we aimed to explore their experience, using thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews involving ten SWD. Three themes emerged: (1) having control over studies as an advantage of online learning, (2) personal touch helps SWD’s online learning, and (3) challenges SWD experience with the social element of online learning. Our findings will help to develop the inclusivity of online learning to a new level.
CitationKotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Green, P., Hutchinson, L., Shaw, P., and Bowskill, N. (2019). 'Towards another kind of borderlessness: Online students with disabilities'. Distance Education, pp. 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2019.1600369.
PublisherTaylor & Francis