Cognitive-Adaptive Instructional Systems for Special Needs Learners

Cognitive-Adaptive Instructional Systems for Special Needs Learners

Diamond (William Paterson University, USA), Diamond (William Paterson University, USA), Bruce J. (Kent State University, USA) and Bruce J. (Kent State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-723-2.ch013
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Abstract

This chapter provides a perspective on the problems, challenges, and unique opportunities faced by instructors and designers of information technology in helping students who are differently-abled learn more effectively in online environments. The proposed solution is provided in the form of a cognitive-adaptive instructional system. This system provides menu-driven adaptive options or online assessments that evaluate a student’s cognitive and sensory needs. These needs are translated into cognitive-sensory profiles which are in turn linked to compensatory and remedial actions. These actions render content automatically and dynamically in ways that provide adaptations that compensate for a student’s special needs while complementing their strengths.

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