Creating Opportunities and Barriers in Distance Learning Courses

Creating Opportunities and Barriers in Distance Learning Courses

Sheryl Burgstahler (University of Washington, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-555-9.ch069
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Abstract

nternet-based distance learning courses have the potential to make learning opportunities available to anyone. People in rural areas, from poor communities, and who have disabilities are among those underrepresented in the group of people who benefit from new technological developments.This potential cannot be realized, however, unless everyone can truly access course offerings. The rapid development of assistive technology makes it possible for almost anyone to operate a computer (2003 Closing the Gap, 2003). Yet many individuals with disabilities do not have access to these empowering tools (Kay, 2000).

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