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Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) & Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND)
The Internet of Things: Implications for Students with Disabilities
31 May 2018, 1.00pm-2.00pm (AEST)
Online

Cost: Free.

Leanne McRae, Katie Ellis and Mike Kent (Curtin University) will present on their recently released project report "The Internet of Things: Implications for Students with Disabilities". The report, published through the NCSEHE, provides an insight into both the potential risks and benefits of the IoT for tertiary students with disabilities, particularly in the current university climate where this cohort utilise mobile devices as a key resource in their learning.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is often described with much excitement as the next evolution in Internet technology where machines become increasingly autonomous and talk to each other without the intervention of humans. For education, there is the potential to improve access, tailoring and delivery of materials to students as well as managing administration (attendance, for example), and assessment. These possibilities are particularly exciting for students with disabilities who may encounter a number of environment as well as interpersonal barriers to accessing education.

The report (published through the NCSEHE) aims to provide insight into both the potential risks and benefits of the IoT for tertiary students with disabilities, particularly in the current university climate where this cohort utilise mobile devices as a key resource in their learning. Key objectives included to:

  • Assess the educational benefits of current and emerging IoT products;
  • Assess the benefits and risks of IoT within a single-interface, app-based interface and whole-of-ecosystem IoT classroom solution by competing providers;
  • Determine the relevance and implications of IoT as it relates to the educational needs of people with disabilities;
  • Undertake interviews with currently enrolled students with disabilities to identify the practical needs of this cohort in an educational context; and 
  • Provide recommendations and strategic guidance on appropriate IoT solutions with policy recommendations for Curtin University, the tertiary education sector and industry.

The webinar will be live captioned and recorded. The captioned video will then be made available on ADCET.

Audience: This webinar will be of interest to educators, disability support workers and students with disability.

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