Towards another kind of borderlessness: online students with disabilities

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Kotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Green, P., Hutchinson, L., Shaw, Paula and Bowskill, N. 2019. Towards another kind of borderlessness: online students with disabilities. Distance Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2019.1600369
AuthorsKotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Green, P., Hutchinson, L., Shaw, Paula and Bowskill, N.
Abstract

Online 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.

Keywordsonline learning; disabilities; sense of control; personal touch; social learning
Year2019
JournalDistance Education
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0158-7919
1475-0198
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2019.1600369
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623670
hdl:10545/623670
Publication dates09 Apr 2019
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Deposited11 Apr 2019, 13:23
Accepted25 Mar 2019
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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