Applies accessible technology to facilitate learning and ensure access to educational materials including remote resources.
A primary focus of the research in Applied Computing is concerned with access to resources for use by students with disabilities and for those for which resources are generally unavailable.
For disabled students, aspects such as accessibility of Web-based virtual learning environments and user profiles for access to reuseable learning objects are being studied. For students in remote locations, equipment such as an electron microscope and studio digital signal processing are being made available for access via the Internet. Classrooms and field sites are linked to provide live interaction between students and remote experts outside the classroom.
Another primary area of research is facilitating the collaboration and dialogue between learners. Reflective thinking and media literacy are explored through storytelling involving students from different backgrounds in Canada, Scotland, and Colombia. The goals of this research is to develop new tools and technologies (open source) adaptable to local situations and cultural contexts, along with recommendations for new curricula in media literacy.
Research projects related to this theme: Pst! - The PhonicStick Technology Transfer Project