Track 13. Technology Supported Education for People with Disabilities (TeDISABLE@ICALT2017)

Track Program Chairs

Track Description and Topics of Interest

Technology-supported education offers a unique opportunity for equal access to learning applications and services for all learners of the knowledge society, including people with disabilities. Educational software offers a predictable and safe learning environment which can increase motivation and collaboration and can improve learning especially in 3D environments. The recent developments in multi-touch devices (tablets, smartphones, etc) create a new potential for educational applications which can benefit especially learners with disabilities. Interactive software, augmented reality and robotic technologies support new constructive learning practices. E-learning systems and learning (content) management systems offer open access to life-long learning content and services independent of time and location barriers. These services are increasingly accessible through mobile technologies and devices, offering new opportunities for learning experiences especially for people with disabilities. In general, the trend to embed ICT in everyday life (ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence) changes the very essence of accessibility, since disability is defined according to the capability of the learning environment to adapt to the requirements of each individual learner, including people with disabilities. At the same time, people with disabilities still face barriers in accessing and using educational services due to technical, organizational, social, and economical reasons.

Following the successful organization in ICALT 2015 and ICALT 2016, TeDISABLE@ICALT2017 aims to form a forum for presentation and discussion of new trends for overcoming the barriers and exploiting the full potential of technology supported education for people with disabilities.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • ICT and Inclusive education
  • Assistive technologies applications
  • E-learning systems for people with disabilities
  • 0 applications for people with disabilities
  • Open access to teaching and learning for people with disabilities
  • Learning technology standards and people with disabilities
  • Accessibility and usability of educational content and applications
  • Adaptive learning environments for people with disabilities
  • Virtual and augmented learning environments for people with disabilities
  • Mobile and cloud computing applications for people with disabilities
  • Robotics applications for people with disabilities
  • Pedagogical issues for technology-supported education for people with disabilities
  • Evaluation tools of accessibility of educational content and applications
  • Teachers’ training for technology-supported education for people with disabilities
  • Case studies of the use of ICT in the everyday educational practice

Track Program Committee

Jesus Boticario, Spanish National University for Distance Education, Spain

Rosa Carro, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

Ramzi Farhat, University of Tunis, Tunisia

Ramon Fabregat Gesa, Universitat de Girona, Spain

Daniel Guasch, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

José Hilera, University of Alcala, Spain

Monica Landoni, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Marina Papastergiou, University of Thessaly, Greece

Georgios Politis, University College Dublin, Ireland

Vera Roberts, OCAD University, Canada

João Sarraipa, Institute for the Development of New Technologies, Portugal

Asimina Vasalou, UCL, United Kingdom

Important Dates about ICALT 2017 can be found here.

The ICALT 2017 Author Guidelines can be found here.

The ICALT 2017 CfP can be found here.