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Exploring the Use of Massive Open Online Courses for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability

Rodrigo Laiola GuimarĂ£es and Andrea Britto Mattos

The 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Posters and Demos (ASSETS 2015)
Lisbon, Portugal, October 26-28, 2015


In this paper, we report on a qualitative study that investigates the impact of using a popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to complement the vocational training of students with intellectual disability (ID). We have been investigating this problem for several months in partnership with a Brazilian NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) for people with ID. Our methodology integrates different aspects of human-computer interaction (i.e., requirement gathering sessions and observation of real subjects). Potential users have been involved since the beginning, starting with focus groups and interviews with experts, leading up to the observation of a traditional vocational training session, and then the assessment of a popular MOOC in classroom. In this paper, we discuss the process and present our preliminary results, providing some indications on how MOOCs could better support instructors and students with ID.

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