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Assistive Technology Applied in an Inclusive MOOC for the Blind

Topics: Active Learning; Assessment and Accreditation of Courses and Institutions; Blended Learning; Course Design and E-Learning Curriculae; Distance Education; e-Learning Platforms, Portals; Massive Open Online Courses; Tools for Educational Communication and Collaboration; Tools to Assess Learning; Virtual Labs and Virtual Classrooms

Authors: Bertil Marques ; Paula Escudeiro ; Ana Barata ; Piedade Carvalho ; Ana de Sousa and Patrícia Queirós

Affiliation: Porto Superior Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Rua Doutor António Bernardino de Almeida, 431- 4200-072, Porto and Portugal

Keyword(s): Assistive Technology, Blind/Deaf Communications API, Inclusive Training, MOOC Pedagogical Model, QEF.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Active Learning ; Assessment and Accreditation of Courses and Institutions ; Blended Learning ; Computer-Supported Education ; Course Design and e-Learning Curriculae ; Distance Education ; e-Learning ; e-Learning Platforms ; Information Technologies Supporting Learning ; Learning/Teaching Methodologies and Assessment ; Pattern Recognition ; Simulation and Modeling ; Simulation Tools and Platforms ; Social Context and Learning Environments ; Theory and Methods ; Ubiquitous Learning ; Virtual Labs and Virtual Classrooms

Abstract: Considering the opportunity provided by Massive and Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to reach wide audiences, a new pedagogical model of the MOOC in Educational Technologies was implemented at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) aiming at maximizing the MOOCs’ potential to provide educational offers to both deaf and blind communities. These communities face several and distinctive communication barriers, not allowing them to integrate within the larger intellectual communities as most tools used for information dissemination remain inaccessible to them. This paper’s main purpose is to present the innovative pedagogical model devised at ISEP/GILT to better enable the blind/visually impaired individuals to access digital educational content, hence being a contribution for the inclusion of these individuals in educational environments. This inclusive and innovating pedagogical model is a result of the wider research being conducted at ISEP/GILT concerning the development of assi stive technology targeted at improving communication with and between the blind and the deaf, consequently fostering their inclusion. Although this paper highlights the pedagogical model proposal targeted at the blind/visually impaired, the model also integrates the deaf. Therefore, we present the complete API (BDC-API) architecture that supports the inclusive pedagogical model. This API translates digital educational content for the blind, grounded on the developed model used to translate written-text into sign language for the deaf. (More)


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Marques, B.; Escudeiro, P.; Barata, A.; Carvalho, P.; de Sousa, A. and Queirós, P. (2019). Assistive Technology Applied in an Inclusive MOOC for the Blind. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-367-4; ISSN 2184-5026, pages 100-110. DOI: 10.5220/0007724901000110

author={Bertil Marques. and Paula Escudeiro. and Ana Barata. and Piedade Carvalho. and Ana {de Sousa}. and Patrícia Queirós.},
title={Assistive Technology Applied in an Inclusive MOOC for the Blind},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},


JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - Assistive Technology Applied in an Inclusive MOOC for the Blind
SN - 978-989-758-367-4
IS - 2184-5026
AU - Marques, B.
AU - Escudeiro, P.
AU - Barata, A.
AU - Carvalho, P.
AU - de Sousa, A.
AU - Queirós, P.
PY - 2019
SP - 100
EP - 110
DO - 10.5220/0007724901000110