EDTH.X310 Assistive Technology for Learning Differences

The following is from the UCSC Extension course description and registration webpage:

https://www.ucsc-extension.edu/courses/assistive-technology-for-learning-differences/


Assistive Technology for Learning Differences

Technology can help struggling students leverage their learning strengths and bypass weaknesses to improve performance, independence, and self-confidence. In this online course aimed at teachers, learning specialists, educational therapists, and parents, you will learn about a wide range of tools to support students with learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), executive functioning deficits, and issues with processing information and memory. Through lecture, video demonstrations, and hands-on activities, you will learn:

  • How various tools address specific learning needs.
  • How to match students with appropriate tools.
  • Practical strategies to implement technology solutions and integrate with curricula.
  • How technology can facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices in the classroom.
  • Laws that govern assistive technology (AT) in education.
  • Local, national, and online resources for AT information, equipment, and services.


SKILLS NEEDED:

Students should have a basic understanding of the academic challenges faced by individuals who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and executive function issues. This can be satisfied in one of four ways: 

  • Professional experience addressing the needs of students with learning differences.
  • Completion of "Understanding Learning Differences" (EDTH.X309) or equivalent coursework.
  • Prior review of material on learning differences (provided by the instructor).
  • Other requisites may be approved in advance by the instructor.


TOOLS NEEDED:

Hands-on experience with certain technologies is an essential part of this course. For these activities, students will need access to the following minimum tools:

  • A computer with: A PC with Windows 7 or above, a Mac with Yosemite 10.10 or above, or Chromebook with latest Chrome OS.
  • The Google Chrome browser.
  • A personal Google account.
  • The ability to download and install free and trial software. Specific titles to be provided in class.