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Grant to remove barriers between learners with disabilities and technology

OU researchers have received £123,000 from The Leverhulme Trust to remove barriers between learners with disabilities and computing technology.

Co-led by Jane Seale, Professor of Education at the OU, the ED-ICT International Network project, will explore the role that information and communication technology (ICT) —including computers, assistive technologies, online learning, social networking sites play in causing the disadvantage that students with disabilities in post-compulsory education experience.

The network will also examine the practices required of educators to mediate successful and supportive relationships between learners with disabilities and ICT.

Dr Seale said: “Despite international recognition of the exclusion and disadvantage that disabled students in post compulsory education experience, little attention has been paid to understanding and developing evidence-based stakeholder focused practices that can, through the use of ICT, successfully remove barriers and foster inclusion. This new grant makes it possible for international researchers across three continents to collaborate in order to firstly, better understand the role of ICT in removing the disadvantage that disabled students in post compulsory education (PCE) experience and secondly, propose solutions.

Funded for three years by The Leverhulme Trust, this International Network is co-led by Jane Seale (The Open University, UK); Tali Heiman (Open University, Israel); Sheryl Burgstahler (University of Washington, US); Catherine Fichten (Dawson College, Canada) and Björn Fisseler (FernUniversität, Germany).

Read the c9Ed-ICT project  blog.

Professor Jane Katherine Seale

Professor in Education & REF Unit Panel Chair

School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport

Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies

Professional biography