Educational Psychology (EDPY) 476

Technology for Students with Diverse Learning Needs (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies 

Prerequisite: EDPY 351

Precluded Course: EDPY 476 is a cross-listed course—a course available in two different disciplines—with PSYC 476.
EDPY 476 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 476 or PSYC 576.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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This course introduces teachers and other educational professionals to assistive technology tools, strategies, and support services. Assistive technology (AT) refers to equipment that improves the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. It includes hardware such as augmentative communication devices, adaptive tools, and software designed to support the participation of individuals with disabilities in a school or larger community setting. With the support of assistive technology, individuals with disabilities discover they can have control over their environment, allowing them to develop a sense of competence and independence. In this course, you will also develop the necessary skills and knowledge to implement assistive technology, and gain an understanding of how this technology can act as a potential equalizer for all participants in a learning environment.


Part 1: Benefits of Technology Use

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • Unit 2 – Technology to Support Writing
  • Unit 3 – Technology to Support Reading
  • Unit 4 – Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning
  • Unit 5 – Technology for Math
  • Unit 6 – Communication
  • Unit 7 – Supporting Positive Behavior

Part 2: Access to Computer and Mobile Devices

  • Unit 8: Accessing Computers and Mobile Devices

Part 3: Augmentative Communication

  • Unit 9 – Selecting and Designing a System
  • Unit 10 – Early Communication
  • Unit 11 – Integrating Augmentative Communication in the Environment

Part 4: Putting It All Together

  • Unit 12 – Decision Making
  • Unit 13 – Implementation in Schools
  • Unit 14 – Transition Planning


To receive credit for EDPY 476 you must complete a planning activity, participate in eight discussion board postings, keep a journal, and write a case study. To receive credit for this course, you must achieve an overall grade of 50 percent or better on all activities.

Activity Weighting
Planning Activity 15%
Case Study 30%
Discussion Board 10%
Journal One 15%
Journal Two 15%
Journal Three 15%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Dell, A., Newton, D., & Petroff, J. (2017).  Assistive technology in the classroom: Enhancing the school experiences of students with disabilities (3rd Ed). Toronto: Pearson Education.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, December 8, 2017.

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Updated January 30 2018 by Student & Academic Services