Psychology (PSYC) 576
Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs (Revision 3)
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Precluded Course: PSYC 576 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for Athabasca University's PSYC 476.
Note: One of the large assignments in PSYC 576 is a review of an Assistive Technology (AT) tool. The Athabasca University Library has quite a large collection of tools that Canadian and US students can borrow for this project. However, the AT equipment will not be sent to overseas locations. Therefore, international students must ensure they have local access to an AT tool that will allow them to complete this requirement of the course, prior to registering for PSYC 576.
Psychology 576: Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs is a three-credit, graduate-level 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 the school or larger community setting
Students in Psychology 576: Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs will be able to achieve the following course objectives.
- Participate in identifying assistive technology needs of students with special needs.
- Access appropriate assistive technology resources.
- Actively participate in a multi-disciplinary team assessment.
- Implement assistive technology in the classroom or other educational setting.
- Participate in an evaluation of the effectiveness of assistive technology.
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.
To receive credit for Psychology 576: Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs, you must complete: three journals, a case study Project, and participate in seven discussion forums. The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the credit weight associated with each activity.
|Case Study Project||35%|
|Participation in Forums||30%|
Part 1 Benefits of Technology Use
- Unit 1 Introduction
- Unit 2 Technology to Support Writing
- Unit 3 Technology to Support Reading
- Unit 4 Technology to Support UDL
- Unit 5 Technology for Math
- Unit 6 Communication
- Unit 7 Supporting Positive Behaviour
Part 2 Access to Computer and Mobile Devices
- Unit 8 Accessing Computers and Devices
Part 3 Augmentative Communication
- Unit 9 Selecting and Designing a System
- Unit 10 Early Communication
- Unit 11 Integrating AC into the Environment
Part 4 Putting It All Together
- Unit 12 Decision Making
- Unit 13 Implementation in Schools
- Unit 14 Transition Planning
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, 2018.