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Online versus Face-to-Face Accommodations among College Students with Disabilities

TitleOnline versus Face-to-Face Accommodations among College Students with Disabilities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBarnard-Brak, L., & Sulak T.
JournalAmerican Journal of Distance Education
Volume24
Pagination81-91
ISBN Number0892-3647
KeywordsExperimental/Quasi-Experimental Research, Higher Education Instructors, Informaworld, Peer Reviewed
Abstract

Although both the number of online learning opportunities and students with disabilities in higher education has increased over the last two decades, students with disabilities may be overlooked. The purpose of this study was to examine attitudes toward requesting accommodations in the online learning environment among college students with disabilities compared with requesting accommodations in the face-to-face learning environment. Accommodations refer to those adjustments and modification made to instructional and/or curricular requirements in order for students with disabilities to fully participate in a course (Rehabilitation Act of 1973). Results indicate that students with disabilities did not have significantly different attitudes toward requesting accommodations as a whole in the face-to-face versus online learning environments. Results, however, do indicate that students who report having visible disabilities appear to have more positive attitudes toward requesting accommodations in the online versus face-to-face learning environment compared with students who report having hidden disabilities.

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