Friday, November 13, 2015

Students with disabilities enrol online ‘to avoid stigmatisation’ - Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education

Many students with disabilities are attracted to online learning because they feel less stigmatised than they do in the classroom, a study suggests. Researchers at two US universities interviewed students with a range of disabilities taking online or blended programmes and found that more than half said that avoiding stigmatisation was a key reason for signing up. Many of the interviewees, who were enrolled with higher education institutions across the US, highlighted how digital learning made their disabilities “invisible” and “offered the freedom to be viewed as a student without limitations”.

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