Benefits of CSCL for learners with disabilities: Approaches and applications

Robert D. Tennyson, Robert L. Jorczak

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Perhaps contrary to expectations, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), particularly asynchronous text discussion, has characteristics that may be beneficial to learners with disabilities. CSCL seeks to bring the benefits of classroom-based collaborative and cooperative learning to the online environment. Collaborative and cooperative learning, and particularly its online form, CSCL, is a learning methodology with characteristics that may mask or compensate for specific disabilities. For example, in addition to the generally improved access offered by online learning, the slowed pace and anonymity of asynchronous text discussion has shown to improve social interaction for learners with communication and learning disabilities. This chapter suggests how learners with specific disabilities may benefit from CSCL discussion in postsecondary courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnology Enhanced Learning for People with Disabilities: Approaches and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationApproaches and applications
EditorsP. Ordóñez de Pablos, J. Zhao, Robert D. Tennyson
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781615209231
StatePublished - 2010


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