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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Technology Enhanced Learning for People with Disabilities: Approaches and Applications|
|Subtitle of host publication||Approaches and applications|
|Editors||P. Ordóñez de Pablos, J. Zhao, Robert D. Tennyson|
|Place of Publication||Hershey, PA|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 2010|