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Supporting Learners with Special Needs in Open and Distance Learning

Supporting Learners with Special Needs in Open and Distance Learning
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Author(s): Hakan Genc (Anadolu University, Turkey) and Serpil Kocdar (Anadolu University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 24
Source title: Managing and Designing Online Courses in Ubiquitous Learning Environments
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Gürhan Durak (Balıkesir University, Turkey) and Serkan Çankaya (İzmir Democracy University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9779-7.ch007

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Abstract

Open and distance learning (ODL) systems provide learners with a flexible learning environment independent of time and place. However, the advantage of this flexibility may turn out a disadvantage if the learners do not find a solution to problems they may face before, during, and after the learning process. In eliminating this disadvantage, learner support services play an important role. The quality of support services has a direct impact on learner retention and academic success. Especially, for the learners with special needs, the quality of support services has a particular importance. Within this context, in this chapter, the authors address accommodations for learners with special needs in ODL. First, this chapter focuses on support services in ODL, then learners with special needs in ODL and what accommodations learners with special needs require according to their disability type. Finally, the authors exemplify the accommodations for learners with special needs in ODL institutions and offer recommendations.

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