Technology-based Learning with Disability... a
doctoral program designed to provide a broad and comprehensive education,
realistic work experiences, and opportunities for problem centered research
in the area of learning with disability.
A team of faculty from across the WSU campus will collaborate to train
a diverse, unique cohort of doctoral students interested in bridging the
gaps between the biology of disability, assistive technologies, and the
pedagogy of individualized learning.
Technology-based Learning with Disability is an interdisciplinary
concentration in four doctoral programs: Biomedical Sciences, Human
Factors/Industrial Organizational Psychology, Engineering, and Computer
Science and Engineering.
The strength of this program is the framing of questions about the
biology and nature of basic human capabilities and limitations as well
as about the potentials of modern technologies in a way that addresses
concerns relevant to the design of effective systems for learning and
development. The program is designed to encourage students to "test" basic
theory from their home disciplines against the practical challenges of
contributing to a multidisciplinary approach to real world problems.
Students' research experience will be enhanced with dedicated,
The Learning with Disability program incorporates three interconnected
and interdependent research efforts, namely: understanding the basic biology,
nature and development of human abilities, exploring the opportunities
afforded by advanced technologies to expand human capabilities through
multimodal interfaces and enhanced visualizations, and addressing the
practical problems of the design of human-technology systems that broaden
and enhance learning experiences.
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