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Computer Sciences, Information Science
The profile of students attending third level education in Ireland has changed over the past number of years. More non-traditional students have entered mainstream education. These non-traditional students may be mature students, students whose first language is not English and students with disabilities. In the 2010-2011 academic session 6,932 students with disabilities were enrolled in third level education. This represent 3.9%(AHEAD 2011) of all students enrolled in third level education, which constitutes a 10% increase on 2009-2010. This increase is putting pressure on an already strained system. Efforts have been made to educate and inform lecturers and teaching staff on their role and responsibility in the student journey. The responsibility of students with disabilities lies with each third level institutes disability or access service. This research investigated the role of eLearning resources in providing support for disability services in third level education. The individual resources were evaluated and issues with their usage and deployment arose. This led to an evaluation into the role they play in disability service training strategies. From this evaluation a set of policy suggestion were created which will improve interactions between the stakeholders and support future eLearning resource development and deployment.
Brennan, C.:An investigation into obstacles effecting the use of support technology for accommodation facilitation in third level education. Masters Dissertation. Dublin Institute of Technology, 2012.