Presentation Title

Impacts of Assistive Technology Applications in Higher Education for Students with and without Disabilities

Location

Guzman 110, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 2:00 PM

Department

Occupational Therapy

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Laura Hess, PhD, OTR/L

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Description of exhibit:

A powerpoint presentation detailing the process of our study up to its current status (about halfway through data collection).

Abstract:

Assistive technology (AT) research has primarily focused on specific skills that certain AT features support, such as increased spelling or typing speed. However, there is limited qualitative research capturing the lived experiences of the AT user in their own voice. Further, there is limited research on how individualized training and supports can assist individuals in implementing AT into their daily lives. The purpose of our study is to examine the effects of AT in combination with one-on-one support on self-regulation, time management, and academic skills for higher education students with and without disabilities via an occupation-centered lens. We will examine the usefulness of BEST Suite©, a three in one app that offers goal setting, daily reminders, and time management strategies. We will also examine the effectiveness of Notability©, a software designed to assist with note-taking and studying. Our research design is mixed methods with both quantitative and qualitative outcome measures targeting the impacts of these technologies on self-reported performance and satisfaction in an academic area of these students choosing. This research will further the importance of an occupation-centered lens when examining the use of AT. Our current convenience sample of Dominican University undergraduates (N=11) includes four people who self identify as having a disability and seven who do not. The inclusion criteria specify that our participants be 18 years or older, full-time undergraduate students, have no previous experience with the apps, and must own an iPhone and either an iPad or MacBook.

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Apr 17th, 2:00 PM

Impacts of Assistive Technology Applications in Higher Education for Students with and without Disabilities

Guzman 110, Dominican University of California

Description of exhibit:

A powerpoint presentation detailing the process of our study up to its current status (about halfway through data collection).

Abstract:

Assistive technology (AT) research has primarily focused on specific skills that certain AT features support, such as increased spelling or typing speed. However, there is limited qualitative research capturing the lived experiences of the AT user in their own voice. Further, there is limited research on how individualized training and supports can assist individuals in implementing AT into their daily lives. The purpose of our study is to examine the effects of AT in combination with one-on-one support on self-regulation, time management, and academic skills for higher education students with and without disabilities via an occupation-centered lens. We will examine the usefulness of BEST Suite©, a three in one app that offers goal setting, daily reminders, and time management strategies. We will also examine the effectiveness of Notability©, a software designed to assist with note-taking and studying. Our research design is mixed methods with both quantitative and qualitative outcome measures targeting the impacts of these technologies on self-reported performance and satisfaction in an academic area of these students choosing. This research will further the importance of an occupation-centered lens when examining the use of AT. Our current convenience sample of Dominican University undergraduates (N=11) includes four people who self identify as having a disability and seven who do not. The inclusion criteria specify that our participants be 18 years or older, full-time undergraduate students, have no previous experience with the apps, and must own an iPhone and either an iPad or MacBook.