Elearning is a teaching-learning experience carried out online, where the student becomes the training centre, leading their own learning, with the help of tutors and classmates. This learning methodology has been promoted to date in certain market sectors, however, it has the potential to be useful in many others. Could elearning be useful for people with cognitive disabilities? Even hearing and sign impairments?
According to a study carried out by IEEE, people with cognitive disabilities spend many hours at home with their families and carers, in a room in front of the television. Because of this habit, the T-learning concept or televised learning concept has been developed. This content is designed to be projected on a screen and will help people with disabilities in the surrounding where they feel safe. Also, this has filled a previous gap; where certain people could not access this type of tool. By adapting the content to education and entertainment concepts, it has not been necessary to develop new Learning management systems, instead of using the already existing ones.
One of the projects developed is the ALPE project (Accessible elearning platform for Europe). After its implementation in two of Europe’s largest distance universities, the initiative has been validated. ALPE is a set of accessible courses that cover a wide range of both basic skills for developing in work and society in general, such as reading skills, writing in the mother tongue, carrying out day-to-day tasks… according to project coordinator Alicia Fernández del Viso.
With an accurate adaptation to people’s customs and adapted content, a very positive tool has been developed for people with difficulties: Which will the next sector be?