Distance Education for People with Visual Impairments

Maria Liakou [liakos7@hotmail.com], Evaggelia Manousou [manousoug@gmail.com],
Hellenic Open University, Greece

English Abstract

This paper studies the standards of higher Distance Education, focusing on the Hellenic Open University, for people who have visual impairments, so that it becomes fully accessible and thus helps reduce social exclusion. Specifically, it aims to study the operational context of Distance Education, the possibilities that modern technology provides the educational needs of the visually impaired and the factors that prevent their full social integration.

Greek Abstract

Η παρούσα εργασία μελετά τις προδιαγραφές της τριτοβάθμιας εξ Αποστάσεως Εκπαίδευσης ατόμων με μειωμένη όραση, ώστε αυτή να καθίσταται πλήρως προσβάσιμη και να συμβάλλει έτσι στον περιορισμό του κοινωνικού αποκλεισμού. Αναλυτικότερα, επιδιώκεται η μελέτη του πλαισίου λειτουργίας της εξ Αποστάσεως Εκπαίδευσης, οι δυνατότητες που της παρέχει η σύγχρονη τεχνολογία, οι εκπαιδευτικές ανάγκες των ατόμων με μειωμένη όραση και οι παράγοντες που εμποδίζουν την πλήρη κοινωνική τους ένταξη.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, MOOCs, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, learning management system, interaction, LMS,

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