Posted by: MandyS | September 14, 2011

Activity 4.1 – benefits of online learning

The most obvious benefit of online learning has to be its flexibility. The disabled student  no longer has to rely on physically getting to a college and accessing the facilities. Instead they can study at their own pace and in a place of their choice; which will presumably be accessible and suited to their own particular needs. Seale sees it as opening up ‘opportunities to facilitate inclusive and equitable education’. It is apparent from the readings that disabled students struggle to obtain even basic support and when they do, it is either delayed or inappropriate for their needs. This clearly has an emotional impact, especially in terms of the ‘extravisiblity’ profferred by Goode (2007). Most HE institutions promote independent learning and from a disabled student’s point of view, online learning is the easiest way of achieving it.


Goode, J. (2007) ‘“Managing” disability: early experiences of university students with disabilities’, Disability & Society, vol. 22, no. 1, p.35–48; also available online at login?url= 10.1080/09687590601056204.

Seale, J. (2006) E-Learning and Disability in Higher Education: Accessibility Research and Practice, Abingdon, Routledge; also available online at


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