Potentials of the Tangible User Interface (TUI) in enhancing inclusion of people with special needs in the ICT-assisted learning and e-accessibility

Matej Zajc*, Andreja Istenic Starcic

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    Abstract

    In the modern society, inclusion of persons with disabilities in the mainstream education is increasingly enhanced. The presented example focuses on inclusion of individuals for whom their learning environment is created and adapted according to their special needs and capabilities. In establishing the learning environment, the role of multimedia and ICT is important. Persons with disabilities are often disadvantaged in ICT and in participating in the classroom collaborative activities. The paper presents a novel interactive application utilizing tangible user interface (TUI) as an alternative input device for computer-supported collaborative learning and game based-learning. In the final part of our paper, we summarize the main findings and results of evaluation of our interactive game for the ICT-assisted learning of people with special needs often having them tested in a real educational environment. The findings indicate high usability of TUI for people with physical impairment and severe to mild learning difficulties for whom it enables inclusive ICT and e-accessibility.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAgent and Multi-Agent Systems. Technologies and Applications
    Subtitle of host publication6th KES International Conference, KES-AMSTA 2012,Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 25-27, 2012. Proceedings
    EditorsGordan Jezic, Mario Kusek, Ngoc-Thanh Nguyen, Robert J. Howlett, Lakhmi C. Jain
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
    Pages261-270
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642309472
    ISBN (Print)9783642309465
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event6th KES International Conference on Agent and Multi-Agent Systems: Technologies and Applications, KES-AMSTA 2012 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Duration: 25 Jun 201227 Jun 2012

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume7327 LNAI
    ISSN (Print)03029743
    ISSN (Electronic)16113349

    Other

    Other6th KES International Conference on Agent and Multi-Agent Systems: Technologies and Applications, KES-AMSTA 2012
    CountryCroatia
    CityDubrovnik
    Period25/06/1227/06/12

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