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Designing Technology To Provide Education To Children In Conflict Areas And Refugee Camps

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Rebecca Ferguson
17 May 2016

George Alain

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Providing accessible Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have the potential to offer flexibility of learning and benefits to all independent of their disability. In my research project I will investigate the perceptions and accessibility-related processes of various stakeholders of MOOC platforms such as designers, content providers and accessibility experts. I will also investigate the experiences, constraints and requirements of users with and without disabilities who are already using MOOCs. I will carry out accessibility evaluations of MOOC platforms for their usability and accessibility. These are some of the questions my research is proposing to address: how MOOCs can help people with disabilities to improve their knowledge and skills?; how could the accessibility in MOOCs be improved?; and how could MOOCs resources be adapted to meet the accessibility needs of the end-users?


We describe the educational crisis that has left more than 2 million Syrian refugee children without access to any sort of education and displaced mostly in refugee camps and conflict zones in Syria and the neighboring countries. Then we suggest using technology to cover the current gaps in a proposed interactive blended learning environment and a mix of subject based and topic based curriculum to enhance the accessibility and applicability of learning even with the lack of both infrastructure and human resources. We discuss the trauma and mental wellness and disorders that are likely to be faced by the refugee children. In addition, we propose a plan based on participatory design approach.

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