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The Use of Assistive Technologies as Learning Technologies to Facilitate Flexible Learning in Higher Education

  • Michael Goldrick
  • Tanja Stevns
  • Lars Ballieu Christensen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8548)


This paper presents the argument that some assistive technologies have in recent times become more widely used in education to support all students. Building on research gathered as part of a European funded project, the authors present findings that indicate that students are becoming more aware and sensitive to their own learning preferences and their own styles. More importantly however, the paper suggests that through the evolution of technology, students can now choose how to study, where to study and when to study. Underpinning this change, the paper explores how some assistive technologies have evolved into learning technologies by taking into consideration three factors: European social policy, universal design theory and learning preference theories.


Flexible Learning Assistive Technology Learning Technology Higher Education RoboBraille European Social Policy Universal Design Theory and Learning Preference Theories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Goldrick
    • 1
  • Tanja Stevns
    • 2
  • Lars Ballieu Christensen
    • 2
  1. 1.National College of IrelandDublinIreland
  2. 2.Synscenter Refsnæs and Sensus ApSHillerødDenmark

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