Using Cloud Collaboration for Writing Assignments by Students with Disabilities: A Case Study Using Action Research

This case study describes the advantages and disadvantages of using Cloud based technologies to assist students with disabilities develop writing skills and gain autonomy and self-confidence. Using Lewin's Action Research steps (identify problems, carry out research, formulate action plan, evaluate results), authors Kjrsten Keanne and Miriam Russell investigated available and appropriate technologies for online collaboration and selected GoogleVoice (audio fidelity) and Google Apps & GoogleDrive (easy accessibility for revisions and storage of materials) to be used for a period of 6 months with a student with disability enrolled in an online course. Results indicate "significant increase in speech intelligibility using GoogleVoice compared with cell or land-line phone communications." The authors also point out the need for further comparative studies to establish validity.

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Citation:

Keane, K., & Russell, M. (2014). Using Cloud collaboration for writing assignments by students with disabilities: a case study using action research. Open Praxis, 6(1), 55-63.