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Exploring assistive technology tools and e-learning user interface in Tanzania’s vocational education institutions
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, , , Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Tanzania

IJEDICT Volume 14, Number 3, ISSN 1814-0556 Publisher: Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies

Abstract

Students with hearing impairment (HI) face challenges in learning including accessing educational information electronically. This study sought to assess assistive technology tools and existing e-learning user interface for students with HI in Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) institutions in Tanzania. The study is guided by three objectives: First, it assesses the current e-learning user interface for students with HI. Second, it identifies hearing impairment assistive tools used and finally it suggests suitable measures for addressing the situation. The study involved 89 participants obtained using purposive sampling and simple random sampling. Data were collected using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The qualitative data were then subjected to thematic analysis. Findings revealed challenges associated with poor communication with others, poverty from parents/guardian, unfavorable physical environment and shortage of hearing aids tools and special needs teachers. Similarly, findings from different usability factors such as effectiveness, easiness of use, and accessibility showed that the participants were not completely satisfied with the current e-learning user interface system and assistive technology tools. Therefore, the study recommend for the development of a better e-learning user interface with integrated assistive technology for students with HI to enhance their participation in learning.

Citation

Kisanga, D., Wambura, D. & Mwalongo, F. (2018). Exploring assistive technology tools and e-learning user interface in Tanzania’s vocational education institutions. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, 14(3),. Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies. Retrieved January 22, 2019 from .