A team of faculty from across the WSU campus will collaborate to train a diverse, unique cohort of doctoral students interested in bridging the gaps between the biology of disability, assistive technologies, and the pedagogy of individualized learning.
Technology-based Learning with Disability is an interdisciplinary concentration in four doctoral programs: Biomedical Sciences, Human Factors/Industrial Organizational Psychology, Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering.
The strength of this program is the framing of questions about the biology and nature of basic human capabilities and limitations as well as about the potentials of modern technologies in a way that addresses concerns relevant to the design of effective systems for learning and development. The program is designed to encourage students to "test" basic theory from their home disciplines against the practical challenges of contributing to a multidisciplinary approach to real world problems. Students' research experience will be enhanced with dedicated, cross-discipline facilities.
The Learning with Disability program incorporates three interconnected and interdependent research efforts, namely: understanding the basic biology, nature and development of human abilities, exploring the opportunities afforded by advanced technologies to expand human capabilities through multimodal interfaces and enhanced visualizations, and addressing the practical problems of the design of human-technology systems that broaden and enhance learning experiences.
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