Richardson, John T. E.
Course completion and attainment in disabled students taking courses with the Open University UK.
Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 25(2) pp. 81–94.
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This investigation compared outcomes in disabled and non-disabled students taking courses by distance learning with the Open University UK in 2003. Students with mental health difficulties showed poorer course completion than non-disabled students. Students with restricted mobility and students with other disabilities showed lower pass rates than non-disabled students. Students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties showed lower pass rates and poorer grades than non-disabled students. Finally, students with multiple disabilities showed poorer course completion, lower pass rates and poorer grades than non-disabled students. Accommodations to support disabled students in distance education need to be focused on different groups of students with particular disabilities.
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