The previous post covered many barriers, including physical impairments, that our students might face. Those barriers are global in nature. What about other specific barriers our own students might face?
Some of our students may not have computers or pads at home to do homework. If they attend a brick and mortar school, we could suggest that they use the computer lab or computers in the library during any free time they have during the day (study hall) or after school. Most students live in a community with a public library. Libraries have become, it seems, as busy with digital work as with books.
Other students may have the same problem I do, eyesight. We can show students how to enlarge the print and images so that they are more easily readable.
A computer that will not do what we have asked is extremely frustrating. If a student cannot reach a particular software that is used in our courses, if we have already added “help” information to the course, the student may be able to troubleshoot the problem without further help.
Until they become quite proficient, students may lose work they have completed. We have all faced that. Reminders to students to “Save, save, save,” are important.
Sometimes students need more assistance than being presented with only what appears on a computer screen. This is where synchronous resources can make all the difference. A phone call or a short “live” session using the available webcasting program can enhance learning in these situations.