Paris, July 9, 2014: Based on a paper entitled "The Use of Assistive Technologies as Learning Technologies to Facilitate Flexible Learning in Higher Education", Michael Goldrick of the National College of Ireland and Lars Ballieu Christensen of Sensus and Synscenter Refsnæs presented at the ICCHP 2014 conference in Paris, France.
The presentation argued that some assistive technologies have in recent times become more widely used in education to support all students. Building on research gathered as part of a European-funded project under the Leonardo da Vinci part of the Life-long-Learning programme, it was suggested that students are becoming more aware and sensitive to their own learning preferences and their own styles. More importantly however, through the evolution of technology, students can now choose how to study, where to study and when to study. To underpin this change, the presentation used factors such as European social policy, universal design theory and learning preference theories to show how some assistive technologies have evolved into learning technologies.