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SPE 630 Design & Technologies for Differentiated Instruction

Enter a digital world of possibilities.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

Format: Online

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

At the push of a button, technology is changing the face of education. For students with special needs, learning is more attainable than ever before. Not only do the variety of technological choices give you the opportunity to reach more students, you can differentiate the process to fit specific needs.  In this course, you learn how to incorporate computer-based instruction as well as design-centered programs into the classroom to support students with learning disabilities.

With the aid of technology, students with learning disabilities have the potential to learn at a similar rate as other students. This course will explore how technology, when used with sound instructional design incorporating differentiated instruction, universal design, challenged/project based learning, etc., can provide a dynamic learner-centered instructional environment.

You will study concepts such as the “digital native” and identify features of Mac and Windows programs that can help students with learning disabilities. Other areas of inquiry include the legal responsibilities of educational institutions and employers with regard to individuals who may need assistive technology.

Sample Course Topics  

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Digital Natives/ Digital Immigrants and Learning Styles
  • Introduction to Assistive Technology and the SETT Process
  • Assistive Technology for the Content Areas
  • Differentiated Instruction and Project-Based Learning
  • Legal Rights and Responsibilities
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Instructional Design

Examples of What You’ll Learn

When you complete SPE 630, you can::

  • Define the qualities of the post-millennial "digital native.”
  • Discuss how assistive technology can open doors to independence.
  • Identify the universal features that facilitate computer access and additional operating features that are provided for students and adults with disabilities.
  • Identify the challenges of project-based learning.
  • Discuss legal rights and responsibilities regarding assistive technology in schools and in the workplace.
  • Define how universal design for learning relates to students with special needs.
  • Use the ADDIE Model for instructional design.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education - Special Education and Master of Science in Education – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification curricula from Saint Joseph’s University, including Design & Technologies for Differentiated Instruction, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

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