Assistive Technology for Learning Differences

Technology can help struggling students leverage their learning strengths and bypass weaknesses to improve performance, independence, and self-confidence. In this online course aimed at teachers, learning specialists, educational therapists, and parents, you will learn about a wide range of tools to support students with learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), executive functioning deficits, and issues with processing information and memory. Through lecture, video demonstrations, and hands-on activities, you will learn:

  • How various tools address specific learning needs.
  • How to match students with appropriate tools.
  • Practical strategies to implement technology solutions and integrate with curricula.
  • How technology can facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices in the classroom.
  • Laws that govern assistive technology (AT) in education.
  • Local, national, and online resources for AT information, equipment, and services.


Students should have a basic understanding of the academic challenges faced by individuals who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and executive function issues. This can be satisfied in one of four ways:

  • Completion of "Understanding Learning Differences" (EDTH.X309) or equivalent coursework.
  • Professional experience addressing the needs of students with learning differences.
  • Prior review of material on learning differences (provided by the instructor).
  • Other requisites may be approved in advance by the instructor.


Hands-on experience with certain technologies is an essential part of this course. For these activities, students will need access to the following minimum tools:

  • A computer with: A PC with Windows 7 or above, a Mac with Yosemite 10.10 or above, or Chromebook with latest Chrome OS.
  • The Google Chrome browser.
  • A personal Google account.
  • The ability to download and install free and trial software. Specific titles to be provided in class.

Sections Open for Enrollment:

Open Sections and Schedule
Start / End Date Units Location Cost Instructor
01-06-2020 to 03-13-2020 3.0 ONLINE $640

Rachael M Haven



Date: Start Time: End Time: Meeting Type: Location:
Mon, 01-06-2020 12:00 a.m. 11:59 p.m. Online ONLINE
Thu, 01-09-2020 5:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Online ONLINE
Thu, 03-12-2020 5:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Online ONLINE
Fri, 03-13-2020 12:00 a.m. 11:59 p.m. Online ONLINE

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