From Assistive Technologies to Metaverse: Technologies in Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Specific Learning Difficulties

by   Gokul Yenduri, et al.

The development of new technologies and their expanding use in a wide range of educational environments are driving the transformation of higher education. Assistive technologies are a subset of cutting-edge technology that can help students learn more effectively and make education accessible to everyone. Assistive technology can enhance, maintain, or improve the capacities of students with learning difficulties. Students with learning difficulties will be greatly benefited from the use of assistive technologies. If these technologies are used effectively, students with learning difficulties can compete with their peers and complete their academic tasks. We aim to conduct this review to better understand the role of assistive technologies in providing inclusive higher education for students with learning difficulties. The review begins with the introduction of learning difficulties and their causes; inclusive education and the need for assistive technologies; the reasoning for conducting this review; and a summary of related reviews on assistive technologies for students with learning difficulties in inclusive higher education. Then, we discuss the preliminaries for the learning difficulties type and assistive technology. Later, we discuss the effects of assistive technology on inclusive higher education for students with learning difficulties. Additionally, we discuss related projects and support tools available in inclusive higher education for students with learning difficulties. We also explore the challenges and possible solutions related to using assistive technology in higher education to provide inclusive education for students with learning difficulties. We conclude the review with a discussion of potential promising future directions.


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