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(SLSC) - (QU) provides distance learning to Special Needs Students | Qatar University

(SLSC) - (QU) provides distance learning to Special Needs Students

2020-03-18

Inclusion and Special Needs Support Center at Qatar University (SLSC)-(QU) students with special needs face various challenges in Distance Learning System, Dr.Khaled Khader, Head of (SLSC) - (QU) provided an integrated plan for the students.
The distance learning platforms vary according to the type of disability of the student. The students which are visually impaired their lecture are recorded in audio format and for the students having hearing disability are provided with written lectures. The entire lectures are in the ‘Blackboard’ application from which the students can review their lectures at appropriate time.
In order to highlight the efforts of the department, Dr. Khaled Khader shared his plan to support the students. The students have access to all kind of electronic support which includes; Email, WhatsApp, WebEx and other apps that guarantee more accessibility to students based on their accommodations. In order to avail academic support the students are required to send an email at ‘specialneeds@qu.edu.qa’.
Students must attach their medical documents with email, this process will help the faculty to prepare lectures and exams according to their health condition and special needs. Books and study materials will be converted into accessible formats and will be send out via emails.
Students facing problems can directly call (hotline 50880048) or the staff phones numbers to solve their problems. By using the inclusion and special needs WhatsApp groups and other social media platforms the students can discuss challenges which students are facing. Also Student Learning Support Center will provide academic support to students with special needs at http://www.qu.edu.qa/offices/cetl/distance-learning
SLSC will provide all the circulation of the lessons via videos. The center is Coordinating daily with the Information Technology Department to ensure the activation of all digital accessibility tools in the Blackboard send email.
Student’s Assessment for assistive technology forms will be sent via email or conducted through hotline. Students will be provided consultations regarding best assistive technologies for online learning based on their individual needs and requirements. All the center’s employees can receive calls from 7:30am -2:30pm. Circulating the guide for using the Blackboard is available on http://www.qu.edu.qa/offices/cetl/distance-learning
To ensure the best methods of conducting accessible lectures through the Collaborated website, the faculty members are providing audio and visual content for the lecture in addition to written files.
Few steps are being taken to support all the students including students with special needs, to avoid barriers in teaching and learning process. The entire faculty is sending lectures link via emails to the students in addition to the ‘Blackboard’. Students can interact with teachers with audio and video facility. Recording option is also available for the students to review the lecture if any important topic is missed. Important points and lecture’s summary will be given in written format to students.
The entire team at Inclusion and Special Needs Support Center is following important instructions. The team is working remotely from 7:30am – 2:30pm to provide support to the students. The emails are answered without any delay. It is obligatory to answer all calls during working hours, the staff Use Jabber app to make and receive all phone calls with students, as the application allows you to use the office phone to call and answer calls. WhatsApp groups are made for both girls and boys, which allows to participate without mentioning their names.
Weekly emails are sent to students and faculty to follow the schedule, team meeting are conducted daily through WebEx. Digitally accessible Books and study materials are sent to students through emails, and coordination are made in order to work on exams.
The university welcomes students with special needs in all educational programs. We urge students with special needs, including visible and invisible special needs, such as physical disability, temporary injuries, chronic diseases, learning disabilities, brain and nerves injuries, attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder, or psychiatric disorders, to discuss the appropriate academic accommodations with the Inclusion and Special Needs Support Center.

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  • Dr.Khaled Khader, Head of Inclusion and Special Needs Support Center QU