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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 13, No. 2 (2017) open journal systems 


ICT accessibility and usability to support learning of visually-impaired students in Tanzania

Innosencia Joseph Eligi, Tanzania Library Services Board
Kelefa Mwantimwa, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Abstract
The main objective of this study was to assess the accessibility and usability of Information and Communication Technology facilities to facilitate learning among visually-impaired students at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). The study employed a mixed methods design in gathering, processing and analysing quantitative and qualitative data. A survey was conducted at the UDSM main campus and the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE). A total of 36 respondents took part in the survey. The study found that ICTs support innovative learning, encourage independent learning, and promote participatory and collaborative learning. On the other hand, the units surveyed at the UDSM faced challenges such as insufficient special ICTs to cater for the needs of visually-impaired students, inadequate training on the use of special ICTs, and a shortage of ICT experts. There is also a necessity for the visually-impaired students’ education needs and wants to be met to engender effective learning.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556