Title

Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities in a Rural Community

Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Keri DeSutter

Abstract

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the purpose of this study was to investigate the experiences of distance learning for students with disabilities from the perspective of families teachers and paraprofessionals. A survey was utilized to study perspectives of distance learning in order to improve the distance learning plan in one district. The study will include data from families of junior high and high school students with disabilities, junior high and high school faculty and staff of a rural school district in Minnesota. Results from the study will be used to provide feedback to the rural school district in order to assist in improving the distance learning plan. As we look into the future, the number of students who access online learning will likely continue to increase. In order to create a positive learning environment for everyone, it is important as educators to learn about the impact distance learning has on families of students with disabilities and their educators.

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