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Title: Advising college students with dis/abilities in online learning
Author: Reyes, Jose Israel  
Meneses, Julio  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Estudis de Psicologia i Ciències de l'Educació
Keywords: online learning
academic advising
students with dis/abilities
universal design
Issue Date: 14-Nov-2022
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: Reyes, J.I. [José Israel] & Meneses, J. [Julio] (2022). Advising college students with dis/abilities in online learning. Distance Education, 43(4), 526-542. doi: 10.1080/01587919.2022.2121264
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Abstract: Most distance universities have adopted advising practices traditionally employed in on-campus institutions. Nonetheless, little is known about the role of academic advisers while guiding students with dis/abilities to engage and achieve success in online higher education. This study aimed to explore and analyze advisers’ perspectives related to supporting the diversity of these students in a fully online university. We followed the methodology of a case study based on semi-structured interviews in which 14 advisers participated. Our findings show that even though advisers face challenges when advising online students with dis/abilities, they attempt to support them proactively by offering personalized tracking. A paradigm shift from a reactive to a proactive approach by adopting inclusive practices would greatly improve the inclusion of all learners. Online institutions could better support learners with dis/abilities by framing all processes in the universal design principles and promoting collaborative and coordinated work among advisers, faculty, and staff.
Language: English
ISSN: 0158-7919MIAR
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