It’s widely known that children and adults learn faster when having fun. And in recent years the amplified use of electronic materials within the education system has risen tremendously making virtual learning environments a more common vehicle for delivering education. Further, with a sharp rise and increased awareness of reading disabilities, teachers are discovering a need to be more knowledgeable and accommodating when conveying class material to students with inherent disabilities, such as dyslexia.
Studies have shown that many students adapt well to eLearning courses, which may include presentations and slide examinations as well as online modules. However, teachers have to stay in touch with technological advancements and need to exercise deliberative and creative thinking in regard to the growing range of eLearning development tools that become available. For more information on the studies of eLearning and dyslexia please read: An Evaluation of Accessibility of E-Learning for Dyslexic Students
There are several key tips to encourage and engage dyslexic students such as using readable fonts, adjusting column widths, proper graphics and avoiding blinking text. Avoiding busy, bright patterns, images, and textures will also help bring clarity to a page. For more information on these tips please read: eLearning with Dyslexia: Top Ten Tips for Teachers
But because many dyslexics have problems processing visual elements it’s equally important for the aesthetics of a graphical user interface (GUI), the architecture of webpages, and readability of webpage content in large measure to determine the academic success or failure of the dyslexic learner.
Finally, it’s always good to try something new, especially when there is a chance to gain skills through a platform that will keep learners focused… as long as it is closely monitored to make sure it doesn’t have the opposite effect. There are plenty of opportunities for eLearning providers to tailor programs to those with learning difficulties. “A good eLearning teacher keeps her finger on the pulse of the information highway for new ideas and techniques to help her dyslexic students make academic progress.” – eLearning with Dyslexia: Top Ten Tips for Teachers