Theory and Application of Technology in Vision Impairment

10 Units

Theory and practice in the selection and application of technology to students who are blind or vision impaired (B/VI). Introduction to a wide variety of technology that assists individuals with vision impairment to access information. Provision of hands-on experience with a range of technology. Consideration is given to assessment, instructional strategies, financing and the use of technology for students with vision impairment. RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Student Handbook at Compl.etion of this course requires attendance at a compulsory campus conference. Dates and venues of campus conferences are available in the RIDBC Renwick Centre Timetable located at

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. Identify international, national, regional, state and local sources of instructional materials and access hardware and software.
  2. Identify factors that influence the selection and use of technology necessary for the education of students who are (B/VI).
  3. Recognise issues relating to the writing of funding submissions for access technology.
  4. Identify, configure and demonstrate basic use of a range of access technology for students who are B/VI.
  5. Identify, configure and use mainstream technology that provides access to learning material for students who are B/VI.
  6. Configure mainstream technology to enhance computer access for students who are B/VI.
  7. Recognise issues and use various strategies to access print material, including Braille translation hardware and software.
  8. Identify programs and develop procedures for teaching keyboarding skills to students who are B/VI.
  9. Design and implement lesson plans and presentations for specific types of access technology.

  10. Develop strategies to design simple documents that can be accessed by a student using a screen reader.

  11. Identify access technology for children who are B/VI 12. Evaluate environmental factors that may influence the use of access technology.


Issues and concepts in the selection and application of technology for students who are B/VI. Content includes issues in the selection of technology, its implementation within educational setting and hands-on experience with range of computer hardware and software applications.

Replacing Course(s) Not applicable
Transition nil
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Access technology lesson plans/ presentation
  • Projects - Resource Kit
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
  • Compulsory Course Component: Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC63011

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