Accessibility for students with special needs
The Center for Inclusive Education or CIE was created at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde mainly to serve students with additional learning needs. And, D2L’s LMS aligns with and facilitates De La Salle’s vision for inclusive education.
At present, the Center is piloting the Passages training programme, which aims to help students improve their skills and be more independent. BigSky Benilde side-steps the challenges of coordinating conflicting schedules by making the training modules available online, for students to learn on-demand. The use of D2L’s Brightspace LMS also enables the Center to monitor the students’ usage and be more proactive in identifying possible triggers for participating students.
The full potential of BigSky Benilde to deliver all-inclusive education can be seen in the implementation of classroom content and assessments in the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS). In SDEAS, teachers can easily use images and videos to facilitate the learning process in the classroom. For assessments, students are able to film themselves signing their essays in Filipino Sign Language and can easily submit these assignments on BigSky. Likewise, hearing and Deaf teachers can provide feedback with videos in FSL, hence enabling efficient and personalised learning both inside and outside the classroom.
“With D2L Brightspace LMS, learning has become more democratic, as students are provided with options regarding the time, place, and pace at which they want to learn,” Rogelio shared. “With its competency- and outcomes-based structure, differentiated learning — that is difficult to conduct in a face-to-face mode of teaching — is now possible.”
“Most importantly, we want to be more inclusive. By letting other people know that this can happen for us,” said Tricie Mendoza, a fashion design student with ADHD, who has embraced the learner-centric flexibility offered by BigSky Benilde.