DSU receives grant from Reeve Foundation
Dakota State University received a $12,469 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
The grant is for the development of a series of five instructional webinars for persons with mobility impairments for whom the use of a mouse or keyboard is difficult or not possible. The webinars are self-paced and are tentatively scheduled to be presented between January and May of 2012.
Chris Olson, Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Information Systems, is the Director and principal instructor of the webinar series. "Our goal is to provide instruction for using and customizing voice recognition software that will enable a learner to fully access on-line courses, giving these students access to educational and vocational opportunities," says Olson. "The project will teach these potential on-line learners how to adapt and utilize the hardware and software necessary to successfully complete an on-line education."
DSU anticipates the program will serve returning war veterans and others with mobility impairments as well as K-12 teachers, who deal with mobility issues in the classroom.