Assistive Technology in Special Education

EPSE 410 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • Participation
  • Communication (Individual)
  • Learning – Blogs (Individual)
  • Learning – Course Project (Small Group)

Groups will present their projects during the final scheduled online meeting of the course. Specific details of the group projects will be given during Module 1.


The use of microcomputers, adaptive technology, and software across age levels and areas of exceptionality in special education and health care settings. (UBC Calendar)

In today’s complex and dynamic classroom environment, teachers are challenged to include students having a wide variety of needs in daily curricular activities. With the help of assistive technology, students of all abilities can reach their individual potential by successfully participating, communicating and learning. Over the past two decades, assistive technology has evolved from situation specific devices or adaptations, to more general software and hardware solutions which can support students along a continuum of ability.

This online course is designed to provide participants with an overview of the field of assistive technology, an understanding of how to implement various technology solutions, and experience using specific technologies to create technology-enhanced learning activities to support students with diverse needs in the classroom.


Upon successful completion of the course, participants will:

  1. Have a general understanding of the field of assistive technology and be able to describe technologies that support participation, communication, and learning in the classroom.
  2. Be able to describe the process for successful assistive technology implementation and the conditions that foster or challenge effective implementation.
  3. Have a general understanding of how to match assistive technology features to student need and how to use those features to support participation, communication and learning in the classroom.
  4. Be able to describe how to adjust unit and lesson plans to include assistive technology solutions that support students’ individual education plans.
  5. Be able to use specific assistive software and/or hardware to create support resources that a student could use in a classroom setting.
  6. Understand how assistive technology can be used to support current teaching and learning trends (e.g. Universal Design for Learning).
  7. Understand how to utilize a variety of online resources and training opportunities to expand and support their assistive technology knowledge and skills.


This online course will be offered on Canvas –

1 Introduction
2 Overview of Assistance Technology
3 The AT Implementation Process
4 AT that Supports Learning
5 AT that Supports Participation


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665, or toll-free in North America: 1.800.661.3889 or

Order online:

  • Dell, Amy G.; Newton, Deborah; and Petroff, Jerry G. Assistive Technology in the Classroom Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities Second Edition. Pearson Education, 2011.  ISBN: 9780131390409

Supplemental articles will be accessible through the online Library Course Reserve.


This course is offered online through SET-BC –

This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to


Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Latest Revision on: October 25, 2018