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: Ett specialpedagogiskt perspektiv på videokonferenskamerans påverkan i den virtuella lärmiljön

Translated title of the thesis: To be seen or not to be seen: A special educational perspective on the impact of videoconferencing cameras in the virtual learning environment
  • Cecilia Antonsson
  • Katarina Rosén

Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level

Abstract

The study is based on the challenges that the transition to distance learning during the corona pandemic has contributed to. The purpose of the study is to investigate the role of the video conference camera as an influencing factor in a virtual learning environment seen from an accessibility perspective. Furthermore, the study also aims, from a special educational perspective on the virtual learning environment, to contribute with an increased understanding of the use of the video conferencing camera so that schools can develop and adapt their distance education and thereby increase their readiness to meet greater heterogeneity in the virtual learning environment. The three questions that are intended to be answered are, what obstacles and opportunities do the students at the Folk High School's General Course experience that the video conference camera creates in a virtual learning environment from an accessibility perspective? What obstacles and opportunities do educators at the Folk High School's General Course experience that the video conference camera creates in a virtual learning environment from an accessibility perspective? and what special pedagogical implications for the practice can the results of the study contribute? The focus of the study is educators and students at the Folk High School's General Course. The study has a qualitative approach. The theoretical framework used to bring understanding of the respondents' statements in relation to an accessibility perspective, is based on one Antonovskys (1991) modell KASAM, sense of context. The empirical data is based on two conducted focus group interviews with 6 folk high school students and 5 folk high school educators. The results and analysis make clear that the use of the video conferencing camera in terms of obstacles and opportunities is highly complex, individual and situational. The results also show that the use of video conferencing camera is demand-driven and that students needs are often left behind in favor of the educators. Which can negatively affect the students learning environment from an accessible perspective. A critical questioning with a special educational perspective as an approach can be valuable in order to avoid preconceived notions associated with the use of video conferencing tools with the intention of recreating the classroom in the video conferencing conversation.
Date of Award2022-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorJohanna Lüddeckens (Supervisor) & Daniel Östlund (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Special Education Programme

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)

Keywords

  • Special education
  • distance learning
  • accessible learning environment
  • video conference camera
  • Folk High School

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