Role of E-Lng in Empowering Learners in Inclusive Setting

Role of e-learning in empowering the learners in inclusive setting.
Lecturer in Education, M.E.S.Teachers College, Bangalore-10
Information and Communication Technology has provided a new access dimension to the field of education.   A great flexibility is provided with the e-learning with respect to place, time and methodology, meeting the individual differences of the learners.   Students with disabilities, with their diverse needs are successfully accommodated in the educational programs with the support of Information Technology. E-learning has the potential to improve the life of learners by providing opportunities for growth, development and inclusion.   However, the full potential of such technologies is unlikely to be achieved without concurrent changes in pedagogical practices.   Pedagogical practices such as cooperative learning, collaborative learning have great potential for synergy with Information communication technology to benefit learners with disabilities. In this paper the author discusses how e-learning can support and improve learning in an inclusive setting, relationship between e-learning and different pedagogies. The author concludes the paper by discussing the application of emerging technologies to the connected pedagogical issues.  
Key Words:-E-learning, inclusive setting, pedagogical practices.
Introduction: - In the global context of Education for All, every child has the right to attend the School.   But 77 million children are not in schools (UNESCO 2006) - and at least 25 million of them have disability (World Bank 2003).   Even more appalling, no more than 5% of children with disabilities complete even a primary education.   Most of those children live in developing countries. In Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and countries in transition, many children with disabilities are also...