moderated Re: Structured Discovery and Assistive Technology

Curtis Chong



Access technology training can and often does have a structured discovery component incorporated into the training, especially when the training is provided through a training center which embodies the structured discovery methodology as an integral part of every aspect of its program. In my experience teaching access technology for the blind, a lot more time seems to be spent simply teaching the competencies required just to start using the computer nonvisually in a productive way. It is a bit more challenging for instructors to start introducing problem-solving exercises which both challenge the student and build confidence. However, in my humble opinion, structured discovery is essential if students who learn access technology and the applications they make possible have any hope of achieving more than a rudimentary understanding of how to work with computers, smartphones, and the like.


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Curtis Chong


From: <> On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2022 8:25 PM
Subject: Structured Discovery and Assistive Technology


On one of the threads, there was a bit of discussion about learning experiences.  I thought I'd start a separate thread about structured discovery and assistive technology.     From what I know, structured discovery is a teaching philosophy that started with cane teaching. It emphasizes the development of non-visual skills, situational reasoning, and problem solving with a goal of greater independence.   The application of the philosophy to learning assistive technology sounds new.  The NFB had a conference about it a couple of years ago.   Has anyone heard of structured discovery with assistive tech?  I'm curious what it's like.

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