How to Conduct Disability Services Research for Outcomes Monitoring and Outcomes Improvement

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in Waverly on Friday, November 17.

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Speaker(s)

  • Zerrin Ondin, Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sheryl Ballenger, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Next time you’re asked to provide data or evidence to your administration, you’ll be prepared. This session will provide an overview of research methods applicable for disability service providers, assistive technology and accessibility specialist to monitor and improve outcomes of the services they provide. Step by step research guidelines will be provided to develop surveys to gather data for specific research questions.

Abstract

Disability services focusing on technology are aimed to be of high quality and effective in meeting the needs of the audience they serve and conducting a structured research is only way to know those needs have been meet. Outcome monitoring and improvement research generally includes service providers collecting data from students via surveys or interviews to investigate how efficient their services were and gathering suggestions. Data collected is analyzed to strategically planning the next step.

This session will focus on incorporating research into daily disability service tasks and investigating effectiveness of the services provided. Participants attending this session will learn:

1. How to seek ideas for research projects that may benefit their services, students, and their institution. 2. Ethics of studying people and when approval is needed from the Institutional Review Board and the steps to secure IRB approval 3. Develop a survey to collect data 4. Analyze and report the data they collected

Participants will be provided with several resources to assist them in conducting their own research.

Keypoints

  1. Writing research questions for disability service research
  2. Developing survey items to collect data
  3. Analyzing and reporting data

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Other, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Zerrin Ondin

Zerrin has a doctorate in Instructional Design and Technologies from Virginia Tech and she earned a graduate level certification in Human-Computer Interaction from the same university. Prior to joining AMAC, Zerrin has worked with the Virginia Tech Assistive Technology Research Lab where she conducted research related to assistive mobile reading technologies for people with visual impairments. Her research interests include pedagogical accessibility, universal design for learning, user experience in educational context, and assistive learning technologies.

Sheryl Ballenger

Zerrin Ondin has a doctorate in Instructional Design and Technologies from Virginia Tech and she earned a graduate level certification in Human-Computer Interaction from the same university. Prior to joining AMAC, Zerrin has worked with the Virginia Tech Assistive Technology Research Lab where she conducted research related to assistive mobile reading technologies for people with visual impairments. Her research interests include pedagogical accessibility, universal design for learning, user experience in educational context, and assistive learning technologies.

Handout(s)

AHG Presentation 2017 - Disability Service Research