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Robotics-Based Course Design for Autism Spectrum Disorder

, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, USA, United States ; , Center for Student Learning Charter School, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-16-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper addresses the development of the graduate course in instructional technology (IT) for technology facilitators and special education teachers working with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) students in K12 environment. Considering that systematic research in the instructional use of affordable robotics is still lacking, the paper focuses primarily on the use of LEGO robots. The course was developed and tested with the participation of a special education teacher with an experience as a couch for a school robotics club. The results show that first, affordable robotics has a strong potential to be effectively used in K12 educational environment; and second, robotics-based instructional course enhances the ability to facilitate relevant uses of ASD-focused robotic tools and should be a necessary prerequisite for future instructional technology facilitators.


Kats, Y. & Kuhn, J. (2015). Robotics-Based Course Design for Autism Spectrum Disorder. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2015--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1010-1015). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 21, 2020 from .



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