Title: COLLABORATIVE LEARNING THROUGH FACIAL EXPRESSION FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN

Issue Number: Vol. 1, No. 2
Year of Publication: Aug - 2011
Page Numbers: 490-509
Authors: Nia Valeria, Lau Bee Theng
Journal Name: International Journal of New Computer Architectures and their Applications (IJNCAA)
- Hong Kong

Abstract:


Due to communication impairment and delay in cognitive development, children with cerebral palsy and autism require special educational needs (SEN), where the one- to- one learning relationship is believed to be a good method in teaching them. However, limited numbers of educators are not equal to the numbers of children with disabilities. To cope with the limited manpower in teaching children with disabilities, development of a collaborative learning program, Learn with Me, is introduced in this paper to assist the children in their learning, where the development concept is inspired from CVLE and ATS, where communication is done by adapting users’ facial expression. The main goal of our research is to investigate the use of collaborative learning communicated through facial expression can assist the learning of children with disabilities. Testing was conducted on 20 participants, with 10 children with cerebral palsy, and 10 children with autism. Pre-test and post-test experiment was used in conducting this research. The overall results show that children gain improvement in using the collaborative learning program.