Title: Virtual Keyboard Application for Students with Learning Disabilities in Thailand

Issue Number: Vol. 4, No. 3
Year of Publication: Sep - 2018
Page Numbers: 97-104
Authors: Onintra Poobrasert, Daranee Saksiriphol, Bunthita Likkhasit
Journal Name: The International Journal of E-Learning and Educational Technologies in the Digital Media (IJEETDM)
- Hong Kong

Abstract:


In Thailand, the number of students with learning disabilities is increasing whereas the use of assistive technology is limit. Assistive technology will help increasing ability or adjusting proficiency of students with learning disabilities to learn effectively. Most of the students with learning disabilities face problems with vocabularies spelling and writing. The issue thus prompted the authors to recognize the urgency in providing the support for these students and enable them to keep up with the colleagues. Accurate vocabularies writing and spelling are the essential skills required to be improved among these students. As a result, the authors have studied the writing patterns of these students and utilize the findings as a basis for the development of the instrument, which was the mobile application serving as the virtual keyboard (or Learning Disability Keyboard, LD Keyboard). The application as assistive technology aimed to solve the mistakes of vocabularies writing caused by the language literacy disorders. As the users type the vocabularies using this virtual keyboard, it will automatically correct the typing errors because of language literacy disorders with the accurate or similar words as well as displays the definitions with pronunciations. The results of the pilot testing revealed that after the implementation of this virtual keyboard application, the writing skill of the students in the experimental group was significantly improved at 0.05 statistical level and it was found that the satisfaction on the application was mostly at the highest level.