Preliminary Investigation on Creative Educational Content for Visually-impaired (VI) Learners

  • Nurulnadwan Aziz
  • Ariffin Abdul Mutalib
  • Siti Mahfuzah Sarif
  • Mohd Saifullizam Jaafar
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8237)


This paper reports on an ongoing research regarding the availability and the needs of creative content application for visually-impaired (VI) learners, particularly low vision children. Numerous assistive technologies (AT) products in terms of hardware and software have been found in previous studies. Conversely, studies in the development of creative content application especially in education are highly scarce. Furthermore, elicitation from literatures also reveals that the use of AT was problematic for low vision children. Hence, this study attempts to investigate the availability and the needs of creative educational content application for VI learners. Accordingly, semi-structured interviews have been conducted with experts from special needs field. The results indicate that the creative educational content application specifically developed for VI learners is not yet exist and the need for it is urgent.


creative content visually-impaired learners computer-based learning application courseware 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nurulnadwan Aziz
    • 1
  • Ariffin Abdul Mutalib
    • 1
  • Siti Mahfuzah Sarif
    • 1
  • Mohd Saifullizam Jaafar
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Multimedia Technology and CommunicationCollege of Arts and Science Universiti Utara MalaysiaSintok KedahMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Computer, Media, and Technology ManagementTATI University CollegeKemaman TerengganuMalaysia

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