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Webinar: The Internet of Things (IoT):Implications for Students with Disabilities

This webinar was hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) in May, 2018. Leanne McRae, Katie Ellis and Mike Kent (Curtin University) presented on their project report The Internet of Things: Implications for Students with Disabilities. The report, published through the NCSEHE, provides an insight into both the potential risks and benefits of the IoT for tertiary students with disabilities, particularly in the current university climate where this cohort utilise mobile devices as a key resource in their learning.


Leanne McRae is a research officer in the internet studies program at Curtin University, Western Australia. Her current research interests revolve around disability, digitisation and education, with a special interest in the Internet of Things. Recent publications have focused on MOOCs, physical cultural studies and social media in education.

Katie Ellis is associate professor and senior research fellow in Internet Studies at Curtin University, Western Australia. She holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research award for a project on disability and digital televisions and is series editor of Routledge Research in Disability and Media Studies. Her current projects include co-editing The Routledge companion to disability and media (2019) with Gerard Goggin and Beth Haller, and Manifestos for the future of critical disability studies (Routledge, 2019) with Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Mike Kent and Rachel Robertson.

Mike Kent is an associate professor and Head of School of Media Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University, Western Australia. His recent publications include Disability and social media: Global perspectives with Katie Ellis, (Routledge, 2017), Massive Open Online Courses and higher education: What went right, what went wrong and where to now with Rebecca Bennett (Routledge, 2017), and Chinese social media: Social, cultural and political implications with Katie Ellis and Jian Xu (Routledge, 2018). His forthcoming books – Manifestos for the future of critical disability studies and Interdisciplinary approaches to disability: Looking towards the future are both edited with Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Katie Ellis and Rachel Robertson and will be available, again through Routledge, in 2019.