Confronting Challenges as a Pandemic Technology Moderator: Strategies for Engaging Students with Disabilities in Virtual Learning and the Use of Netiquette - A Free Webinar


The Montana Transition Resources Project and the Montana Deaf-Blind Project are pleased to welcome Dr. Mary Jo Krile for this free learning opportunity. Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal unit credit is available.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 4:00-5:00 Mountain Daylight Time

Description: At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, students with disabilities were required to abruptly transition to the use of virtual platforms for everyday activities, such as learning, doctor/service provider appointments, and maintaining a social life. This resulted in educators, parents, guardians, caretakers, and service providers being required to assume the role of technology moderators for students with disabilities. Many new challenges, in which strategies and answers were not available, surfaced. This webinar presentation will give a brief overview of the following challenges, as well as provide several strategies for addressing these challenges: (a) engaging in virtual learning; (b) the use of netiquette (the etiquette of the internet); and (c) the safe use of social media platforms. This session will conclude with a short question and answer portion in which questions about these challenges can be asked.

Mary Jo Krile, Ph.D, is a professor of special education at Eastern Kentucky University. Her education background includes a doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degree in special education. She has eight years of experience in teaching students with disabilities in the public and postsecondary education settings. The previous four years of this experience consisted of teaching digital literacy to young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) enrolled in a postsecondary education program. Her research is dedicated to promoting social media use and safety for young adults with IDD. She has also presented on social media safety for young adults with IDD at various local and international conferences. Dr. Krile’s research interests include forming resources and strategies that can be used to promote safe social media and technology use for young adults with IDD. 
Important Information
After Registering:
You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.
OPI Credit:
One hour of Montana Office of Public Instruction renewal unit credit is available for the webinar. You must request the credit when you register, and you must attend the full training to receive OPI credit.
The webinar will be recorded and archived to the Transition and Employment Projects and Montana Deaf-Blind Project resource libraries.
Live captioning will be provided for this webinar. Please contact Kim Brown by 5:00 PM Friday, October 16th to arrange any other necessary accommodations.
This webinar is brought to you by the Montana Transition Resources Project, funded through a contract with Children’s Special Health Services at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and by the Montana Deaf-Blind Project, which is funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The statements shared in the presentation do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the sponsoring departments.
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University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812 
Phone: 406.243.4134