University of Pittsburgh
Mainstream Smart Home Technology as Assistive Technology
University of Pittsburgh

Mainstream Smart Home Technology as Assistive Technology

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Andrea Fairman
Dan Ding
Lindsey Morris

Instructors: Andrea Fairman

Beginner level
No prior experience required
13 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

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There are 5 modules in this course

In this module, we cover the course introduction and an introduction to smart home technology and service delivery. We delve into the dynamic realm of smart technology used to enhance the quality of life for older adults and individuals with special needs by integrating the HAAT model (Human, Activity, Assistive Technology). This module explores the intricate interplay between assistive technology, assistive technology services, mainstream technology, and universal design.

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5 videos4 readings1 assignment

In Module 2, we explore Smart Home Technology. This module illuminates the fundamental elements of a smart ecosystem for individuals with special needs, reviewing the interconnected devices that define modern living. We delve into the intricacies of wireless communication protocols driving smart homes and gain insights into the pressing privacy and security concerns accompanying technology integration into our domestic spaces.

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4 videos4 readings1 assignment

Module 3 focuses on the assessment phase, which guides the selection of appropriate smart home technology. We analyze clients' unique needs and goals as they integrate technology into their homes and lifestyles. This module also considers clients' digital literacy knowledge and skills to identify technology that functions within their comfort level.

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3 videos4 readings1 assignment

In Module 4, we compare diverse smart home devices and platforms to address clients' unique needs. We will learn the strategic nuances of selecting technology with features that enhance usability and discover the transformative potential of integrating routines and automation to amplify the functionality of smart home devices.

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4 videos4 readings1 assignment

Module 5 highlights cognitive strategies designed to elevate client learning and comfort levels during technology training sessions. We will review effective strategies that facilitate the initial adoption of technology and foster sustained use, mitigating the risk of abandonment.

What's included

4 videos8 readings2 assignments

Instructors

Andrea Fairman
University of Pittsburgh
1 Course4 learners
Dan Ding
University of Pittsburgh
1 Course4 learners

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