Online and Blended Learning: The Advantages and the Challenges for Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


  • Joseph W. Madaus
  • Manju Banerjee
  • Kimberly McKeown
  • Nicholas Gelbar


 As students with learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) participate in postsecondary education, they are likely to encounter a new learning medium that will need to be mastered – online and blended courses. Although many college-aged students have grown up using the Internet and other information technologies, online and blended courses place different demands on students. However, such courses can also present new opportunities and advantages. This article presents an initial look at the highlights of interviews with 10 (n  = 10) university students with learning disabilities and ADHD who were enrolled in online or blended courses. Advantages and challenges to learning in these media are discussed from the students’ perspective.