Dr. Don McMahon is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. His research interests include, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Wearable devices, Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology, and Instructional technology. At WSU Don McMahon coordinates the VR2GO Lab. He has published a handbook on using mobile devices in secondary classrooms settings, as well as research on how these technologies have enhanced learning for individuals with disabilities. In addition, he is one of the cofounders, and now director, of the WSU ROAR postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Washington State University.
Don was a special education teacher for 7 years and then became an instructional Co-teaching coach for general education and special education teachers. Don graduated from the Special Education Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Don is also a national presenter providing professional development sessions for both general educators and special educators on using technology to support diverse groups of learners.
Designing an Inclusive Future
Designing the Inclusive Future is not something that is covered in most job descriptions; however, it will be the job of all educators. Futurists help us examine how new technologies will create societal changes and we are about to have a tidal wave of new educational technologies. “Inclusive Futurist” Dr. Don McMahon, explores how emerging educational technologies connect to the UDL framework and how we can use them to design a more inclusive future for every student. While these new technologies have great promise, they will also present us with new questions and challenges educators need to address.
Emerging technologies such as robotisation, automatisation, artificial intelligence, and immersive learning platforms like augmented reality, virtual reality, and wearable devices are potentially powerful educational tools that can benefit diverse groups of learners including learners with disabilities. “As educators, we can passively wait until the future becomes the present, or we can work to actively influence the future”.