By following a few simple steps, educators can make their courses accessible to broader student audiences.
Designing your course with Accessible Education in mind can have benefits for all your students, including people from a variety of backgrounds, abilities and learning styles.
All students benefit from an organized, well-written and complete syllabus. They are also better equipped to plan their semester if they have a clear idea of their educators’ expectations, the demands of their courses and the due dates of their assignments.
“Effective teaching and learning can occur both inside and outside of the university classroom. While a traditional university course takes place in the lecture halls and labs of the academic institution, some course instructors extend the learning environment beyond the university classroom and into the ‘real world.’”
This paper examines the definition of accessibility and inclusion; student learners with various disabilities and learning needs, and the barriers they face; common assistive technologies; and the authoring and testing of accessible web content. It also provides practical strategies for creating accessible learning experiences, as well as strategies for identifying potential barriers that may limit access to online learning activities and materials.