accessibility issues in online education
Traditionally, when a face-to-face student requested a sign language interpreter or other assistance, individualized accommodation arrangements were made through institutional channels.
With the advent of online courses, however, the concept of accessibility has emerged. In contrast to the reactive, customized approach of accommodation, accessibility means proactively identifying and removing as many barriers to instruction as possible—before a course is ever opened for registration.
While some argue that building in accessibility is prohibitively expensive, recent lawsuits are driving more and more institutions to view accessibility as a requirement rather than a luxury. Unfortunately, making an online course accessible is tough—unless you’re familiar with traditional print techniques.
The same principles that make learning more accessible for students with disabilities can benefit all online students. Discover how UDL/I principles can boost retention and increase student engagement for your entire class. During this seminar, Thomas Tobin, PhD, coordinator of Learning Technologies at the Center for Teaching and Learning of Northeastern Illinois University, will provide a road map to help you integrate UDL/I principles into both new and existing courses.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, February 6th, 2014
The federal government has increased its scrutiny and ramped up its efforts to enforce distance learning ADA accessibility requirements. Audits are on the rise, the overall regulatory atmosphere is becoming aggressive, and institutions that overlook accessibility face significant noncompliance penalties. Led by Fred Lokken, this seminar provides the background and framework needed to bring your online program into compliance.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Course accessibility is about increasing learning for any and all students. It is about inclusion and equality. Ultimately, it is about student success. Participants of this seminar will not only learn about the value of universal design and the need to improve accessibility; but they will finish with actual tools and tactics they can employ immediately.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
College course work is meant to be challenging. The content and the vocabulary used are often unfamiliar to many students. For at-risk learners, the challenges are even greater. In some cases, these students have physical or learning disabilities that create accessibility issues, other times the challenges may be the result of the fact that they’re an international student, have anxiety issues, or a strong learning style preference that runs counter to the instructor’s style.
Speech capture, captioning, and transcription technology can improve success rates for all students, particularly at-risk learners who have learning disabilities or who are not native English speakers. Learn how you can use these tools to increase learning success on your campus by registering for this seminar today.