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August 30, 2018

Accessibility must be more than an add-on to online pedagogy

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by Chelsea Jones, University Affairs (Canada)

If we are serious about accessible online learning, we must talk openly about disability as if it is right here, right now – because it is. As online learning becomes the norm across Canada, faulty conversations about making online learning accessible are cropping up in higher education conferences. These conversations fall short when they fail to uphold standards of inclusivity that are at the heart of basic, proactive Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies – that is, when they do not include gestures of access such as transcripts, live captioning, or American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Or, when they present disabled people in stereotypical ways.

Accessibility must be more than an add-on to online pedagogy

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