Online Learning Update

September 30, 2019

Taking IT Way beyond Accessibility: 5 + 4 = 1 Approach

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

Thomas Tobin, EDUCAUSE Review

The colleges and universities that are furthest along in their accessibility efforts tend to have IT leaders and staff who share certain practices. They typically chop off the end of the word “accessibility,” focusing their efforts on expanding access, regardless of the ability profiles of their learners.20 They shift their goals away from making content accessible and look instead at making interactions easier to engage in.21 And they have largely moved beyond the mental model of universal design (UD) in the physical environment, which is static, bounded, and predictable—instead designing interactions according to UDL, which sees interactions as dynamic, open, and emergent.

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