Universal Design for Learning and Digital Accessibility: Compatible partners or a conflicted marriage?

Universal design for learning (UDL) and digital accessibility both seek to increase learning access and reduce barriers for students. As such, their primary goals are compatible and are widely acknowledged as crucial to ensuring equity in education. Indeed, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) recognized their importance, ranking UDL and accessibility together as the No. 2 Key Issue…

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No streaming during class

Purdue University students who were hoping to sneak in an episode of Queer Eye during their economics lecture are out of luck. The university recently debuted a pilot program that restricts access to five popular streaming sites — Netflix, Hulu, Steam, Apple Updates and iTunes — during class time in four of its biggest lecture halls. The new…

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What happened when one university moved a Confederate statue to a museum

The University of Texas at Austin is home to four vacant pedestals where statues of prominent Confederate leaders, including Jefferson Davis, once towered over the campus. Today the Davis statue is in a campus museum. Following a 2015 shooting spree in which a white gunman killed nine African-American worshipers in a church in Charleston, S.C.,…

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A rubric for evaluating e-learning tools in higher education

As educational developers supporting the incorporation of technology into teaching, we are often asked by instructors for a tailored recommendation of an e-learning tool to use in a particular course. When they use the phrase e-learning tool, instructors are typically asking for some kind of digital technology, mediated through the use of an internet-connected device, that is…

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