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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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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Overcoming professors’ skepticism about digital accessibility

Dan Smith was frustrated. A colleague had just told him he needed to make his online Introduction to Theater course more accessible, in compliance with federal law and a new mandate from the Michigan State University administration. Smith immediately objected on two fronts: he didn’t have time, and he didn’t feel he should have to do something…

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Student debt is worse for women

As an undergraduate at Christopher Newport University, Kelcie Chandler did not know that there was a significant difference in how much debt women and men hold after graduating from college. But she did notice that her female classmates were much more likely to talk about their debt than were the men she knew. Women talked…

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