Online course accessibility to benefit everyone

Ensuring that all of an institution’s online learning resources are accessible can feel like an overwhelming challenge given the number of higher education experiences that rely on digital content. But a crucial part of establishing an inclusive campus is to make sure your online learning experiences are both usable and accessible. Although everyone can likely…

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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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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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Putting immersive technology to work: Examples from the digital humanities

Much has been made of the potential for immersive technology to revolutionize teaching and learning. Often placed under the banner of XR (extended or cross reality), these tools are expected to fundamentally change how we interact with the physical world and our growing assortment of digital worlds, how we communicate with each other, and, of…

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Empathy and collaboration: Accessibility in IT

IT accessibility has been an important legal consideration for quite some time, but what that means, how it looks, and what end users should experience when interacting with technology are much more challenging issues to address. Often, people will talk about accessibility as a binary—as if something is accessible or not accessible—but accessibility doesn’t work…

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