Make Learning Accessible Webinar Q&A Insights
In July 2016, cielo24 and Mediasite were joined by Jessica Phillips, Sr. Instructional Designer and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University, to talk about how to identify and build the right accessible technology program in higher education institutions.
The Online Learning Environment: What Do We Know?
First, we know that roughly 20% of the population has a disability and when it comes to students, usually only one in five ever tell their instructor that they have a disability. This means that you’ve probably taught, been taught by, or interacted with people with disabilities and you didn’t even realize it.
Second, we know that online learning attracts a wide variety of learners. There are learners who may have attempted a campus classroom and encountered difficulties because it simply didn’t match their learning needs or communication styles. There may also be learners who speak English as a second language and benefit from visual reinforcement.
Third, accessibility is required as a very basic civil right. The ADA and section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act have guaranteed that for people. But what is most important of all is that accessibility, also referred to as universal design, improves the experience for everyone.