An important consideration for an online course is digital access, ensuring that all aspects of the course are accessible by everyone participating. Explore some considerations for making an accessible course by sharing resources in common file formats that students will be more likely to access on different devices and without the need for expensive software.
- [Voiceover] An important consideration…for your online course is digital access.…By this, I mean insuring that all aspects of the course…are accessible by everyone enrolled in the course.…This is an issue that's critically important,…but often overlooked.…When planning for accessibility,…there are a couple things to consider.…The first, which we'll discuss in this video,…is whether or not the tools, resources,…and activities that you're sharing…are accessible by all students,…given the technology that they have access to.…Remember that it's important to communicate…any expectations that you have…in the beginning of your course.…
One of these expectations…are the minimum technology requirements.…This is actually an expectation…that should be clearly outlined in your course description,…so that students understand that before enrolling.…If a student doesn't have access to a computer,…but plans to use a tablet,…or a smartphone for your course,…will they be able to access…and complete everything they need to?…If not, this needs to be communicated.…
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom—with or without a learning management system—and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Oliver also shows how to incorporate digital resources and the latest ed tech into your classroom, and make sure the lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.
- What is online education?
- Why does online education succeed?
- Understanding learning management systems
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
- Writing learning outcomes and learning objectives
- Sharing and curating files and resources
- Tracking student progress
- Engaging students
- Fostering communication
- Providing feedback
- Making learning accessible to students with disabilities