An important consideration regarding accessibility to your online course, is whether the different features, functions, and resources are accessible by students with disabilities. You may have students with disabilities related to vision, hearing, motor, or cognitive impairments. Utilizing important tools such as closed captioning and ALT tags as well as other strategies can help you to create an accessible course. Creating an accessible course is not only an ethical obligation, but also a legal obligation.
- [Voiceover] Another important consideration regarding…accessibility within your online course is whether the…different features, functions and resources are…accessible by students with disabilities.…You may have students with disabilities related…to vision, hearing, motor or cognitive impairments.…Examples of things you must consider include,…closed captions on videos for students with…hearing impairments.…For example, here's a YouTube video…that I want to share with students from Bosman Academy.…And this one, I'm confident I can use because…it does have closed captions.…
So, here I can click it and now when I play this…a student can follow along with the closed captions.…- From day one and so if you ever take your finger…and put it up next to a baby's hand, the baby will…grab on to that.…- Okay, so they could follow along.…Another one is if you have a student…with a vision impairment…it's important to have alt tags…and a site that's set up with appropriate headers,…image descriptions and links…so that they can be read by a screen reader.…
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