Researchers are finding that courses built for accessibility can actually benefit all learners – not just student(s) with documented disabilities. The scope of what we mean by “building” or “designing” can range from a fully-online course to a traditional course that houses a few documents or resources on Blackboard – blended learning. Likewise, the scope of who we mean when we talk about “scaffolding” or “supporting” students can range from an individual student with a learning accommodation need to any student whose time management or basic digital literacy skills are lacking.
The following article, published on campustechnology.com, points out five accessible design tips to make it easier for you to teach and all of your students to learn:
The article references Western Kentucky University’s series of short videos that outline the basics of building ADA compliant online courses. Of course, these videos relate to WKU’s compliance policies. Information related accommodations, support, and services for students at The College of Saint Rose can be found here.