Making Online Teaching Accessible: Inclusive Course Design by Norman Coombs

By Norman Coombs

Making on-line instructing Accessible deals on-line academics, educational designers, and content material builders a accomplished source for designing on-line classes and providing direction content material that's obtainable for all scholars together with people with visible and audio disabilities.

Grounded within the theories of learner-centered educating and profitable path layout, Making on-line educating Accessible outlines the major laws, judgements, and directions that govern on-line studying. The booklet additionally demystifies assistive applied sciences and contains step by step counsel for developing obtainable on-line content material utilizing well known courses like Microsoft place of work and Adobe Acrobat, in addition to multimedia tools.

Including a wealth of beneficial suggestions and proposals for successfully speaking with disabled scholars, the e-book includes functional recommendation on buying obtainable path administration platforms, constructing strategies for inaccessibility matters, and developing education fabrics for school and employees to make on-line studying actually accessible.

"This worthy how-to ebook is a serious software for all tutorial designers and college who train on-line. Coombs' decades as a pioneer of on-line instructing exhibit in his deep wisdom of the rules which can let the reader to use those classes to any studying administration method (LMS)."
Sally M. Johnstone, provost and vp educational affairs, Winona country collage, Minnesota; former government director of WCET at WICHE

"As progressively more of our social lives turn out to be mediated by means of expertise, on-line accessibility is a basic correct, no longer a luxurious. This publication is a must-read for somebody inquisitive about maximizing entry to learning."
Richard N. Katz, former vice chairman and founding director, EDUCAUSE middle for utilized Research

"This invaluable publication displays Coombs' precise event and dedication to the easiest instructing, studying, and accessibility suggestions for every kind of scholars and teachers."
Steven W. Gilbert, founder and president, The TLT Group-Teaching, studying, and know-how Group

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Indd 19 8/4/2010 5:47:37 PM8/4/2010 5:47 pages that a student must navigate to reach the LMS and the content it houses. It is possible for a system itself to be accessible once you’ve arrived but for the Web pages that are supposed to provide entry to instead prevent it. For example, a decade ago, I was invited to an online conference by the vendor who had created the Web conferencing system. They were proud of having included features to make it fully functional for users with disabilities. However, when I went to the URL for the Web conference, I had to agree to a license agreement before being allowed into the virtual room.

2008). The Chancellor’s Office had issued an RFP with the goal of finding LMS vendors it could recommend to the 23 CSU campuses. Five LMS products were chosen for evaluation: Desire to Learn, Blackboard, WebCT, Angel, and Moodle. Only the latter two passed the test criteria; the others failed the Section 508 Web standards. Blackboard has subsequently passed those requirements and been added to the list (Kaplan e-mail, 2010). Issues Common to Most Learning Management Systems So far, I have talked about infrastructure accessibility issues only in general terms.

Be Learner-Centered Thomas Friedman, in his book The World Is Flat, contends that information technology is leveling power relationships (Friedman, 2005). Many online teachers have observed this phenomenon in action and remark how online classroom behavior mirrors the shift of power from teacher to students. This doesn’t mean that the students have all the power and the teacher none, but rather that in the online arena the two are now more equal participants—partners even. Part of the teacher’s role in this relationship is to consciously adopt a learnercentered approach to teaching and learning.

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