Accessibility & Universal Design

Integrating Principle 8 of the Quality of Online Learning and Teaching: Accessibility and Universal Design into my Course

I have been working on improving my teaching by integrating principles of the Quality of Online Learning and Teaching Program, which was developed to assist faculty to more effectively design and deliver online-blended courses. I am specifically highlighting my integration on QOLT Principle 8 related to accessibility and universal design into a blended learning course below. Here is the Accessible Syllabus I created for my course. It is referred to in the videos below.

Video 1 Universal Design and the Course Syllabus

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Video 2 Integrating QOLT 8 Principles 8.1, 8.3, and 8.4

8.1 Syllabus links to the campus accessible policy

8.3 Students will be given accessibility information and policies related to the online course environment

8.4 Students can ascertain the role of the instructor in providing support for those officially registered with the campus disability services office

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Video 3 Integrating QOLT 8 Principle 8.2

8.2 Instructor articulated how s/he proactively supports a wide range of learning styles and abilities of all students, as opposed to just making reactive accommodations for those with registered disabilities

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Video 4 Integrating QOLT 8 Principles 8.5, 8.6, and 8.7

8.5 Course materials created by the Instructor of from external sources are in formats that are accessible to students with disabilities

8.6 All tools used within the learning management system or that are third party accessible are assistive technology ready

8.7 If accessibility of a particular course resource or activity is not practicable, instructor provides an equally effective alternative for students

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