Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Courses
Developed by Blackboard, Inc. and offered by the Boise State IDEA Shop, this course is an introduction to building online courses that are usable and accessible. The content is intended to inspire further exploration and advocacy for designing materials that benefit all students and help them achieve their educational goals. While the focus of this course is on developing online courses, much of the information about accessibility and universal design for learning is also applicable to face-to-face courses and hybrid courses.
The course is self-paced but facilitated by instructional design consultants from the IDEA Shop. You can move through the material on your own schedule, though a recommended schedule is provided.
The course content is organized into three modules:
- Universal Design
- Assistive Technology
A facilitated version of this course is offered each semester. Watch the Events Calendar at the Center for Teaching and Learning for details about upcoming offerings, or contact Kevin Wilson, instructional design consultant, IDEA Shop (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Universal Design in Education: An Online Tutorial
Developed by the Center for Universal Design in Education, this extensive tutorial covers the history, definition, and principles of universal design while also providing numerous examples of specific applications of universal design.
Universal Design for Learning Module for Postsecondary Education
Developed by the Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities, this online course presents UDL as a manageable framework of strategies and techniques that support a diverse population of students while maintaining the integrity and content of the postsecondary education coursework. By using techniques described in this module, you will discover students who once struggled to learn become more engaged and leave with a deeper understanding of the course content.
Universal Design for Learning: Online Training Module
According to the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development at San Francisco State University, after completing the online training course, you will be able to do the following:
- Identify the principles of Universal Design for Learning
- Identify the benefits of Universal Design for Learning, both for you and your students
- Explain the rationale for implementing Universal Design for Learning
- Identify alternatives in conducting your classes
- Develop strategies for implementing Universal Design for Learning in your classes
Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners
This Open SUNY course offers an opportunity to obtain a better understanding of accessibility as a civil rights issue and develop the knowledge and skills you need to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments. Prepare to engage in thoughtful discussions, participate in peer review assignments, take short self-check quizzes, watch videos, and explore relevant readings. You will also earn badges that recognize your mastery of these competencies.
During this 6-week course (1 to 2 hours per week), you’ll learn how to:
- Recognize and address challenges faced by students with disabilities related to access, success, and completion.
- Articulate faculty and staff roles in reducing barriers for students with disabilities.
- Apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in designing accessible learning experiences.
- Analyze the benefits of Backward Design when developing learning experiences.
- Use Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 guidelines to create accessible courses.
- Determine which tools and techniques are appropriate based on course content.