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Essential Elements in the Design and Development of Inclusive Online Courses PROCEEDINGS

, University of Teesside, United Kingdom ; , University of New South Wales, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-45-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

An investigation of the accessibility of online courses revealed that some aspects of courses were inaccessible, but that with careful design guidance and awareness of the needs of students with disabilities, those courses could be made more accessible. As a result, Guidelines were produced to aid academic developers of online courses with limited technical ability. These guidelines assume that the academic understands and accepts the issues related to inclusive design and development. We identified the specific issues and skills required to understand inclusion and accessible design. These were encapsulated into five major themes and incorporated into a series of workshops and an online course offered in flexible mode, aimed at assisting the academic in understanding the broader issues of accessibility, and in developing the skills and knowledge for accessible course design. This paper discusses the issues that we consider central to accessible online education.

Citation

Pearson, E. & Koppi, T. (2002). Essential Elements in the Design and Development of Inclusive Online Courses. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1569-1580). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 19, 2018 from .

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