Inclusive design: Making face-to-face and online courses accessible to ALL students, with or without disabilities

RÉSUMÉ. Between 10% and 20% of your students have disabilities (Eagan et al., 2017; Fichten et al., 2018). Moreover, disabilities or not, most students experience barriers to their learning due to the pandemic, such as distractions, increased anxiety, and lack of motivation (Gillis & Krull, 2020). It is important that ALL of your students be able to read and comprehend your course materials. Universal design principles suggest that it is much easier to design for accessibility from the beginning rather than to retrofit at a later date. This applies especially in the COVID-19 context where the drastic augmentation of online courses makes it harder to provide direct and adapted support to students with disabilities. Here we will discuss the principles of universal design for higher education (McGuire & Scott, 2006; Turcotte, 2020) and provide some theoretical, research-based and practical suggestions for making course materials (Word, PowerPoint and course packs) accessible. We will answer questions such as: How students can be engaged during the time of Covid-19? What formats of teaching materials should be uploaded? How can these teaching materials be made accessible? How can Zoom lectures be captioned? Toward the end of the session we will devote time for discussions and participants’ questions.  


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