Hear from D2L about the importance of accessible learning, and how we are incorporating the Universal Design for Learning as we build technology for the future.
Accessibility is at the core of what D2L is as a company. When we set out to build this organisation, we looked at what barriers existed to achieving your dreams when it comes to an educational outcome, and we looked to break down those barriers.
Meet Carin, just one of the many types of learners that Brightspace is designed for.
Accessibility can make the difference between somebody with a disability getting an education and getting a really good job or not, and education is important to everybody but it’s really important to people with disabilities because everybody who has a disability needs to almost prove they can do whatever job they’re going for and needs to say “hey, I have this education behind me, I have these skills” gives you a chance that you might not get if you didn’t have them.
Accessible content isn’t just about making something that works for a narrow group of learners, but it really is about considering the larger group of people in a course and making it work for them. Because really everyone’s unique. You can get really focused in on making it work for that user that’s low-vision or blind, but really you have to recognise the class has so many people in it that are all different in some ways, so how can you make content that really anticipates that there’s a diversity of learners in the classroom?
Anticipate the needs of a diverse group of learners.
We offer a number of services where we can consult with clients to help them learn how to really amp up their accessibility programs on their campuses. We work with clients to assess their content to determine where there might be accessibility barriers for students or for faculty. We work with clients to help them better understand what their requirements are as well. So there’s a bunch of different opportunities that we have to work closely with clients to help them really take their accessibility services to the next level.
Take accessibility to the next level.
I think the key with accessible content is that you’re not just designing it so that it can be read by a screen reader, it’s making sure you support universal design for learning so that you’re able to create different adaptive pathways, give people different activities, different experiences, and yet achieve the same outcomes. That to me is the most critical part of building technology for the future.
Talk with D2L today about how to make your courses as accessible as possible.
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