As the global learning technology leader, D2L is committed to ensuring that learners of all abilities have access to high-quality learning experiences. Promoting equity in learning is a major focus for D2L and their partner organisations as they look to empower students, educators, schools, and society. Together, this learning technology can help set a higher standard for adaptability and accessibility.
“In a time when gaps in equity are widening as a result of disruptions to the education system, technology has the potential to be a powerful equaliser — but only if applied in the right ways. At D2L, we believe that learning technology should never limit learning opportunities, and we’ve partnered with organisations around the world to ensure that the learning technology we create sets a world standard for adaptability and accessibility,” shared Nick Hutton, Regional Director of Asia at D2L.
“At D2L, we believe in leveraging technology to empower everyone with education. In a diverse country like India where the class divide in itself leaves many behind, it is even more difficult for the differently-abled. That is why it becomes imperative to standardise the digitalisation of education and make learning accessible to one and all. By implementing D2L’s Brightspace LMS across schools, colleges and universities, a holistic approach towards future-proofing education that is accessible to all can be achieved,” shared Dr Prem Das Maheshwari, Business Director of South Asia
Growing partnerships around the world
D2L supports partner organisations around the world, empowering educators and learners with special needs to create seamless and high-quality learning experiences.
International Disability Alliance (IDA)
IDA is an umbrella Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), with eight global members and six regional members, in turn representing over 1,100 OPDs around the world. Together they promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities across global efforts to advance human rights and sustainable development. They support organisations of persons with disabilities to hold their governments to account and advocate for change locally, nationally and internationally. IDA will use the Brightspace platform to help scale their training globally and make it more accessible.
Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. They needed a versatile and easy-to-access learning management system to support their 850 employees and 2,500 volunteers, about 15% of whom are blind or have low vision. They were impressed with the Brightspace LMS’s accessibility features, including its ability to interoperate with screen readers. D2L’s experienced team of accessibility Hi experts and commitment to ongoing partnership also drew them to select the Brightspace platform.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) is a tertiary institution in Manila, the Philippines. In the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) at DLS-CSB, the Brightspace platform supports the multimedia learning content needed to facilitate the learning process for students of all abilities. Through educational technology that allows alternative methods of teaching and assessment, both deaf and hearing students are able to have equal, seamless access to feedback and personalised learning inside and outside the classroom.
“Technology has the power to democratise learning. With D2L’s Brightspace LMS, we have been able to empower students, by giving them the ability to learn at the style, place, and pace most suitable to them,” said Rogelio “Tugel” Dela Cruz Jr., Head of Educational Technology Office at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. “We’re proud to partner with D2L, and to work together with them to build equitable systems of education that benefit the entire student body.”
Accessibility is more than a compliance checklist
D2L’s experiences with their partners has shown us that accessibility is more than ticking items off a compliance checklist. To ensure that D2L’s products go above and beyond in meeting the needs of physically-impaired individuals, D2L embeds accessibility into the company’s culture, and ensures that it informs every layer of their approach to work.
- People:To promote inclusion in education, D2L engages diverse users through the research phase, enables equity throughout design and embeds accessibility in products.
- Process: By practising inclusive design, products are designed alongside people that have disabilities, not for D2L works alongside people with disabilities including D2L employees, the disability community (in partnership with Fable), and customers that serve people with disabilities.
- Products: D2L supports the full stack of online learning, driven by technology, content and pedagogy. D2L offers technical and functional accessibility to help enable independent and effective learning. Instructors and students are supported in producing and consuming accessible content. Inclusive pedagogical practices are used to support Universal Design for Learning principles.
To learn more about how D2L supports customers in serving the accessibility needs of their members, please visit their accessibility page.
ABOUT D2L’S BRIGHTSPACE LMS
D2L’s Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform built for organizations that value continuous investment in people to drive their business success.
D2L’s Brightspace is powering smarter upskilling and reskilling of workforces around the world. It is the one place that supports all aspects of learning with better engagement and productivity through personalized learning. It gives your teams the tools they’re going to love and makes it easy to support exceptional experiences face-to-face or fully online.
D2L’s Brightspace is designed in close collaboration with clients around the world, building a rich set of features to improve engagement, retention, and learning outcomes. And it makes it easier to give feedback. It’s worry-free, with 99.9% reliability. It’s highly accessible and looks beautiful on any mobile device, making it easier for you to reach every learner.
Like many of our clients, D2L uses its award-winning Brightspace learning platform to support onboarding, compliance training, leadership development, and upskilling of its own employees. This has led to back-to-back #1 in North America awards for new-hire and onboarding experiences. To learn more, visit D2L for Corporate Learning.
D2L is transforming the way the world learns, helping learners of all ages achieve more than they dreamed possible. Working closely with clients all around the world, D2L is supporting millions of people learning online and in person. Our more than 900 global employees are dedicated to making the best learning products to leave the world better than where they found it. Learn more about D2L for K-12, higher education, and businesses at www.D2L.com.
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