The Key to a Quality Inclusive eLearning Environment

Concurrent Session 7
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Brief Abstract

The key to building a quality, inclusive eLearning environment combines technology with accessible content and a strategic plan. Learn how this inclusive approach will benefit the entire learner community.

Presenters

With over 20 years of experience in higher education, as faculty and chair of the first online Interpreter Training Program; Director of eLearning; and 13 years with Blackboard; Scott has led institutions globally in furthering adoption and implementation of new online programs. He is a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter and prior to academia, Scott was the Assistant Director of the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Director at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company’s Relay Center. As a son of Deaf parents, accessibility has not just been a topic studied, but one lived.

Extended Abstract

For a growing number of colleges and universities, developing an online learning program has become an important element in their strategic mix. Not only are learners asking for it - recent research shows that almost 3 million students are taking courses exclusively online – an online program is also a valuable way to offer an inclusive learning environment. An inclusive program provides all students, including those with significant disabilities, equitable opportunities to receive effectual educational services. Quality online programs take advantage of the many capabilities offered by technology and interactive tools to make coursework engaging and best present material to learners. Technology also offers tremendous capability to address the challenges facing learners with disabilities. This showcase session outlines best practices and tools to develop quality, accessible programs.