​OLC Outlook: An Environmental Scan of the Digital Learning Landscape

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Access and Accessibility in Digital and Online Learning - Issues in Higher Education and K-12 Contexts

Access and Accessibility in Online Learning: Issues in Higher Education and K-12 Contexts

Accessibility in K-12 and higher education is becoming an increasingly complex terrain to traverse as schools increase online materials and instructional delivery options. This white paper provides an overview of critical terms, legal precedents, and other considerations for course designers, instructors, and administrators as they work to improve the educational experiences of learners with disabilities.

Key questions around accessibility include the following:

  1. How do national laws that govern disability access apply to online courses?
  2. What case law exists to guide online course design and delivery in various educational settings?
  3. What issues emerge regarding online course access that might be unique to higher education and to K-12 settings? What issues are shared?
  4. What support do online course designers need in order to generate accessible courses for learners across the life span (from K-12 to higher education)?

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