Accessible Education

Accessible Education is the process of designing courses and developing a teaching style to meet the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles. This article discusses the characteristics of accessible education as well as the benefits for both students and teachers. This also includes an emphasis on disability.

Source: Introduction to accessible education

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Creating Accessible Learning Environments

The focus of this guide is creating inclusive and accessible higher education classrooms—beyond accommodation—for a range of students with disabilities. It covers strategies for creating accessible learning environments which includes communication with students, physical learning spaces, course materials, classroom climate, and out-of-class activities.

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Using assistive and accessible technology in teaching and learning

A guide to the assistive technologies that can support learners with special educational needs. This guide mentions built-in productivity tools, open-source software recommendations, institutional practices, learning platforms, and alternative formats of materials to make them more accessible.

Source: Assistive and accessible technology in teaching and learning


Creating accessible materials

This guide discusses how to make documents, presentations, and online materials more accessible. It includes an introduction to alternative formats and then focuses on how to make PDFs, word documents, emails, PPTs more accessible. They also have guidelines for creating accessible exam papers as well as accessible online content.

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Accessibility and Inclusion in Higher Education: An Inquiry of Faculty Perceptions and Experiences

It’s a Ph.D. thesis from Colorado State University which tries to understand how current mainstream teaching methods can be made accessible to accommodate students with disabilities. This research intends to improve the learning environment for students with disabilities by recommending and disseminating inclusive teaching practices to improve the accessibility of higher education so that all students can acquire the same information and participate in the same activities in a similar manner as students without disabilities.

Source: Dissertation PDF