Digital accessibility is a hot topic in higher education these days, and training faculty in creating accessible digital materials is on the mind of every instructional designer or educational technology team. Here we look at some of the most common issues that confront faculty when making their course content accessible.
Given the question of how to deal with color blindness in graphic design, many people would be tempted to give a brusque answer: “Choose a different profession.”
As any professional designer should understand, it’s not that simple. Even if you (a designer) are not color blind, over 8% of your male clients are likely to be, as are 8% of their male target markets (color blindness is rarer in females — more like 0.5%). If your design work is unsightly or hard to read for this substantial group, you’ve made a pretty huge mistake.
“Would he/she like sugar with that?” I wonder how many Paralympians will get asked that when they go out for a coffee with friends and family once they get home from Rio. It’s still a fairly common occurrence for those in the disabled community who are not among Team GB’s Paralympian “super humans”. Small wonder, then, that so many people who are able to hide disabilities do so.
Adaptive learning, which brings the benefits of one-on-one tutoring to large numbers of students with instruction tailored to the learner, has garnered attention since the 1970s.
But while it’s a common topic in education circles and technology is now widely available to make it happen, translating traditional lectures to an adaptive learning format takes time, expertise and budget dollars. In other words, adopting adaptive learning is arduous.
Broadly, adaptive learning involves computers being used for interactive teaching, with the materials adapted based on each student’s needs, as their responses demonstrate.
People with disability are at greater risk of violence than the general population, in Australia and internationally. Most of my friends with disabilities have been told we should kill ourselves at some point of my life. I've even been told this on a date. Others are told this by strangers.
Disabled people are scared. And we have every reason to be.
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