Ensuring accessible content for all students.
An inclusive, equitable class, ensures that all students can succeed. For all students to do well and improve, it is necessary to reduce the barriers that can hinder learning and reduce success. For example, you can reduce barriers by organizing your course content so that navigation is easily understood by everyone. An accessible, inclusive, and equitable course requires more than a one size fits all approach, since each class has a diverse set of students with a variety of learning needs.
Creating an accessible learning environment is an essential component to course design. Consider the teaching and learning strategies below to help you design an accessible course for everyone.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Ensure learning outcomes align with each activity’s objective|
Foster an equitable and inclusive learning community
|Value the presence and abilities of all members of the classroom community|
|Appreciate the diverse experiences, abilities and circumstances of each class member|
|Reduce or lower the barriers to accessing course materials|
|Recognize barriers, both visible and invisible|
The University at Buffalo has a legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equitable and appropriate education under:
These laws establish access, resources, equity and environments free from discrimination for people with disabilities.
The University at Buffalo is “committed to ensuring that everyone can access all that we have to offer. Whether it is access to electronic information technology or physical access to the campus, our goal is to provide seamless inclusion for everyone.” Students with disabilities should first request accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Resources. Within the first two weeks of class, a student with accommodations should notify the instructor. Please note that some students feel uncomfortable sharing this information as they may fear being labeled or judged. Help establish a safe and inclusive learning environment, as well as encourage students to share this information with you.
Using your Course Design Template complete the following:
When you have finished checking accessibility, the next step is to consider exemplar courses and how they may apply to your course.