A pragmatic and strategic approach to supporting staff in inclusive practices for online learning

Elaine Pearson, Tony Koppi

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Abstract

Changes in legislation, an emphasis on widening participation and the increasing reliance on online techniques for learning and teaching have contributed to improved opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in Higher Education. Many accessibility advocates would argue that accessibility should be the primary consideration for the development of online resources, but in the academic setting it is usually teaching staff who are largely responsible for the production of their own electronic resources. Academics may lack the time, expertise and the motivation to undertake inclusive practices. This paper explores means of supporting academic staff in the creation of accessible and inclusive online learning materials through activities designed to create an empathy with the student experience, coupled with targeted, timely and appropriate training. We go on to outline the proposals for incorporating accessibility into an institutional strategy for e-learning and proposals for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Subtitle of host publicationWho's Learning? Whose Technology?, ASCILITE 2006
Pages639-646
Number of pages8
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Event23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: "Who's Learning? Whose Technology?" - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20066 Dec 2006

Conference

Conference23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2006
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period3/12/066/12/06

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    Pearson, E., & Koppi, T. (2006). A pragmatic and strategic approach to supporting staff in inclusive practices for online learning. In Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Who's Learning? Whose Technology?, ASCILITE 2006 (Vol. 2, pp. 639-646)