Online and Distance Learning

Online and Distance Learning

Distance Learning offers students the ability to take classes around their busy schedules. Whether it is employment, family, or other obstacles in life that don’t allow for the traditional college classes, online distance learning now provides everyone the chance to achieve their education through their computer.

Distance Learning

Distance learning course content.
Real Connections: Making Distance Learning Accessible to Everyone A video from Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT), which explains how distance learning materials can help a student with a disability access and process the information.

Topics discussed include:

  • Universal Design
  • Printed Material
  • Delivery of coursework
  • Communication (chatting or e-mail)
  • Technology used for accessing the course material
  • Developing Web sites

Coursework (documents, articles, syllabi)

Create all materials in accessible format.
Creating accessible content is beneficial for all types of disabilities. Students with learning disabilities, low vision and who are blind can easily use accessible content with a screen reader or text-to-speech program.

Online Tools

Use Tegrity Lecture Capture.
Tegrity is a very useful tool for students who have difficulty comprehending or remembering what was covered during a class lecture. Tegrity Lecture Capture software allows a student to review the information as many times as needed, giving them even a greater chance for understanding and retaining the content.

Post notes online.
Tegrity is very useful tool, but some assistive technology (such as a screen reader) cannot access it. Posting notes in a simple Word document is a great alternative.

Be consistent with online materials.
Label document and articles with specific titles so students can easily identify the assignment, whether or not they are using assistive technology to locate it online.

Caption videos
People who do not have sound on their computer or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing benefit from online video with captioning. Captions can also be translated into any language.