Making Online Education Accessible to All Students in Math at COD. Addressing Special Needs in Distance Education. By: Laura Sosnowski. All students have a right to equal education. …Says ADA, and other legislation But not all students enter education on equal ground.
Addressing Special Needs
in Distance Education
By: Laura Sosnowski
It can be difficult-to-impossible
to retro-fit your online course
you find out
what special needs
your students are dealing with
Blind:Braille textbooks, or special computer equipment designed for the student with voice command instead of typing.
Blurry: Uncluttered screens, simple fonts, color cues to sort and highlight.
Color blindness: avoid known color ambiguity (red & green, green & brown, etc.) especially when using color to sort important information.
Deaf: Add sign language for any message heard but not seen on screen.
ESL, slow processing/auditory comprehension:
Limited motor ability: Minimize keystrokes, and screen navigation effort. Offer option for verbal responses via phone instead of discussion board.
Transportation/Location:Allow proctored tests to be taken at nearby, accessible locations. Seek student input on options. Students in exotic locations might require creative investigation of options for proctored tests!
Seizures: Avoid flashing text, rapid movement, or seizure inducing colors.
Poor Learning Skills (memory, study, organization): The note organizers, homework procedure instructions and mnemonics you offer will help all students improve their academic and memory skills, should the student choose to implement them.
Emotional/Anxiety: The immediate, personal, compassionate feedback received from you helps all students less anxious. Your presence and dependable communication will as well. For special circumstances, flexible deadlines are sometimes in order.
LD: Cognitive LD’s are consistent throughout life and the student has been dealing with it for years. Offer office hour personal tutoring or recommend an outside tutor for additional help.
provide accommodations for
such a large array of needs?
more special need solutions than
the College classrooms do?
In other words, is it unreasonable to expect that a blind student has some assistance?
you can do to help.
college Access and Accommodation
Department location, services,
email, phone number and contact name.
With knowledge and planning we can help all students become successful!