Increasing and Ensuring Accessibility within an Online Non-Majors Biology Core Course

ID: 51673 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Mary Jo Parker, University of Houston-Downtown, United States

Tuesday, June 26 3:30-3:50 PM

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Today’s university instructional online learning environment finds itself needing to ensure the online environment accommodates the needs of all learners Ensuring student-centered accommodations and student success is especially important in the online course and in course design in general (Burgstahler, 2017; Veal, Bray, and Flowers, 2005; Wattenberg, 2003) In an environment of diminishing resources across all higher education instructional areas, instructors and institutions must find or innovate the steps needed to ensure rigor without sacrificing content At the same time online flexibility and accessibility must be enhanced and addressed This paper addresses how many standard technology tools can be used to increase accessibility within the most robust online course, yet restrain costs associated with the production of online courses or course tools while diminishing the costs passing on to student learners Further, the issue of costs of time in the creation of these tools supporting accessibility on the part of faculty are minimalized A non-majors online Biology core course provides the platform the implementation of the tools used to increase accessibility

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