Share Paper: Using Virtual Environments to Model Inclusive Design in Distance Education

  1. Thomas Conway, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii, United States
  2. Megan Conway, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii, United States
  3. Steven Brown, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii, United States
  4. Hana Omar, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii, United States
Tuesday, October 18 2:00-2:30 PM Kahuku

Abstract: This article provides an overview of the importance of Universally Designed Distance Education and describes a 3-D virtual-world instructional unit, Accessibility and Distance Education, created in Second Life (SL). The application of Universal Design in the context of Distance Education is increasingly important given the growing utilization of Distance Education as a means of delivering postsecondary curriculum. With appropriate attention to accessibility and Universal Design, Distance Education has the potential to mitigate many physical and social barriers experienced by postsecondary students with disabilities. SL is an open access technology platform enabling users to design and create content in a virtual ...