Accessibility and Inclusive Teaching – Guidelines for Online Teaching and Design

13 Accessibility and Inclusive Teaching

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn. [1]The University values disability as an important aspect of diversity and is committed to providing equitable learning opportunities for all students. Postsecondary institutions must provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and must strive to make the digital learning environment accessible and inclusive from the start. Just as we must build buildings that are accessible to all people using them, we must build courses and materials that are accessible. Accessible and inclusive teaching benefits all learners and is crucial for ensuring that all students can contribute and engage in the learning process.

University Policies

The University’s Accessibility of Information Technology Policy specifies that accessibility must be a part of the design and development, procurement, implementation and use of information technology and related resources. In addition, the Policy on Disability Services provides high-level guidance regarding the University’s commitment to the development of curricula and educational materials, physical spaces, and products and services to meet the needs of all students, faculty, and staff, “consistent with the concepts of universal design.”

Course Design and Teaching Practices

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