Measures to Promote Equity and Accessibility when Selecting Digital Resources

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In e-learning, providing accessibility and equity is extremely important. Accessibility refers to making materials and courses accessible to individuals with varying abilities and needs. The concept of equity refers to fairness, inclusion, and respect for differences and diversity among learners participating in online courses.

It is crucial to understand your learners as a first step to promoting accessibility and equity. It is important to consider learners’ backgrounds, learning styles, accessibility needs, and distance learning needs, as well as their access to high-speed internet and live streaming technology. A questionnaire may be used to collect these data.

Whenever access is a problem, flexible options must be provided to ensure that all learners can participate in the learning process.

Additionally, the provision of both synchronous and asynchronous learning options can enhance accessibility and equity. The use of synchronous online interactions is helpful for preparing topics, establishing a social presence among members, and planning tasks that require real-time feedback. Meanwhile, asynchronous classes allow learners to access materials at their convenience, reducing stress and avoiding technical difficulties.

Furthermore, the Universal Design Principles UDL can contribute to this goal by enhancing the usability and accessibility of products. Various content formats can be used to deliver content, including text, audio, video, and images, as well as the inclusion of captions and transcripts.

Finally, monitoring and evaluating the impact of the online course will ensure accessibility and equity for all participants.

More information can be found in the following articles:

Page, R. (2020). Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely. Northern Illinois University. Flexible Teaching. Retrieved from:  https://www.niu.edu/flexteaching/resources/inclusion-equity-and-access-while-teaching-remotely.shtml

Top Hat. (2020). The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching. https://tophat.com/teaching-resources/interactive/the-ultimate-guide-to-online-teaching/