Designing a Staff Development Course in Inclusive Design for Online Learning
Elaine Pearson, University of Teesside, United Kingdom
International Journal on E-Learning Volume 2, Number 4, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
"** Invited as a paper from ED-MEDIA 2002 **" This paper discusses the issues that we consider central to accessible online education, and the design rationale for the development of an exemplary, flexible online course for making accessible online courses. The production of guidelines for making online courses accessible (Pearson and Koppi, 2001), lead to considerations of developing an online course for making accessible online courses. Using the experience and knowledge gained through researching the guidelines, specific issues and skills were identified to undertake inclusive and accessible design of online courses. These were encapsulated into five major themes and incorporated into a series of face to face workshops and an online course, aimed at assisting the academic in understanding both the broader issues of accessibility, and in developing the skills and knowledge for accessible course design. The authors designed and developed the online course by adopting the roles of content expert and instructional designer to ensure that all aspects were considered. The process included the formulation of learning outcomes, assessment criteria and strategies, learning methods, and the alignment of these course components. The online learning strategies included a variation of the cognitive apprenticeship model which was refined following feedback from the prototype face to face workshops. Learner-centred and inclusive design is fundamental and the course is intended to be an exemplar of universal design.
Pearson, E. (2003). Designing a Staff Development Course in Inclusive Design for Online Learning. International Journal on E-Learning, 2(4), 52-59. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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