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Making Web Enhanced Learning Accessible for All Students

, Old Dominion University, United States ; , West Virginia University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


With the increase of students with varying abilities (e.g., visual impairments, hearing impairments, physical impairments, learning disabilities) enrolling in institutions of Higher Education, Web Enhanced Learning (WEB) environments must be accessible to all learners. This paper reports on current research on the importance of social presence in regards to student learning, feelings of acceptance, and the retention of students at a distance as well as including tips creating a community of learners and sustain this community through the course. Essential elements of Universal Design for Learning are presented with examples provided for each of the three tenets of this approach to instruction. The paper closes with preplanning and course design ideas which meet the needs of a variety of learners.


Judge, S. & Floyd, K. (2011). Making Web Enhanced Learning Accessible for All Students. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3477-3483). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 15, 2020 from .


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