Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI)

Accessibility Resources provides information for ensuring student accessibility. For practical tips on how design contributes to effective learning, please read “The importance of design on effective learning”.

Accessibility in Online Course Design

Ensuring we are attending to the needs of all students can be difficult but necessary. Oswal, S. K., & Meloncon, L. (2014) state that designing an online course can be difficult enough without also attending to the needs of students with disabilities and that many instructors have not been trained to support students in this way. However, utilizing good pedagogy and wise practices in course design help to support teaching and learning in the online environment.

Oswal, S. K., & Meloncon, L. (2014). Paying Attention to Accessibility When Designing Online Courses in Technical and Professional Communication. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 28(3), 271–300. https://doi.org/10.1177/1050651914524780

Diversity in Online Courses

Grant, K. S. L., & Lee, V. J. (2014). Wrestling with Issues of Diversity in Online Courses. The Qualitative Report, 19(12), 1-25. Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR19/grant12.pdf

First Nations’ Students Response to Online Courses

Simon, J., Burton, K., Lockhart, E., & O’Donnell, S. (2014). Post-secondary distance education in a contemporary colonial context: Experiences of students in a rural First Nation in Canada. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning15(1). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v15i1.1357