Designing Equitable and Accessible Online Learning Environments

Designing Equitable and Accessible Online Learning Environments

Release Date: February, 2024|Copyright: © 2024 |Pages: 295
DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-0268-2
ISBN13: 9798369302682|ISBN13 Softcover: 9798369302699|EISBN13: 9798369302705
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The digital realm has redefined the boundaries of the educational landscape, transcending geographical limitations and offering more flexibility. The definitive guidebook, Designing Equitable and Accessible Online Learning Environments, stands at the intersection of pedagogy and technology, addressing the imperative need to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the virtual classroom.

As the educational sphere witnessed an unprecedented shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, a pivotal transformation was set in motion. The surge in online enrollment, spanning synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, and mobile formats, has established the digital domain as a formidable medium of education. However, this transition comes with a responsibility to uphold the principles of equality and accessibility, a responsibility that mirrors the concerns long prevalent in traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms.

Designing Equitable and Accessible Online Learning Environments is a pioneering endeavor which delves into the multifaceted dimensions of online education and reveals a crucial revelation that students from disadvantaged backgrounds exhibit a pronounced affinity for online courses. This book magnifies the essence of this observation, venturing beyond the surface to uncover the means to cultivate a genuinely inclusive online pedagogical experience. Meticulously curated, this book amalgamates diverse perspectives from luminaries in the field. The ultimate aspiration is to empower educators, administrators, researchers, and students with a profound understanding of the symbiotic relationship between inclusivity and technology. From theoretical underpinnings to practical strategies, every chapter resonates with the heartbeat of equitable education in the digital age.

Embarking on a comprehensive journey, this book is an exploration of design theories that embrace the ethos of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Topics span the spectrum, from deciphering the architecture of accessible digital tools to unraveling the tapestry of culturally responsive teaching in the virtual classroom.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessibility Practices
  • Accessible Design
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Digital Tools for Diversity
  • Diversity in Education
  • Educational Equity
  • Equitable Education
  • Inclusive Online Communities
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Online Course Development
  • Online Learning
  • Pedagogical Inclusion
  • Student Engagement
  • Technological Inclusivity
  • Virtual Classrooms
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In an era where digital education is rapidly evolving, Designing Equitable and Accessible Online Learning Environments highlights the importance of inclusivity and accessibility, providing practical strategies to bridge educational gaps and support diverse learner needs.

– Youmei Liu
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Lydia Kyei-Blankson 's teaching assignment includes graduate research methods courses. Also, she serves on many doctoral dissertation committees. To date, she has served on 56 dissertations. She is currently the Senior Research Fellow at NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising Center for Research at Kansas State University (KSU) and also serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, Planning and Changing, and Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice. She is the recipient of the Manahan Family Teaching award, the University Research Initiative award, the University Teaching Initiative award, the EAF Spirit award, and the EAF Scholarship Productivity award.
Jared Sagini Keengwe is a Professor of Education at the University of North Dakota (UND). He has published extensively in refereed journals and scholarly books. He is the editor-in-chief of two IGI Global Book Series: Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development (AHEPD) and Advances in Early Childhood and K-12 Education (AECKE). His work was honored with the UND Foundation/McDermott Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. He was a recipient of the North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of significant contributions in teaching, research, and service. At the national level, Prof. Sagini was a recipient of the International Institute of Education Fellowship under the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) – a scholar fellowship program funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) for educational projects at African higher education institutions. He was also a recipient of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Visiting Fellowship.
Esther Ntuli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Educational Studies at Idaho State University (ISU). Her expertise and training is in curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, and instructional technology. Her research interest focuses on technology use and practice in early childhood instruction, teacher education, assessment, and culturally responsive education.
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