Universal Design: 3 Principles for Building an Online Course

Published November 19th, 2014

Create a Classroom Accessible to All Students

Online learning opens doors for students who are going back to school, or those who are simply looking for a change from the traditional classroom. The online classroom, then, must accommodate all learning styles, as well as offer accommodation to those with disabilities. Thoughtful design is critical to ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to learn in a way that best meets their needs. Discover how universal design standards in online course development can provide a customized learning experience in a free, live webinar from Learning House. Developing courses that offer choices to all students will help ensure that classes not only comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, but also offer flexibility to allow students to excel. Learn how to implement three simple principles that address the “what, how, and why of learning.” In this webinar, Lauren Dexter and Nathan Ackerly, Course Designers at Learning House, will discuss how to provide multiple means of:

  • Representation, so students can follow lessons geared toward their style of learning.
  • Action and expression, so students can choose of how they demonstrate what they learn.
  • Engagement, so students are provided with a relevant incentivizing force to stay motivated.

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About the Presenters

Lauren Dexter, Course Design Team Lead at Learning House, collaborates with instructors and her colleagues to develop innovative online courses. One of her proudest accomplishments includes developing custom media pieces, such as an interactive herb garden and an interactive map of Dante’s Inferno for her clients. Before joining Learning House, Lauren oversaw the production of Intercultural Communication Studies, an international communication research journal. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville and minors in humanities and communication.

Nathan Ackerly, MA, Course Designer at Learning House, assists faculty in developing a wide array of online courses. He enjoys working with faculty members who are new to the online environment, and helping them find ways to bring their passion for their subject to life in a new educational medium. Prior to joining Learning House, Nathan taught middle school social studies and language arts, working primarily with at-risk students in high-poverty communities. In that role he focused on collaborating with family members and other community stakeholders to develop curriculum designed to reach a diverse population of learners. Nathan has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Middlebury College and a Master of Secondary Education from the University of Louisville.

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