A Blended Instructional Design Approach to Accessible Cyberlearning

Authored by: Marilyn Arnone , Jennifer Ellis , Derrick Cogburn

Handbook of Design in Educational Technology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415807340
eBook ISBN: 9780203075227
Adobe ISBN: 9781135118969


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Two major learning challenges for students with disabilities including impairments to vision, hearing, and mobility are accessibility of content and how it is presented. While strides have been made toward developing distributed learning communities that are more effective and efficient, most still do not have a high enough degree of accessibility to allow persons with disabilities to fully engage in the learning experience (Myhill, Cogburn, Samant, Addom, & Blanck, 2008). If students cannot easily access material or they encounter frustrations in doing so, chaos ensues and learning is compromised, if not rendered impossible. Not only is learning thwarted but motivation to learn is severely undermined.

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