Cobra Learning - Organizing your course accessibly

Organizing your course accessibly

All people learn differently. It can be difficult to organize your course in a way that supports the learning needs and styles of all users. Your learning materials need to effectively engage, educate, evaluate, and accommodate diverse learners. It can help to meet these benchmarks if you follow a few design decisions:

  1. Setting clear course expectations
  2. Set flexible time limits and deadlines
  3. Provide alternative learning materials

Setting clear course expectations

For many students, an online course marks a big change from a traditional classroom. This change can be even more challenging for students with physical or learning disabilities, as they can feel disconnected from their instructor and other support systems. Cobra Learning provides course designers with flexibility in how they set up and organize content, however it can still be daunting for students who rely on assistive technologies to navigate the environment, find course materials, and find and complete assignments.

To help your students effectively use your online course, consider the following design guidelines:

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Make flexible time limits and deadlines

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Provide alternative learning materials

To improve student engagement, one of the most effective course design decisions you can make is to offer course materials and assignments that appeal to more than one sense. For example, the same material can have an audio, video, and text component. (NOTE: Blackboard Ally is integrated into Cobra and will provide this option by default for students). This type of redundancy helps engage students with different learning types, reinforces important concepts, and ensures that users with physical disabilities can access content in a suitable format. Consider adopting the following best practices:

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