Accessibility in Online Learning: Connecting Universal Design for Learning and Paivio’s Dual Coding Theory
Thursday, March 29 2:15-2:45 PM Location: Edison C
Abstract: Despite the recent trend of declining enrollments in higher education, online learning enrollments continue to grow at a somewhat steady rate. This is a similar trend in regard to students with disabilities. Although online learning has numerous benefits, it is important to keep in mind conceivable barriers such as accessibility for students with disabilities. By using the principles of Universal Design for Learning and Allan Paivio's Dual Coding Theory, online faculty and designers can possibly become more aware of obstacles students with disabilities face and best practices to avoid such roadblocks. This paper discusses enrollment trends in online learning and students with disabilities, the connection between Universal Design for Learning and Paivio's Dual Coding Theory, and practical implications.