Intentional Inclusion in HigherEd E-Learning: Embedding Universal Accessibility Through Digital Technology

5 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2023

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Thomas F. Jepsen

Symplicity Corporation

Theo Cooke

Symplicity Corporation

Date Written: January 8, 2023

Abstract

The distinction between in-person and distance learning creates unique challenges for learning institutions. It has been well-noted how the impact of offering multi-modal pathways for students deepens our education systems, fostering equitable and inclusive learning communities. In turn, this democratises the route to employment for students, creating deeper and more diverse economies and fairer societies. Events over the last three years have put front and centre the advantages of e-learning, as well as many of its current deficits. Our leaders, particularly those who oversee the direction of the education sector are now sensitised to a more flexible way of working. Before the global pandemic, online learning was a conventional way of engaging in education for certain cohorts of students. This paper will focus on those groups, to examine how we build more inclusive and accessible e-learning approaches that cater for the needs of disadvantaged students - specifically in Higher Education - while harnessing the power of digital technologies in such a way to enhance the student experience for all.

Keywords: Disability, Accessibility, Higher Education, Technology, Inclusion, Accommodations

JEL Classification: I2

Suggested Citation

Jepsen, Thomas F. and Cooke, Theo, Intentional Inclusion in HigherEd E-Learning: Embedding Universal Accessibility Through Digital Technology (January 8, 2023). The 2nd Global Trends in E-Learning Forum (GTEL 2023), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4320172

Thomas F. Jepsen (Contact Author)

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Theo Cooke

Symplicity Corporation

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