Archive for the ‘Accessibility’ Category

Statewide and Online Only in California

More than two million Californians have attended college but don’t have a degree, which is a problem the state’s two-year system is trying to help solve with a new statewide, online-only college. Today the system will submit three options for the college to its Board of Governors. Inside Higher Ed

‘Inclusive Access’ Takes Off

Major education publishers — including Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education — report that the number of colleges offering “inclusive-access” programs has grown rapidly in recent years. Where previously students might have been assigned textbooks individually, now many institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, […]

Blackboard Helps K-12 School Districts and Teachers Make Digital Learning Materials More Accessible for Students

Blackboard Ally is designed to integrate with a school district’s existing LMS and automatically runs class materials through an accessibility checklist that looks for common accessibility issues. The solution generates a range of more accessible alternatives for the teacher’s original content including Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic Braille. It provides teachers with guidance for […]

The Effect of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Application on E-learning Acceptance: A Structural Equation Model

Standardising learning content and teaching approaches is not considered to be the best practice in contemporary education. This approach does not differentiate learners based on their individual abilities and preferences. The present research integrates a pedagogical theory Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with an information system (IS) theory Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). It aims to […]

Improving Digital Library Experiences and Support with Online Research Guides

With a goal of improving the development and delivery of effective online information literacy resources, the purpose of this study was to look at how program level and the timing of the introduction of a Literature Review library guide influenced online business student perceived value of the resource.  A population of undergraduate business students (N=355) […]

Student Engagement with E-Texts: What the Data Tell Us

This case study of Indiana University’s e-text initiative reports on students’ actual use of and engagement with digital textbooks. In a typical semester, students read more in the first four weeks and less in later weeks except during major assessment times; in a typical week, most reading occurs between 5:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. from […]

Exploring the Use of E-Textbooks in Higher Education: A Multiyear Study

=A four-year university-wide study of students’ e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased, particularly among younger students. =The major barriers — including a student preference for print and unfamiliarity with e-textbooks — show signs of being alleviated. =Other factors related to mobile device access and pedagogically effective e-textbooks show little change over the study […]

Dampening Innovation, One Institution at a Time

The recommended penalties placed on Western Governors University will have a dampening effect on any institution that is pursuing new or modified learning models, argues Justin Draeger.  Inside Higher Ed

Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning: Lack of Time, Lack of Devices

The biggest barrier to digital learning for teachers is gaining student access to technology. That’s followed by a lack of time during the school day. For administrators, the top concern is providing relevant and effective professional development to their staff, followed by limitations and problems with the technological infrastructure, such as WiFi and security. Overall, […]

Survey of Tech in Education Finds Mixed Results

If you’re trying to hunt down research to justify the use of technology in the classroom or argue against it, a working paper may provide you with information you need. “Education Technology: An Evidence-Based Review,” published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), takes a global view in examining how technology can be used […]