Friday, June 12, 2015

A Case for Accessible, Usable and Universal Design for Learning - Romy Ruukel, Inside Higher Ed

Issues of learning technologies and accessibility are more of a hot topic in our field than usual these days. Universal design is not a substitute or synonym for ADA standards or ideas of barrier-free design. Rather, it is a broader concept for the design of products and environments so that they can be used by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialization. Sidewalks with curb cuts, ramps to buildings, and doors that automatically open when a person moves near them are examples of universally designed products in the physical environment. They benefit a variety of people. Usability further refers to learnability (ease with which users learn to operate a product and remember how to do so when returning to it at a later time); instructional consistency (such as clear and consistent labeling); and efficient effectiveness (the amount of effort it takes to complete a goal). https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-beta/case-accessible-usable-and-universal-design-learning

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