A new website is available to Boise State faculty, staff and students interested in digital accessibility and universal design for learning. Developed and maintained by Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop), the site, Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning, supports a campus-wide initiative to ensure that education is accessible to everyone and that digital teaching materials are usable by the largest number of people possible, under the widest variety of circumstances possible.
The site offers visitors a variety of ways to explore digital accessibility and the principles of universal design for learning, with a particular focus on the influence of both on teaching and learning. For faculty, the site provides tips, techniques and strategies for incorporating accessibility and universal design into teaching and learning, along with such resources as whitepapers, webinars, checklists, tutorials and guidelines. In addition, faculty can use the site to schedule consultations with instructional design consultants at the IDEA Shop to discuss the pedagogical aspects of accessibility and universal design for learning. Students will find on the site practical, current answers to questions about accommodation of students with disabilities, assistive technology and campus resources.
According to Leslie Madsen-Brooks, director of the IDEA Shop, the site has been developed with two guiding ideas in mind:
- Accessibility is a civil right.
- Everyone – both those with disabilities and those without – can benefit from accessible digital teaching materials based on the principles of universal design for learning.