Access E-Learning is a tutorial of the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech.
This tutorial is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students.
The primary goals of this module are to:
(1) make distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and
(2) enhance the usability of online materials for all students.
Target Student Population:
Educational developers of online teaching and integrating technology into their curriculum, which could include undergraduate and graduate education majors.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The first two modules only require basic computer knowledge. The other eight modules require knowledge of the tools listed for each module to develop online materials, such as videos, flash, PDF, webpages, and Java.
Type of Material:
Tutorial and Practice
No special technical requirements are needed to view the 10 modules. Several of the modules include the development of learning materials through the use of videos, flash, PDF, webpages, and Java. Therefore, some modules would have special requirements.
Evaluation and Observation
The content is well organized and presented in ten easy to use tutorial modules. The modules present valid concepts on how to make distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, while at the same time enhancing the usability of online materials for all students.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This website could be useful to instructors at all levels that develop online materials. The ten modules contain information and instructional techniques to design and development online materials to assist the needs of students with disabilities and to enhance the usability for all students.
The website also provides information for education majors in higher education, such as teacher candidates, that develop technology enhanced lessons for their practicum and student teaching classroom students.
In addition, the information within the modules could be used as a guide for instructional technology developers.
This material gives clear instructions and information that can readily be integrated into any teacher's curriculum.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This is an easy to navigate and use website. It is well organized with easy to follow labels and buttons. There are several links within each module if the user would like additional information or would like to download online programs to use in the development of their educational materials.