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ERIC Number: EJ1080842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5804
Developing an Online Accessible Science Course for All Learners
Veal, William; Bray, Marty; Flowers, Claudia
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v5 n3-4 p271-289 2005
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was a landmark legislative initiative that outlined the protection of individuals with disabilities. The 1997 amendment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (U.S. Congress, 1999) stipulates that students with disabilities are to be educated in the general education curriculum. Institutions of Higher Education are not immune from these policies. In addition, common actions like course development and teaching must include considerations and compliance with the ADA and IDEA guidelines. These guidelines have also extended to the realm of computer technology in recent years (e.g., Chalfen & Farb, 1996; Mendle, 1995) especially as they pertain to online delivery of instruction. In recent years online instruction has quickly risen in popularity among universities and colleges as one mode of instruction (Kiefer-O'Donnell & Spooner, 2002). Even though the use of online instruction has progressed quickly, online learning accommodations for people with disabilities has lagged behind other curricular issues (Gardner & Wissick, 2002). The purposes of this article are to exam online Internet content of an Earth and environmental science (EES) course and determine if the format and design of the Internet content is appropriate for students with visual disabilities. The course used external Web sites on the Internet as the main source of content; thus, the study focused on the impact of an online course design on a specific community of learners and suggests how instructors at all levels might need to revise curriculum that uses the Internet for content to meet the learning needs of some marginalized learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990
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