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ERIC Number: EJ951246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
Universal Design for the Digital Environment: Transforming the Institution
Rowland, Cyndi; Mariger, Heather; Siegel, Peter M.; Whiting, Jonathan
EDUCAUSE Review, v45 n6 p14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 Nov-Dec 2010
A revolution is about to transform higher education. To participate in this revolution, those in higher education need to explore a critical concept: "universal design." Universal design was originally aimed at innovations in architecture, community spaces, and products, but today it is about creating services and products, from the beginning, in ways that will benefit the widest array of users, including those with disabilities, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. It is now time for universal design to make the jump to cyberspace: allowing everyone to engage fully in rich digital experiences is critical not only to a just world but also to a competitive higher education institution. Because people live so much of their lives in the context of online services and information, they will see, over the next five years, a rapid shift in the focus of universal design across campuses nationwide. This shift will be toward Universal Design for Digital Environments (UDDE): designing electronic services and products effectively from the start so that they allow full engagement in the rich experiences of the electronic world, thus creating new capabilities that serve everyone. UDDE comprises universal design for electronic services, for web pages and web-based services, for electronic materials, media, and publications, and for electronic simulations, games, social networking, and online environments generally. The Internet has matured to become the "front door" of academic life--more and more, the web is the center for learning, teaching, collaborating, and information sharing, as well as for provisioning and receiving financial, medical, and other services. Over the next years, campus leaders can expect to see the effectiveness and accessibility of electronic services and materials become a key measure of excellence for institutions of higher education nationwide. (Contains 28 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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