Aloha and Welcome to Beyond Accessibility Toward Inclusivity: Making learning available to as many as possible.
The purpose of this site is to serve as a resource for Leeward Community College’s instructors who are creating adaptable and flexible educational resources that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs. Leeward CC, a campus within the University of Hawaii (UH) System follow the guidelines set by the UH System.
Leeward CC has chosen to use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as our framework to design learning to be as inclusive as possible from the very beginning. Accessibility of online materials falls within the Representation area of UDL.
This site is organized into the following areas:
- Universal Design for Learning – redesign your course to make it inclusive for all learners
- Accessibility – create accessible online materials using the step-by-step “how to” guides
- Professional Learning – learn to implement UDL and Accessibility
As a higher education institution, we are obliged to provide accessible learning materials and technologies for students with disabilities. However, we aim to go beyond simply providing accessible information. Our goal is to ensure learning opportunities are inclusive of all.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Though still in its infancy, OER can have a significant impact on students’ learning and instructors’ teaching. OER can help to overcome barriers of students’ access to course materials, reduce the cost of higher education, and give instructors the freedom to customize materials to meet their students’ needs and reach curriculum goals.
Designing for inclusivity and incorporating accessibility in the course design process is a natural progression of using OER. While many OER materials have been created in an accessible format, there are some that are not. Those materials can be modified (as long as the Creative Commons license allows for it) into an accessible or alternate format and redistributed. Learn more about the Leeward CC Open Educational Resources initiative.
For Distance Education courses in which all of the materials are online, it is important for the materials to be available in an accessible format. Learn more about the Leeward CC Distance Education program.
The resources on this site encourage a proactive design approach. If you have students in your course who need disability support services, please contact the Kākoʻo ʻIke Program.
Students Seeking Accommodations
Students seeking disability support and services please go to Kākoʻo ʻIke Program.
CAST (2018). UDL and the learning brain. Wakefield, MA: Author.Retrieved on June 7, 2018 from http://www.cast.org/our-work/publications/2018/udl-learning-brain-neuroscience.html / Modified by removing network indicators and adding “Accessibility of Online Materials”, rectangle encompassing everything, and title “Professional Learning encompasses UDL and Accessibility.”