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Basic Course Forum


This piece focuses on the potential of technologies adopted during the COVID-19 crisis to enhance accessibility for students with disabilities in the basic course. The pandemic disrupted traditional modes of teaching and learning and required basic course instructors to seek out technologies that could help meet the goals of a traditional classroom experience. This piece suggests that this spirit of flexibility with technology should be retained in traditional classrooms going forward, as it can benefit students with disabilities. First, Universal Design for Learning is discussed, including its emphasis on providing multiple options for learning and the guidelines it presents for creating more accessible classrooms. Then, discussion turns to two examples of technologies utilized during the pandemic that could be retained and deployed to offer a variety of learning options for students. Such options increase accessibility and benefit all students.



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