1st Edition

ACCESS: Accessible Course Construction for Every Student’s Success

By Cat Mahaffey, Ashlyn C. Walden Copyright 2025
    140 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    140 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    ACCESS: Accessible Course Construction for Every Student’s Success is a practical guide to digital course design that incorporates and exceeds current accessibility practices for disabled and non-disabled students in higher education. Today’s rapid proliferation of online, blended, and hybrid learning systems has alerted college and university staff to unforeseen yet urgent lapses in accommodating students’ various learning needs and preferences. This book offers a wealth of learning design and delivery strategies that meaningfully address the notions of accessibility that move beyond compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Each chapter explores accessibility in a situated context, making this an ideal resource for instructional design students and professionals, learning scientists, disability support personnel, and faculty developing their own digital courses.

    Introduction 1. Content Development 2. Assignments 3. Engagement 4. Designing for Assistive Technologies 5. Online Privacy 6. Choosing Classroom Technologies 7. Course Mapping 8. Scaffolding 9. Navigation

    Biography

    Cat Mahaffey is Teaching Professor in the Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. She currently serves as President of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators and as a Quality Matters Master Reviewer.

     

    Ashlyn C. Walden is Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. She currently serves as the editor of Research in Online Literacy Education and is a continuing Ph.D. student in the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design program at Clemson University, USA.