Decoding our online accessibility challenges

What online accessibility challenges do colleges still need to decode before fall?

Reported by EdSurge, the two biggest challenges making sure students could transition to online learning this past spring were physical accessibility (making sure students had computers), and connection accessibility (making sure students had internet). That latter one is often the trickier challenge that money alone can’t solve for. If our students are remotely located, and there’s no wi-fi in their town, we’re left with working with local libraries and city halls to set up wi-fi hotspots.

And only after those mandates are solved do we even start getting to the more difficult accessibility issues of ensuring those with reading or other disabilities can effectively navigate our courses.

The takeaway? Our IT teams have been the hidden superheroes behind making our emergency remote teaching as successful as it has been. What do they need to make sure fall is even a whole lot better?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.