I have started on the OU H810 course looking at disability and the on-line learner. It has already got me thinking:
- we should not concentrate on disability as something within a learner but rather we should think about whether there is something in the learning environment which is a barrier to a student’s learning
- in my online course maybe I should ask for students to declare any potential barriers they anticipate before the course starts.
- How do we decide what measures to remove a barrier are reasonable and which are not?
- I am hourly-paid; does that have any impact on the extent of the measures I would be expected to take? Should my commitment be open-ended?
I can already see that H810 is going to help me do a much better job of making my course more accessible.