Distance Education and eLearning

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ADA Accessibility

About the Americans with Disabilities Act

"Nearly all colleges and universities are subject to the ADA, Section 504, or both. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides broad nondiscrimination protection in employment, public services, and public accommodations (including many areas of colleges and universities), for individuals with disabilities. The ADA is enforced by multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, solely on the basis of the disability, in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. Section 504 is enforced by, amongst others, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education," (Higher Education Compliance Alliance, 2018).

To explore ADA in depth, please visit the Higher Education Compliance Alliance's page on Disabilities and Accommodations

Introducing Ally

To support UNCW's commitment to inclusiveness, Distance Education and eLearning (DEeL) will be piloting Ally, a Canvas integrated tool, in the Spring of 2020. Ally assists instructors with the creation of accessible course content in Canvas without changing how anything works in your Canvas course.

Check out our PDFs down below to learn more about Ally and the Ally pilot. 

ADA Spotcheck Protocol

In order to ensure ADA accessibility standards at UNCW an ADA audit of online courses is done every Fall and Spring semester. To learn more about this process, please visit our ADA Spotcheck page.


How to Make Your Online Content More Accessible

Here are some resources to help you make some of the most common online content more accessible. If you have questions about other items or how to design your course in a more universal design for learning please contact elearning@uncw.edu to schedule an appointment with an Instructional Designer.

Universal Design for Learning

Click on the image below to take an interactive tour of the 3 guiding principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  This will open in a new window. 

  Click image to launch UDL interactive lesson

Additional Resources