Lightning 1.3: Inclusive LMS (Learning Management System) for students with disabilities in HE
Considering the voices of students with disability, this research project conducts a qualitative and quantitative study to explore the perceptions of students with disabilities in HE and educators to assess how LMS, particularly Canvas, can be used as a platform to deliver more inclusive education experiences.
The LMS, particularly Canvas platform, increase flexibility in the pace of study, enhance time for information processing and reduce the need for disclosure. While welcome these enhancements, they do not fully serve the needs of those with diverse disabilities and/or users from underrepresented minorities in the context of possibilities promoted under the universal design for learning (UDL) framework. Considering this, this project explores the perceptions of students in University College Cork (UCC) to examine inclusive teaching and learning through the online LMS. It evaluates the impact of UDL principles and practices on student experiences of accessibility to course materials and assesses what module design on LMS can enhance equity/equality of access to, and engagement with, learning outcomes across the students with disability. It also explores the perceptions of DSS (Disability Support Services) tutors to understand how LMS can be used as a platform to deliver more inclusive education experiences.
Slides for Lightning Talk 1.3 Day 1