Making access to higher education more equitable and productive
The pandemic exposed the hidden depth of the digital divide faced by many college students, raising complicated questions for college and university officials.
Blackboard 'Ally' tool aids course design for students with disabilities
Blackboard recently released a free, online course based on insights from its accessibility tool, Blackboard Ally, which is used at more than 700 institutions.
College textbook quarantine boosts safety, challenges accessibility
Santa Fe Community College quarantines each returned book for three days, but librarians said the policy has strained access for those already struggling most during the pandemic.
Pandemic amplified students' growing reliance on technology, says Educause
A new Educause survey found that concerns of internet access, data protection and online accessibility were at the top of students' minds even before the pandemic hit.
Gallaudet University gives students Apple devices to ease online learning
Students and faculty at Gallaudet University received an iPad ahead of the semester to help make learning remotely more accessible and personalized.
Ohio State launches app to connect blind students with remote helpers
The mobile app will allow low-vision and blind students to call assistants who can read signs, describe surrounding and guide them through campus.
Michigan State to give blind students free electronic braille displays
To help support their distance learning during the pandemic, blind students at Michigan State University will receive free, portable braille readers.
California businesses partner to improve student access to distance learning
The cross-industry partnership will provide thousands of students access to high-speed internet and devices that can be used to continue their educations during the pandemic.
Students saved nearly $5M with Penn State's open educational resources
The program's success in widening access to education has prompted university leaders to invest an additional $600,000 in OER.