Creating Inclusive and Engaging Online Courses

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Creating Inclusive and Engaging Online Courses

A Teaching Guide

9781800888876 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Monica Sanders, Faculty, Georgetown University Law Center and Senior Fellow, Tulane University, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, US
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 887 6 Extent: 176 pp
The recent imperative for online teaching has brought many educational challenges to the fore. Featuring current topics such as accessibility, diversity, and mobile access, this guide contains everything a teacher needs to make a great online course in one read. The author provides step by step instructions for coding classes, appendices with relevant laws and a copyright checklist, a resource list for online course design and a bibliography of theory and applied pedagogy. In addition, techniques to improve engagement for both students and instructors are shared.

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The recent imperative for online teaching has brought many educational challenges to the fore. Featuring current topics such as accessibility, diversity, and mobile access, this guide contains everything a teacher needs to make a great online course in one read.

The author provides step by step instructions for coding classes, appendices with relevant laws and a copyright checklist, a resource list for online course design and a bibliography of theory and applied pedagogy. In addition, she shares techniques to improve engagement for both students and instructors.

Professors, instructors, and librarians in higher education teaching online, hybrid or flex courses that are looking for ways to build interesting classes for a diverse student body will find inspiration and direction in Creating Inclusive and Engaging Online Courses.
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‘Nelson Mandela called education the most powerful weapon to change the world. Today, equitable access to educational opportunities is arguably as important as the quality of the pedagogy itself. As a former Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator and as a current masters-level online and hybrid professor, I applaud Monica Sanders’ new book, Creating Inclusive and Engaging Online Courses, that is intent on practically and equitably harnessing this weapon in a post-Covid digital learning environment. Highlighting a disabled vulnerable population, this writing directly connects itself to the practice of teaching and distilling what accessible online instruction should be.

The Covid-19 pandemic rang an educational bell about the potential of online learning that cannot be unheard. And while a majority of online learners are dissatisfied with their experience, the solution is likely only a few degrees off target and not an overreaction back to exclusive, campus-only learning. In my own teaching experience, having a student from, for example, Kyrgyzstan sitting virtually next to another from Texas or London represents an expansive and inclusive learning opportunity that would not be available if the class was limited by the traditional brick and mortar mechanism where attendance often takes place in higher-income, urban settings.

In 1990, the ADA began to redefine what accessibility meant to communities. In the process, greater access was realized for the whole community, not just the disabled population. Today, this book helps us define what accessibility means in online teaching and learning for all students and that the digital product need not represent an inherent sacrifice to any part of the student experience. This book about Inclusive and Engaging Course Design draws upon teaching methods from Socrates to the new standards of digital citizenship that support the step-by-step implementation of their online educational framework. It is with enthusiasm and necessity that I recommend a focused read of this work.’
– Erik Xavier Wood, Georgetown University, US
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Contributors include: LiAnne Brown, Ladislava Khailova, Raven Lanier, Susannah McGowan, Monica Sanders, Eileen Young
Contents
Contents:

Foreword xiii
Preface xvii
Acknowledgements xxiii
1 Introduction to Creating Inclusive and Engaging
Online Courses 1
Monica Sanders

PART I COURSE ACCESSIBILITY AND COPYRIGHT
2 Democratizing course access 11
Eileen Young
3 Managing copyright online 23
Raven Lanier

PART II THE TEACHING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE
4 Inclusive course design 36
LiAnne Brown
5 Accessibility tools 57
Monica Sanders
6 Managing pace and workload in online courses 70
Susannah McGowan
7 Apps, tools and assignment ideas for online engagement 86
Monica Sanders
8 Developing and incorporating impactful library
research guides for online and hybrid learners 101
Ladislava Khailova
Appendix I: Notes and additional resources for inclusive,
engaging online course design 118
Appendix II: Copyright checklist 120
Appendix III: ADAA 129
Bibliography 131

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